dies festus sancti valentini

a quick update:

Teaching continues on apace. Gave some midterm tests last week with some pretty good results, esp. among my Latin IIs. We’re off next week. I’m looking forward to some rest and lots of reading with no trips planned.

Speaking of reading, here’s my current list:

Mere Discipleship, Lee Camp (read this a couple of years ago, working through it a second time)

Seeking a Lasting City, Love, Foster, Harris

The Dream of Scipio, Iain Pears

“Paul’s Gospel and Caesar’s Empire,” N.T. Wright. I used Wright’s analysis of Philippians 3 to lead my Philippians class to re-think Paul’s words on suffering and citizenship in that chapter. I just purchased Wright’s Paul: In Fresh Perspective, which contains more on what he calls Paul’s “counter-imperialist theology.”

Lastly, I got comments back on my 1st chapter, intro and conclusion last week. It appears that I have a bit of work to do on the first chapter itself. I think that a decent amount of effort over the next week should finish that up though.


Finally, we were driving back home on Sunday from a quick trip to AL over the weekend, listening to Weekend Edition on NPR and heard a wonderful little piece on Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis.” The commentator was at pains to show how the composer’s ideas about spirituality affected two of his most substantive works: the “Missa” and the Symphony No. 9.

Anyway, listen to the piece and, then, for my CofC readers, ask yourselves: why is the Ode to Joy in our hymnals?


4 responses to “dies festus sancti valentini

  1. The Wright books sound interesting, might need to take a look.

    Alabama, eh? I didn’t see you on Sunday morning…

  2. Re. Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”– we (PCUSAers) also have it in our hymnal (the blue one, for you Presbys out there), although it carries the title “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” with words written by Henry van Dyke, 1907 (first published in the 1911 Presbyterian Hymnal).

    As van Dyke wrote, “These vers­es are sim­ple ex­press­ions of com­mon Christ­ian feel­ings and de­sires in this pre­sent time—hymns of to­day that may be sung to­ge­ther by peo­ple who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of sci­ence will de­stroy re­li­gion, or any re­vo­lu­tion on earth over­throw the king­dom of hea­ven. There­fore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.”

    Wow, that’s pretty loaded, isn’t it? Puts a whole new spin on the Beethoven debate. See http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/o/joyful.htm
    for more information (and cheesy musak, yeah!).

    I would note, of course, that Beethoven’s original words (which I’ve sung, ein deutsche, by the way) had to do with the brotherhood of mankind: “All the world shall lives as brothers,” etc., etc.).

    More food for thought…

  3. It’s called “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” in our hymnals, as well. Sorry that wasn’t quite clear. The implication I was reaching for, based upon the NPR piece was the deism that appears to be inherent in the words.

    What do you think?

    (Thanks for the link, btw.

  4. I will have to do that (and get back to you). Thanks.

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