This means that a proposal or thesis needs time to be disseminated and to make an impact. The availability of texts in electronic form makes them seem easily and quickly available but this is an advantage that does not really matter in the long run. What matters, however, is whether one finds readers willing to engage critically and supportively and this can easily take ten years or so, sometimes even longer. Therefore it is not necessary to update a paper constantly in the light of new literature, because new literature in our fields of research does not usually provide new data (as in the sciences) but rather competing readings of the same sources. (viii-ix)
I was very pleased this morning to receive this important collection of newly translated essays (from German) by Roland Deines, edited by Christoph Ochs and Peter Watts: The Acts of God in History. I was struck by the comment above, from the preface. This perspective is against the grain of a culture obsessed with immediacy and newness.