Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Ethical Maturity and Homework, Yucko!

I may not have as much time to post in the ensuing weeks as I would like.

God has prompted me to take the class in Christian Maturity, and then changing my major it just made sense to pick up a class in Medical Ethics online to get that out of the way so that I wouldn't have to take an ethics class the same semester as my MA final. What that means in real time is that I will have assignments due each week, and at the rate that I read and write, it will leave precious little time for blogging. I hope to keep up a bit, perhaps commenting on things I see during the day or things I read in my studies.

I have to admit that now that I have started re-reading Seven Storey Mountain for the Christian Maturity class I remember how much I loved it when I read it the first time at 30. What a difference 15 years makes though, I see it in such a different perspective now than I did back then. Can't wait to talk about that with my classmates this weekend.

The ethics homework is a lot less fun. My greatest problem there is that I just don't think or write like a theologian. I had that problem in Foundational Theology. I have a distinctive voice when I write and I really struggle when I am challenged to write outside of that voice. I have been told that rather than writing as a theologian for other theologians I write theologically for the BOLP (basic ordinary lay person - no knowledge or vocabulary of theology).

I intend to turn in the first assignment for ethics class in my own voice, and see how the professor decides to grade it. Depending on how low the grade is and how desperately I want to get an A I will decide whether I should change how I write my assignments. I am guessing that I won't change much.

Either way, this will be a very interesting semester. I will check in as often as I can.



Mark Mossa, SJ said...

If I only knew there was a class on Christian maturity, my life could have been so much easier! :)

Keep up the good work!


angelmeg said...

That begs the question though, when you were younger would you have bothered to take a class called Christian Maturity? I know I wouldn't have.