"Let unity, the greatest good of all goods, be your preoccupation." - St. Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to St. Polycarp)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Brief Update

Warde Hall at Mount Mercy University

Readers of Principium Unitatis have surely noticed that I haven't been writing here as much. One reason for that is that I wanted to devote my online energy to Called To Communion, because I believe that collaboration and communion is precisely that to which Christ calls us. Working with others exemplifies the divine work begun at Pentecost that reverses the division and fragmentation of Babel while preserving the beauty of its resulting diversity, as I have discussed here.

But another reason for my relative silence has been that I have focused on completing and defending my dissertation, which I did in December of 2012. I have since taken up a position at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; my office is in the building pictured in the photo to the right. So now I am focusing my energy and time on serving my students here at MMU. I believe that education in its fullest sense is a personal activity, and for humans that means that it is an embodied activity. Education is like eating together; you can't do that as well, or truly, while separated some great spatial distance. Philosophical education, in its fullest form, includes sapiential formation. And that takes place most perfectly only in shared embodied life together. Does that mean that there is no place for online or internet discussions/education? No, of course not. But for me it does mean that the form of education to which I wish to devote most of my energy and time is embodied education in embodied community, in face to face discussions, over shared meals, in reading groups conducted not just in classrooms or cafeteria, but also in my home, and in concrete charitable work done in the flesh together with others in the flesh. Lost in the ether of the internet is the dimension of the gospel that is incarnate, not gnostic. So I will not be posting here much at all for the foreseeable future. However, if any readers wish to study with me in this embodied, human way, here at Mount Mercy University, please contact me.