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Surprise!

Tonight was my school’s Annual Dinner to honor the Class of 2014, Dean’s List Students, and Distinguished Faculty (all capitalization in original). As a member of the class of 2014, I was happy to attend and celebrate with classmates, faculty, … Continue reading

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Thesis Progress Report: Final draft!

I just submitted my complete final draft to my advisor and second reader for their final review. The title is: The Church as the Locus of Desire for God: Towards a Mimetic Ecclesiology It is 120 pages long, including front … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Milbank (via Burrell)

Burrell, David B. “An Introduction to Theology and Social Theory, beyond Secular Reason.” Modern Theology 8, no. 4 (October 1, 1992): 319–29. David Burrell presents an introduction to John Milbank’s constructive critique of secularism Theology and Social Theory to open … Continue reading

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Children, Priests, and Scandal in Church

Here’s the story: on his way to the ambo (pulpit) to give his homily (sermon), the presiding priest detoured to approach “a family with several small children under the age of four who were sitting near the front of the … Continue reading

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Visualizing thesis, Chapter Three!

Turned in the first draft of the last sections of chapter three last night to my advisor, and tonight to my second reader. Woot!

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Who constitutes the church? A hypothesis on clericalism, factionalism, and mimetic rivalry

I’m still working through the issue of mimetic rivalry between clergy and laity. Part of what’s going on is certainly factionalism. But then I tried to figure out, okay, so who exactly are in the clericalist and anti-clericalist factions? There … Continue reading

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Clericalism, Anti-Clericalism, and Mimetic Rivalry

So on Friday, the 2nd reader for my thesis articulated something that he saw in my chapter section that I had not. In the particular bit of my paper he referred to, I had used the language of the ordained … Continue reading

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A Mimetic Doctrine of the Church: The Locus of Desire for Salvation

The first thing to be said about a mimetic ecclesiology is that it produces a very strong doctrine of the church. Not strong in the sense of triumphalism, but in the sense of essential: if human beings desire according to … Continue reading

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Thesis progress report: Chapter Three

So I haven’t been blogging much lately, because all my writing time is going into my thesis. I’m more than halfway through the first draft of my third chapter — even if I don’t break criteria/assessment/critiques and conclusions into a … Continue reading

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Redekop’s Mimetic Structures of Blessing and Reconciliation

I got swept away by a productive digression in the middle of responding to Redekop’s outstanding paper, so this is part two. (Read part one.) Vern Neufeld Redekop, “Mimetic Structures of Violence and of Blessing: Creating a Discursive Framework for … Continue reading

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