This entry revisits the matter of grades and school.
A few people (Hauerwas, Willimon) have influenced me to believe that
competency is a moral matter. For example, as a lawyer, it is
immoral to lie. But it is also immoral to be an incompetent
lawyer (or doctor, etc.). In my case, it is a matter of morality
that I become a competent minister.
I am currently in seminary and am under the conviction that I must do
well. I engage with the material–so I am not just working the
system. But I strive to do well so that I can be trained to be a
Interestingly enough, one of my professors recently said in class, “If
any of you get all A’s you should be shot. No one should get all
A’s.” What he was saying was that if we were straight A students,
we weren’t really living life; school would be consuming our life and
that would be very short-sighted. And that made sense.
So I am in a bit of a bind. The former view advocates a dedicated
student. The latter advocates doing well in interesting classes
and blowing off less interesting ones. I wouldn’t mind hearing
some different views on how I might approach my situation.