Monday, February 25, 2013

Historical Consciousness 1

Theology should eventually come to terms with historical consciousness. There is some practical urgency for the Church to do so, since she educates. Vatican II (in Optatam totius, and perhaps in Dei verbum) appears confused about what an historical approach to sacred doctrine can yield.

My article on Optatam totius and historical consciousness is almost done. Maybe I'll post it here, after the book of essays comes out.

We'll need a clear vocabulary (history-as-past-events, as remembered-past, as field-of-study, as methodical-discipline, as Romantic-fiction). We'll need to distinguish between bits of postmodernism. We'll need to think about pedagogy. We'll need to think about what kind of knowledge faith gives us about the past. We'll even need to proscribe some goofy claims. Oh, and it would be nice if we got the historians to stop being positivists.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Real education, virtual education

Here's a link to an interesting article by Jeff Selingo, of the Chronicle of Higher Ed.

For distance learning over computer and AV networks to approach the value of real, live participation in tutorials, discussions, and lectures, we would need much better technology. Even with the best conceivable technology, however, live contact would still be better. Why? Because we're humans, [dumbass!].