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Errantry: Novak's Journal
...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
Theological Notebook: Whither the Gift of the Gab? 
13th-Sep-2011 12:13 am
Loyola Faculty Portrait
Oof! Just finished a seven-hour run of research-writing, after finishing my classes this afternoon. How can I know all I know, and have the fabled Irish Gift of the Gab, and still academic writing is as slow as it is?

Time to go home!

Highlight of the day, my Catholicism student Richard, still impressed and amazed by the difference between the kinds of things thought about in actual academic theology vs. the version of the material you get in childhood religious education, just bursting out with an exclamation that sputtered out with, "... But this stuff? ... Wowww! I mean, really...: WOW!"
15th-Sep-2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
has "actual academic theology" ever saved anybody? , one wonders
15th-Sep-2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
It's been good for me! My generation seems to be different. You had a generation or two there, so driven by the need to be accepted by secular intellectual elites, that everything distinctively or controversially Christian seemed to be able to be negotiated away and called scholarship. In retrospect, the "peer pressure" social games seem painfully obvious, but maybe that's an advantage of growing up in a postmodern "culture of suspicion." You had people who had absorbed the secular paradigm going to grad school, who had sometimes given up entirely on belief, but who became theological scholars of one sort or another. (This is, of course, a gross over-generalization.) Now, the only people who really seem to be doing the doctorates are serious believers who grew up an intellectual or cultural minority in this respect, and who aren't intimidated by it.
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