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