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Friday, May 04, 2007

on digesting and Hades

The trouble with undertaking a Sisyphusian task like digesting when you're a Neo-Calvinist is that the whole time you are digesting, you are acutely aware that there is work of eternal value and redeeming benefit to be done in the world. Some tasks are more meaningful than others in a universe that has the potential for and promise of one day being bathed in the sacred incandescence of God's glory. But the flip side is that there are tasks that are less meaningful as well; tasks that have no discernible redeeming (or pedagogical value), like rolling a boulder repeatedly up a hill...or digesting. At times like these, the belief of atheistic existentialists that all tasks are alike pointless and the universe is ultimately absurd might begin to sound somewhat appealing. But since it would probably be unwise to abandon my belief in God just to make digesting more palatable, I, unlike Camus' Sisyphus, can hardly smile about my present task.


Blogger Jason said...

Read Luther on vocation

5:47 AM  
Blogger shelah said...

I forgot for a moment the Westminster meaning for "digest" and was really struggling to figure out why you'd be so motivated to get out there into the world that eating would hold you back! I was thinking, what are they doing to my guys up there? =) I'll be praying for all of you over the next week!

12:38 PM  
Blogger snubnosed in alpha said...

Hey Jason,
I get that any real vocation can be Kingdom service, but digesting isn't really comparable to being a farm-hand, or a plumber, or a school teacher. But digesting is more akin to being someone forced to play patty-cake, held at gun-point for days on end.
Shelah, sorry for the confusion and thanks for the prayers. We could use 'em!

9:54 AM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

If I read Luther on vocation, do I also have to write a 10 page digest of the salient points?

Furthermore, will this digest be ungraded if completed on time? Will it likewise also count as an F if not completed on time?

If it is graded will be done arbitrarily, without any discernable criteria for success?

If so, I think you have the makings for an excellent Systematic Theology class at westminster on Luther's concepts of Christian Vocation.

10:08 AM  

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