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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Things to be thankful for

Some of the questions that did not make it into this year's General Ordination Examination for the Episcopal Church...

Christian Theology: Summarize Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae in three succinct sentences. You may use your Bible.

Church History: St. Martin of Tours, Pope Clement VII and Karl Barth were not contemporaries. Had they known each other, how might the Reformation have turned out differently?

Liturgics and Church Music: Design a worship service that satisfies Liberals, Conservatives, Moderates, and the entire population of Ancient Rome, ca. 3 BCE. You may use your Bible, BCP, and any currently authorized liturgical resources.

The Holy Scriptures: Memorize the Bible. Recite it in tongues.

Theory and Practice of Ministry: Imagine you have the stigmata. Would it affect your productivity at work? Would you still be admitted into fine restaurants? Would it be covered by your medical insurance, or should it constitute a preexistent condition?

Studies in Contemporary Society: What would it mean to be eternal, co-eternal, and nonexistent all at once? Compare and contrast views from the Eurocentric and Global South experiences.

Ethics and Moral Theology: St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine of Hippo decide to rob a bank. The note to the teller is 1,200 pages long, not counting footnotes, complete with a promise of damnation if the teller does not accept immediate Baptism. In the middle of the heist, they engage in an extended debate as to whether or not the money really exists. Are they committing a mortal or a venial sin?


Blogger Clueless Christian said...

Interestingly enough, when I lived in Sri Lanka, the priest at the Anglican church I used to attend (I forget his name) did indeed have the stigmata. He had to wear gloves at the Eucharist. (And no, it was not self inflicted. IIRC I was told that it came spontaneously while he was praying over a sick child (who recovered).

A very Godly man, though one that I was afraid of, since I was more than half committed to Buddhism at the time.

Fortunately, in Sri Lanka, the hospitals are government owned and don't talk about "preexisting conditions". However it certainly interfered with his work (and looked gross too, come to think of it).


October 17, 2004 9:47 AM  

Blogger Karen said...

Well, since the examiners have taken out the really hard stuff, I'm sure the GOE's will be a snap! :)

October 17, 2004 2:07 PM  

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