Monday, November 03, 2008

Shallow?

Hooray, another chapter submitted for my Masters. A short one this time, but progress is being made. I am so overwhelmed by the fact that I am touching the tip of the iceberg in my reading. There is SO much stuff out there. But I don't need any of my chapters to be definitive - I don't need to read it all. If I have to restart my Masters or if I do a doctorate (distant future!) I think I will try to choose a really narrow topic so that I can research definitively in the space available. There is much more of a sense of achievement and discovery, I think. Although I am learning a lot from my reading now. My chapter now was on John Wesley and community - the obvious contribution he made was class meetings, but I was quite inspired by a lot of what I read. He set pretty high standards for living - but I (in good post-modern fashion) struggle to reconcile the way he lived - and treated his wife - with what he teaches. By no means was he a hypocrite - he gave his life passionately to the cause. Perhaps I am overly critical. Am I demanding perfection and unable to forgive the discrepancies in his character - the like of which we all undoubedly have?
I'd better be careful!

1 comment:

Rock in the Grass (Pete Grassow) said...

Jenny - we can only truly appreciate our spiritual heroes when we discover their feet of clay. This is where we move from hagiography to biography. A person is truly great when they inspire us, weaknesses and all: every "saint" in history was an ordinary fallible person who rose to extraordinary challenges.