Wednesday, September 04, 2002

On a more personal note...
We academics actually have our own version of the "substitute x for personal holiness" trick mentioned in the previous post. We tend to substitute the generation of "great" ideas (or blog entries) for the performance of acts of love. We get wrapped up in our projects and act like beasts to those closest to us. I know of people, for instance, who have paid for their Ph.D. programs in theology with a divorce. This is a clear example of disordered priorities. I think those warnings in The Imitation of Christ against intellectual pride are right on. What good does it do to be able to define a virtue if you aren't living a virtuous life?

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