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September 12, 2005

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Esther,
I love this line of thinking. It only makes sense that people made in the image of a tri-personal God would derive their personhood from their relationships. I think it was Julian of Norwich who wrote on the fact that the entire notion of person was developed within Trinitarian thinking and then later applied to people (I could be wrong here. It's been a while since I took those classes.).

As for the Peter Pan dog reference that caught my eye as well. I had a conversation with a friend last week who said that he first became interested in studying relationships (he's a counselor now) because he was able to share his soul with his dog as a child and began to wonder if he could experience that kind of unconditional love and devotion in a human relationship.

Great observations. I can't wait for the book.

Dr. Meek, I am not surprised at all the parenting was philosophizing for you. After reading Fergus Kerr's Theology After Wittgenstein I found myself completely fascinated with everything about how my toddlers picked up language skills. It was like I was constantly taking notes to share with W's ghost. (Also I was enabled to read the later W with some understanding for the first time in my life.)

Esther,
A voice from the past is sweet. Your ideas of philosopher mom are resounding within my head as I contemplate the theology I learned at Covenant is enfleshed in community - with my biological family, my church family, and my co-workers. It seems that each day, there is something that awakens a voice from my past education, be it Prof. Barrs or Dr. Peterson, that suddenly becomes more than words, more than academic, but real, enfleshed, living, breathing theology. Those are truly wonderful moments.

Jason Brooks

To Mark, Mark, and Jason! Thanks for responding. I have much to ponder about personhood and knowing, and I am all ears, so am glad for the comment about J of Norwich and about the dog. As for Wittgenstein--what a great story! Very confirming. And Jason--wonderful to connect with you again. You evidence what I think is true of all learning: we come away having indwelt our teachers--having appropriated subsidiarily something larger and more palpable than their lecture outlines; and that is as it should be.

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