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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Theology of the Paper

I am trying to write my paper for my class, but for the last few days, due to my schedule, I've gotten out of the academic roll I was on. Sundays are good study days, normally, but not today.

Today it's beautiful out, if a bit windy. I want to be sitting outside, reading, grilling, walking the dogs, contemplating the breadcrust, etc. But no, I'm inside trying to form my outline. My TV is off, the radio is off...but unfortunately, my neighbors to the right are outside, the kids are yelling, the music is on, and I can hear it through my open kitchen window. I don't want to close the window because I need the fresh air, and the window in my livingroom where my desk and computer are located would shove that music right in at me. Unfortunately, it's not just a matter of the neighbor's radio; the neighbor on my left has a deck with his unit, and he lets his dog hang out on the deck, barking incessently at anything she sees. Not only is that annoying enough, but my German Shepherd does not get along with that dog and every time that demon dog barks, mine reacts in some way which is incredibly distracting to my studying. Thus, I'm not able to concentrate on anything serious.

So for now, I'm taking a break. I'm going to write my outline for the theology of the paper and how writing a paper can be redemptive.

I. Introduction/ Thesis - How is writing a paper redemptive? Why do we write papers? I will show how writing a paper can save not only the writer, but the world.

II. Definitions: What is a paper?
A. History of a paper?
B. Theology of the paper - discuss morality, causes, and effects

III. First theme: Writing a paper is hard.

IV. Second theme: Writing a paper is redemptive.
A. Saves the writer - creates focus, forces intellectual integrity, provides a good grade which leads to a degree and a good career. And the ability to string words together cohesively.
B. Saves the world - a well written paper can present articulate discussions on a topic, which, if relevant to someone, can change their outlook on life for the better. The potential of a paper is enormous in consideration of the rollout effect.
C. Scattered examples of the above.

V. Writing a paper causes suffering, which reinforces redemption
A. Refer back to history and theology for an explanation of suffering resulting from deprivation of formal theological formation.
B. The suffering on behalf of theology, when it leads to a paper, serves as a psychological breakthrough, which changes the writer interiorly.
C. the writer becomes transformed into a student in the process of writing, and this can lead to sainthood if the correct path is followed.

IV. Conclusions: Writing a paper is hard, but it's redeptive and it's supposed to be worth the effort. Writing parody-style outlines is not helpful in formulating the thought processes needed to compose an actual thesis, but it can be a fun diversion. Fun is not really redemptive. Fun is the result of redemption. I haven't been redeemed yet so I am not allowed to have fun.

4 comments:

Cathy_of_Alex said...

LOL! I see the crust is still hanging on. I mean both you and the outside crust.

Ray from MN said...

Delightful, Adoro!

I think lots of college students would love that one. Although it might take a Catholic student to "get it."

Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

hehehehe. I don't have to write any papers for the biology paper I am doing at present. But I just got to go on this amazing weekend field trip, with 80 students, eight tutors and two lecturers. We looked at estuary life, creek life, bush life, and had a wonderful time!

Adoro te Devote said...

kiwi I'm jealous! That sounds like fun!

Cathy and Ray - well, you know me...always gotta have the crusty side