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Theological Notebook/Personal: At the Modernity conference 
1st-Dec-2006 01:19 am
Modernity: Yearning For The Infinite
Thus far:

1) I think I got most of Alasdair MacIntyre's 2006 Josef Pieper Lecture on "Islam, Modernity, and Us" for those of you who were begging for it with crazed fervour. I had a few "technical difficulties," but I should be able to get something up here in a few days, I think.

2) aristotle2002, I was able to chat with both Darragh (briefly before the lecture) and Greer (for much more length afterward). They hate you for not being there. And I didn't recognize Greer at first with her cute new haircut.

3) Also got to talk with former student Adam Skoczylas at some length, with Greer and a friend of his named Ellie, and hear the news about his life and marriage this summer to Maria, another high school student of mine. Spins my head, that.

4) Talked at some length with H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., of Rice University for the first time, perhaps because aristotle2002 wasn't there to grab his attention: very wild and very cool. I've been listening to this explosive scholar and ethicist for years and have always been dazzled. He launched into MacIntyre with predictable gusto. I sat next to a Romanian Orthodox priest named Iulian Anitei for the lecture who turned out to be Tris' son-in-law.

5) A guy named Paul came up to me and complemented me on the talk I gave on the Jewish mystical roots to the Prologue of the Gospel of John back at Marquette in October. Turns out that his fiancé works on campus (he's in the undergrad program in Catholic Studies at St. Thomas in Minnesota) and he just happened to be around that Friday and took in the lecture and the lively discussion with faculty that came afterward. How's that for totally random?!

6) Spent a couple of hours (11pm-1am) over at Wreckers afterwards, grabbing a late dinner and catching up with former fellow ND grad student/former fellow Folkhead/former neighbour Deirdre McQuade, who's now the "spokeschick" for the United States Bishops on pro-life issues. Lots of news to summarize and experiences to share from the continuing saga of grad school for me and the first year on the job for her. Everyone had said how it was the single position for which her whole life had been preparing her. Thus I wondered whether it had lived up to its potential and whether she was actually enjoying it to that extent. The good news was that she has been and is.

And now to bed.
2nd-Dec-2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Mark's a good friend of mine. He was under the impression that he was successfully keeping his Orthodoxy a secret. He used to be a Papist, you know.

2nd-Dec-2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Well I don't think he tells students, but in my Logic class he asked us around the second day when purgatory was invented and has done many other ex-Papist things since. :)
2nd-Dec-2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
And in my freshman studies class last week he said he 'knows' the Russian Orthodox priest in town, and has many Orthodox friends and so forth.

He's given lots of historical background (of the west, so to speak) the whole semester and let's just say.. it's not very Rome-friendly. But I suppose many would say the Church hasn't been friendly historically.
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