Fluid Media

Another thing I’ve said before: the survival mechanism for paying artists who participate in media subject to digital reproduction comes not through unsustainable, intrusive, obstructive digital-rights mechanisms, but through lowering the price of legitimate copies to the point that it’s more bother to obtain an illegitimate copy than to pay for a legit copy. If…

What Is Theological Education Like?

I’m sure I’ve talked about this before (yes, here at least), but as Seabury’s seniors graduate and as the Board of Trustees meets, and as I think over the content and methods of introducing students to the New Testament, I wonder again what graduate education in preparation for ministry should be like. Or — to…

Serving, Not Being Served

Last weekend, I received communion on consecutive days from newly-ordained former students of mine. That affected me deeply; these were folks who had spent years in my courses, whom I’d knocked myself out to invite into the practices of prayer and critical interpretation that equip a leader with deep, adaptive spiritual resources for recognizing and…

Whose Logic? Which Rationality?

Sometimes people invoke “logic” and “reason” as though these were self-evident, natural categories that can determine human action. In response, Margaret and I cite the following evidently fictitious example of someone exercising sensible, logical reasoning (via Boing Boing). As Margaret pointed out to me, the protagonist made a plausible, reasoned decision; it’s not that he…

Meet the Bible

What do I want in a course that introduces the New Testament? I’ve been thinking about it as I look back on the year’s teaching, and after reading the article in Inside Higher Education about Robert Frank’s economics curriculum. Part of the problem involves the interplay of cognition and judgment. Entering students in Bible generally…

Woo-woo!

You may remember that at last year’s choir banquet, Pippa walked away with two of the major awards (attendance and the Rector’s Award for exemplary ministry); I figured that she probably wouldn’t get any repeat awards, so she might manage without any this year. Tonight was the choir banquet, preceded by the final choral Evensong…

Much Thinking

The prospect of sabbatical leave provokes more lines of thinking and anticipating than I could realize in three or four years of time off teaching, but among the things I hope to do relatively soon is redesign this page.

Granulated, As In Sugar

Today was Commencement Day at Seabury; a flock of bloggers got their degrees. Heidi, the Archer, Raisin, Beth, and Laurel all became alumnae (except the Archer, an alumnus). While I’m at it, Court was ragging me last night for not going to his site or linking to him, so now I’ll make that link —…