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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Recent Advice

I recently got this question from a friend of a friend:
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Hello, Trent,

XXXXXX gave me your name as someone who might be able to give me some good reading references. I'm a doctoral student in YYYYYY at ZZZZZZ. One of our courses introduced us to the functional/positivist, social constructionist and post-modern (and their multiple iterations) paradigms. I'd like to read more about the them from a theological perspective. Specifically, how would Catholic Christians view the world? And other questions I don't even know how to ask, or more accurately, other questions I'm sure I have, but need to read more to know what questions to ask...Hmmmmm
Any suggestions?
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Here's my reply:

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XXXXXX gave me your name as someone who might be able to give me some good reading references. I'm a doc student in communication at Mizzou.
[Trent Dougherty] XXXXX’s awesome. Glad to help.

One of our courses introduced us to the functional/positivist, social constructionist and post-modern (and their multiple iterations) paradigms. I'd like to read more about the them from a theological perspective. Specifically, how would Catholic Christians view the world?

[Trent Dougherty] That’s pretty broad. I just read a passage from Chesterton where he says that all –isms take some one facet of Catholic Truth and try to make it the whole picture. Only the Catholic worldview can piece all these partial truths together into a coherent mosaic.

By far the best expression of the breadth and coherence of the Catholic worldview is the Catechism. Seriously, it’s just fantastic! Some other great reads would be Peter Kreeft’s book Fundamentals of the Faith. Also, C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity is very hard to beat. A Catholic would have to add the Magisterium of the Church to his Mere Christianity, but he faithfully represents the foundation.

And other questions I don't even know how to ask, or more accurately, other questions I'm sure I have, but need to read more to know what questions to ask...Hmmmmm

[Trent Dougherty] I think if you look at Kreeft’s or Lewis’s books it will spur your thoughts on and help organize them, helping you get more concrete on the questions you want to pursue first. There’s really no better place to start than with those books.

Please keep in touch.

td

4 Comments:

At Thursday, January 19, 2006 2:36:00 AM, Blogger Kip said...

Well well Trent, ole mentor and friend. It is good to see where you are. I have oft wondered where you had landed. I never really heard anything about you leaving Mizzou. In fact the last thing I heard about you was your accident with a fire which I hope has come to a good conclusion. I am currently in Kuwait serving my year long deployment for the Army. I, sadly to say, was not so studious in my studies at JCCC when I graduated High School and needed a little something to aid my discipline. I have about 7-9 months left here in this monochromatic abyss and eagerly await its end. If you so desire I also have a website. It is a little less original and a little more pop culture. It is www.xanga.com/zoractopia so if you ever have an egging to gaze upon its glory...lol...feel free. God Bless and give my best to the fam.

Kip Laverick

 
At Thursday, January 19, 2006 9:48:00 AM, Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

Kip! Glad to have my first international post! Glad to hear you are well. Send me a regular email. I'm going to go look at your site now.

td

 
At Wednesday, January 25, 2006 3:33:00 PM, Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Here's another international post just for fun! Not from anyone very Catholic.... quite lapsed in fact, but I came across your interesting looking blog.
I am travelling soon and plan to use my blog instead of long e-mails. I know most people will be too busy to read long e-mails. Most people will just want to know that 'I have safely arrived in Prague, have had a ball exploring and leave for Italy tomorrow'. But if I keep recording what I am doing as I travel in more detail on my blog, I figure they can get updates if they want!

 
At Thursday, January 26, 2006 1:07:00 PM, Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

Hopefully you'll relapse! Have a good trip. (Let me know when you get to Prague.)

 

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