Rick Warren


Round 1: Chatfield Bracket

Alright folks, the games have begun. Here is how it goes. Listed below are the match-ups, above the polls (where you vote) will be the matchup with links to information on the contestants. There are no guidelines for voting. You vote based on whatever qualifications you determine. Voting will be closed at 10 p.m. central time the day of the matchup (official results) and the results will be listed on the next post that has the next matchup voting.  So without further delay here are the “official” Duke Div Bracket results and the polls for the Chatfield Bracket.

Duke Div Bracket Results:

(1) St. Augustine defeated (16) Tony Jones: 36-0

(9) N.T. Wright defeated (8) Jonathan Edwards: 24-12

(5) Reinhold Niebuhr defeated (12) Richard Niebuhr: 27-6

(13) John of the Cross defeated (4) Francis Chan: 29-6

(6) Francis of Assisi defeated (11) Lesslie Newbigin: 30-4

(3) Mark Driscoll defeated (14) Adolph von Harnack: 20-14

(10) Charles Wesley defeated (7) Stanley Hauerwas: 20-15

(2) John Wesley defeated (15) Teresa of Avila: 31-4

Chatfield Bracket Voting:

(1) Martin Luther vs. (16) Thomas Merton

(8) Anne Lamott vs. (9) St. Benedict

(5) Dorothy Day vs. (12) John Howard Yoder

(4) Rick Warren vs. (13) John Cobb

(6) Henri Nouwen vs. (11) Jacob Arminius

(3) Pat Robertson vs. (14) Adam Hamilton

(7) Soren Kierkegaard vs. (10) St. Athanasius

(2) C.S. Lewis vs. (15) Marilynne Robinson

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Tourney Time: Influential Christian Thinkers

I love this time of year because of March Madness. I love to watch the excitement and the debate surrounding games, snubs, and upsets. I love to cheer on the Duke Blue Devils. Since I am trying to be more regular with my blogging, I thought I would do what many have done before: create a tourney around a topic. I have selected to do a tourney of influential Christian thinkers.

First thing to note: this list is not about the “most” influential and it is not exhaustive. I solicited some names from friends and threw in some of my own. The selection committee was made up of me and the seeding was too. Starting tomorrow there will be daily surveys where people can vote on the winners of the match-ups. I am also hoping that people will use the comment section to try and sway others into why a certain thinker should win over another. Here will be the schedule:

Friday March 18 – Northwestern Division Round 1

Monday March 21- Duke Divinity Division Round 1

Tuesday March 22- Chatfield Division Round 1

Wednesday March 23- Winona Division Round 1

Thursday March 24- Northwestern and Duke Divinity Round 2

Friday March 25- Chatfield and Winona Round 2

Monday March 28- Sweet 16

Tuesday March 29- Northwestern & Duke Divinity Elite 8 Matchups

Wednesday March 30- Chatfield & Winona  Elite 8 Matchups

Thursday March 31- Final Four Matchups

Friday April 1- Championship Matchup

Monday April 4- Champion Crowned

I won’t give much detail on the matchups until the Elite 8 matchups. I will try to provide links for further information on the people so people can learn more, etc.

The whole point of this is to have some fun and have some discussion. I am excited to see how some of these match-ups turn out. So without further delay, below is the final field of 64. Look them over and comment. Do you think someone got snubbed? Did somebody get a bad seed? Toughest bracket?