Monday, March 7, 2011

Andrei A PHD in what?

Anglican priest earns doctorate in spirituality of snowboarding

4 comment(s):

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

That's even crazier than what the Diane Keaton character said in the Woody Allen movie Sleeper.
"I'm great physically. I got a PHD in Oral sex."
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070707/quotes?qt0231361
I guess sex education at school will soon be relying on practical assessment!

JJ said...

Says it all about the current state of Anglicanism really. I remember a quote from Malcolm Muggeridge after he converted to Catholicism, where he called Anglicanism 'a bourgeois middle class cult.' How we need more like him in these decadent times.

ZenTiger said...

I'm going to confess I found the article very interesting, and it raised a few points I had been considering about the nature of individualism in our society that overlap with this article.

An underlying cultural context for the way we perceive the world is one of individualism, and when you can't see it's influence on our thinking is when it might be at its most powerful. It seems to me that some people reject institutions (religious and state and family) because of this undercurrent (base perspective?) of individualism and self.

Andrei said...

I'm going to confess I found the article very interesting, and it raised a few points I had been considering about the nature of individualism in our society that overlap with this article.

Me too Zen

The headline seemed almost Monty Pythonesque to
me but the substance of the story almost is Postmodernist.

There's this a Hungarian Priest interacting with youngsters skateboarding outside his Church He looks pretty Traditional, would that Catholic Priests in this country dress like that in public as a general rule,

But there is no PHD in skateboarding in play here, it is Pastoral interacting with his flock and build relationships.

I remember a Priest we had and after Divine Liturgy was over and he had completed the rites of Thanksgiving he would appear with a soccer ball outside the church and kick it about with all the boys and young men - he had in a previous life been quite a soccer player,

But none of this came into worship which was the very formal and sacred Liturgy of St John Chrysostom - it was a parishioner bonding exercise I guess, particularly with the younger members but also the older and a lot of fun.

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