Let’s be honest …

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  1. reminds me of my English 102 prof. He urged all the students to be open minded, and warned us that we would be continually offended in his class, especially if we couldn’t accept differing perspectives. I wrote a paper on the historicity of Jesus, and he gave me an ‘F’ for writing on a religious topic.

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  2. There is, however, a discussion to be had about (a) whether the command to “think for yourselves” isn’t also a product of late-capitalism, a variant of the command to enjoy, and (b) whether what Augustine calls the “law of love/Christ” that informs and constrains both the student and the teacher (who is also first and foremost, a student) of theology is the basis of a paideia that doesn’t operate within the terms of the either/or implicit in the cartoon’s humour.

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  3. … it might be worth also bringing in George Steiner’s remarkable little book, Lessons of the Masters (HUP, 2003), into the discussion. Steiner posits that the relationship between “master” and “pupil” is an erotic one, and subject to the vicissitudes and grammar of erotic love. So Heidegger betrays his former master, Husserl; and is then betrayed by his pupil (and lover), Arendt. Wittgenstein’s on/off relationship with Russell (captured so well in Monk’s biography) resembles all the angst of teenage love. Judas and Peter betray Jesus, and perhaps it is in the relationship between the events that follow this double betrayal, and the subsequent histories of both betrayers, that we see some of the perplexities that confront a specifically Christian account of paideia.

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  4. Andre: WOW … all that from a cartoon (and it’s not even a Leunig). I particularly appreciated your highlighting of the possible relationship between ‘thinking for yourselves’ and the late-capitalism. Much to ponder there, and (I suspect) one would not wish to make the connection too clear cut. And, seriously, how good is George Steiner! BTW: I can’t wait to read your thesis.

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