Here’s the latest poem by Oestreich. A good ending and an interesting reflection.
Here’s a new blog on how to get into an eager-beaver PhD program.
Here’s, apropos of researching programs, something I’m grateful for in all my fundamentalist education: my teachers were not people off on a career, they were not recruiting people avid about their careers, there was no mention at any point of a career at all. The world of academia is really obsessed with a career, about getting as much for yourself as possible. I’m getting turned off on all these programs and looking for places which conceive of the path of one’s life as faithfulness to a vocation. I have looked at chaps CV’s and scrolled through pages and pages of journal articles and thought: is there anything more inconsequential than a journal article?
It is enough to make me wish God had just called me to be a pastor. But he has not, and so I have to come to terms with all these academic things. If it is what one must do, one must do it. But I think of G.K. Chesterton and think about spiritual atmospheres. Are there PhD programs were vocation is more important than career? I’m going to put that question somehow on every personal statement I send out.