Sunday, August 09, 2009

This morning I was thinking that I should have pursued a theology degree. (Where, though? Not CUA or Notre Dame, probably. DSPT? The Dominican House of Studies? Ave Maria?)

Why did I pick philosophy? Because I was, and still am, a scholastic who believes that one should have an adequate education in philosophy before proceeding to speculative theology. (Of course, philosophy is not enough--one should be familiar with Sacred Scripture and with the Church Fathers. But what American university gives a sufficient introduction to the Church Fathers?) And for me, the best guides in philosophy are Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas.

But if the graduate education I received was very inadequate for training someone to become an Aristotelian-Thomist, then wouldn't the time have been better spent on a theology degree? At least it would be easier getting a job teaching at a Catholic high school or being a lay minister of some sort.

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