March Madness


The 2011 Influential Christian Thinker Champion

Well the field of 64 was narrowed down to just two: St. Augustine and Martin Luther. The championship game was one that was back and forth throughout the weekend with each competitor taking the lead at various points and many occasions where it was tied. With only 10 minutes to go the match was all knotted up and then Augustine was able to slowly separate himself from the great reformer Martin Luther. Final score: Augustine wins 29-27

So here is your Methodist Justin’s 2011 Influential Christian Thinker Champion:

St. Augustine


Championship Game

Well we had a frantic overtime game between Dietrich Bonhoeffer and St. Augustine but in the end Augustine prevailed: 135-99. Bonhoeffer started out strong in overtime but Augustine was just too much down the stretch and the late rally by Bonhoeffer was not enough.

So here we are now in the championship game with a match between Martin Luther and St. Augustine. Who will prevail? Voting for the championship will be open until Monday, April 4th at 1 p.m. central time and the winner will be crowned in an afternoon post on Monday.  Good luck to the two thinkers in the 1st annual Influential Christian Thinkers Tourney.

St. Augustine vs. Martin Luther

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Final Four: Overtime

Well for the second time in the tourney we have an overtime game.  Augustine and Bonhoeffer have ended regulation with a 15-15 tie, and so we have gone into overtime.  Here is what will happen: Below you will see the poll, the poll will be open until Noon (central standard time) to determine the winner and you can vote as many times as you like.

In our other game, Martin Luther defeated Martin Luther King Jr by a score of 19-11. Martin Luther is now awaiting his competition in the championship game.  Due to this overtime game, the championship game will begin sometime this afternoon and will go into Monday with the champion now declared on Tuesday (baring another tie).


Dietrich Bonhoeffer vs. St. Augustine

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The Final Four

So we have reached the Final Four and we have three #1 seeds and a #6.  The voting for the Final Four is today until 10 p.m. central time and then the championship game is tomorrow. The championship game voting will run until Sunday evening at 10 p.m.

Final two thinkers punch their ticket into the Final Four!

Chatfield Bracket:  (1) Martin Luther defeats (2) C.S. Lewis : 23-10

Winona Bracket: (1) Martin Luther King Jr defeats (10) Gregory of Nyssa: 23-10


Dietrich Bonhoeffer vs. St. Augustine

Martin Luther vs. Martin Luther King Jr.

elite eight

Elite Eight: Chatfield and Winona

So we are down to the Elite Eight.  Below are the results from yesterday and then the last two competitions of the Elite Eight. I know I wrote that I would give more in-depth previews of the individuals for this round, but to be honest I just feel that the links give you enough information.  Once again the polls close at 10 p.m. central time so get your vote in and spread the word.

First two thinkers punch their ticket into the Final Four!

Northwestern Bracket:  (6) Dietrich Bonhoeffer upsets (1) John Calvin: 16-14

Duke Divinity Bracket: (1) St. Augustine holds on to defeat (2) John Wesley: 17-13

Today’s Voting:

Chatfield Bracket:

(1) Martin Luther vs. (2) C.S. Lewis

Winona Bracket:

(1) Martin Luther King Jr. vs. (10) Gregory of Nyssa