I don’t think there can be any question that the defining moment for AUFS this year was Brandy’s trilogy of posts on gender and theology (1, 2, 3), which led to a vast and fascinating discussion and prompted us to revise our comment policy. I have noticed some increase in women’s participation here, and I hope everyone will keep us accountable to our commitment to making this a more welcoming environment.
Brandy’s discussion was a rare occasion when traffic matched up closely with what we were most proud of — we had our single best traffic day, week, and month in November, and we appear to have gained a significant number of new readers as well, because December beat November’s record by far. If you look at our top posts, though, it appears that our blog is still dominated by our controversy with Radical Orthodoxy and our bemused attitude toward Object-Oriented Ontology (most notably the two guest posts from Alex Galloway). That is something I would hope to put behind us in the coming year. As we clarified after learning of Facebook gossip dismissing us as lightweights, we stand behind our published work on Radical Orthodoxy. As for OOO, I’m just not sure what more there is to say.
Another high point was our book event on Dan Barber’s excellent On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, Secularity (Amazon: US, UK, Book Depository). His more recent post on anger is another personal favorite of mine. I also celebrate all of Beatrice’s posts this year, particularly in the last couple months, as well as Brad’s research agenda on “The Unruliness of Angelic Bodies”, for which someone should start up a Kickstarter.
A trend that sticks out to me looking back over the posts from last year is a clarification of our relationship to theology, as shown in Anthony’s post What’s Love Got to Do With It? and my post arguing that philosophy is to theology as eternal is to historical. This year was also a time of greater diversification as Christopher Rodkey’s sermons, Jeremy Ridenour’s reflections on clinical psychoanalysis, Josh K-sky’s movie posts all added much-appreciated variety to the blog.
Of course, nothing can compare to my post on MacGyver and neoliberalism, though I might be biased.
What do you think, faithful readers?