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Friday, June 10, 2005

Library Traffic

Well, today was a day for copying articles in the library. The term in Durham ends on 24 June but the students have completed their exams and basically are just hanging out and having a good time until the end of term on 24 June. Lots of parties and fun for them.

But, for research students, it means empty libraries and that was the scene today. It was most wonderful!!! I was able to be in the periodical stacks today all by myself and owned the copy machine the entire time and set out copying articles most of the day. (As a research student, I get £75 per year for copies and ILL on books. It helps the budget for sure.) Though I didn't get a lot of reading done today, I did get a healthy stack of new articles to begin reading and going through as I begin a big part of my first chapter this summer.

That chapter will be on the pastoral implications and benefits of the Eucharist in the sermons of Lancelot Andrewes. I intend to show how Andrewes as an "effectual instrumentalist" (how I am defining him) in his Eucharistic theology defines the love and hope that is found in Christ as we receive Him, in the Eucharist. His views on sacrifice, presence, propitiatory offering, ethics, unity, and charity will all be addressed in light of the Puritan and Roman Catholic controversies. His references to the Fathers are sprinkled throughout these sermons touching on the Eucharist, and Sacraments in general, and I am looking forward to putting something substantive together on this. I will also begin my translation of the Bellarmine exchange in July.

So, if you remember me this summer ;-) please pray!! We have had guests from the States for the last two and a half weeks plus a pilgrimage group from California here and I am behind in my research to say the least! But, it was good to be back at it today and I look forward to a productive weekend.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

Having empty libraries is always good for the part of the researcher. I hope all goes well with the research. I would be interested in hearing about what you have written when you have the time to post/email. I have been praying for you and your family and hope that all continues to go well "across the pond".
-Richard

4:10 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Thanks Richard. I may post a bit of my thinking in a few days of something that I am working on. The problem is that I do not want it out there until I get a lot of stuff worked out and something 'formally' that belongs to me before putting out too much. That way, I may get someone to read the diss besides my parents and wife. ;-)

js

4:25 pm  

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