Peter Phan at AAR

Georgetown Theology Department

Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University

Lectio author and noted eschatologist Peter C. Phan will present at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Diego on Friday, November 21, 2014. Peter will address the “unpublished last chapter” of Raimon Panikkar’s The Rhythm of Being (2010). The presentation will give an overview of Panikkar’s thought on the three themes of “Eschatology,” the Being of Time,” and “the Time of Being” and will explore the reasons why he finds the text as its stands unsatisfactory and whether his apology for taking twenty years to come to the admission of his inability to write anything on eschatological matters is justified.

The presentation is part of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy session in P21.203 from 2 – 6 pm. Professor Phan will have on hand copies of his newest book published by Lectio PublishingLiving Into Death, Dying Into Life: 
A Christian Theology of Death and Life Eternal available now.

Information about the AAR 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego can be found on their website.

Lectio Publishes Kenan Osborne

This month we publishSacramental Theology covered a book titled Sacramental Theology – 50 Years After Vatican II, which has been published as both a softcover and eBook. The book honors the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and traces the major issues promulgated at Vatican II as they relate to both the meaning and celebration of the sacraments today.

The author is Franciscan theologian Kenan B. Osborne, O.F.M., a scholar of international repute and is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the Franciscan School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA where he taught for over 30 years. He is a frequent guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and the world, mostly recently in China and Korea. He is considered an expert in Christology, the sacraments, the permanent diaconate, post-Vatican II theology, and contemporary and Chinese philosophy.

Information, and a downloadable excerpt, can be accessed on the Lectio Publishing website.

— Linda Wolf

In Sync With Academic Publishing Gutenberg first used moveable type for printing around 1439. Fast forward 574 years to find Project Gutenberg offering almost 50,000 out-of-copyright books free to read online or to download as eBooks. Publishing as an industry thrived for hundreds of years, until the mid-1990s when the Internet had a revolutionary impact on culture, commerce, and publishing. The more recent and dramatic changes in publishing were obvious to Lectio’s co-founders Brennan Hill, a former professor (now emeritus) at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and publisher of over 25 academic and popular books on religion and theological studies. So Brennan approached Eric Wolf, web expert and adjunct professor of Biblical Studies at The Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati; and Linda Wolf, marketing guru, graphic artist, writer, editor, and founder of digital marketing services group, ActiveCanvas. Collectively, we agreed that the future of publishing is sandwiched somewhere between open access initiatives and the current protected systems where books are bought and sold. We believe it’s creeping around the extremities of these two methods, and that the face of publishing is changing so rapidly that only the swift will survive. For centuries, physical books have shaped the exchange of knowledge. A well-produced book by a learned author was a source of pride and accomplishment for the author and a gift to the reader. Somewhere in the last decade, however, academic publishing was subjected to declining book sales. As students and professors became more and more comfortable in a digital world, used books became easier to obtain online. Gone are the days when publishers stockpiled books in vast warehouses and employed armies of sales reps to call on university libraries and hawk wares from draped conference tables. Nowadays, a click of a mouse can order a book (new or used) delivered usually for free by Amazon or Barnes & Noble and the search term “used textbooks” returns over 113,000 results. Library budgets are being trimmed, while shelving is being replaced with workstations. Still, colleges and universities continue to regard the well-published book as basis for professional promotion, status, and tenure. Manuscripts still require peer review, proposals, and editors. Books still require layouts, cover designs, ISBNs and review copies. They have to be printed, shipped, promoted, sold, and exchanged. So we formed Lectio Publishing in 2013 to primarily publish the work of scholarly writers in the fields of theology, religious studies, and spirituality. We want to:

  1. court both traditional and digital media simultaneously to provide high quality personalized services to a select group of authors
  2. keep overhead to a minimum so we can publish student-affordable softcovers and eBooks
  3. remain open-minded about the future where books and the ideas, arguments, thoughts, and debates they create organically expand a book’s usefulness and longevity.

We invite authors to have conversations with us about how much or how little they want to be involved in the publishing of their books, especially to explore incorporating social media efforts to connect their ideas to their audiences with informal dialogue and discussion.