Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

No comment

"I didn't know flirting was on the syllabus of theological colleges."

"Oh yes, it's the whole second year."

Overheard: Vicar of Dibley

unlike that evil socialist universal health care!

MDiv1: "I don't see why we should be made to listen to the organ voluntary at the end of the service."
MDiv2: "You don't have to listen. You just have to be quiet."
MDiv3: "It's called an organ voluntary, not an organ mandatory."

Overheard: Lessons and Carols at Christ Church, New Haven

Of praise?

MDiv Mom: "Today is Solstice."
MDiv: "Let's sacrifice something!"
MDiv Mom: "You're supposed to let go of something* today."
MDiv: "Jesus"
MDiv Mom: "Hm?"
MDiv: "That was an exclamation, not a suggestion."

*something negative, kiddies

Friday, December 18, 2009

Go gently, young academic

MAR: "Is it bad that I haven't started this paper yet?"
MDiv: "Morally? No. It's not morally bad, but academically you're f*cking yourself."

Overheard: library

The Night Before Transitional Moments

(that's the exam for Transitional Moments in Western Christian History)

by Josh Rodriguez and Chris Corbin

Twas the night before the Church History final and all through the library,
Desperate seminarians said novenas to Mary.
The books were all open and foreheads lined with care;
The final was in Niehbur and they soon would be there.
At the end of the night, when they collapsed into their beds,
Visions of Jesuits danced through their heads.
They knew that this testing their joy would sap;
They’d rather just settle their brains for a Christmas holiday nap.
When out on the Quad there arose such a clatter,
They leaped from their beds to see what was the matter.
When, what to their wondering minds should they feast,
But a council at Nicaea, and Perpetua fed to the beasts.
With a little old writer, did he fabricate thus?
They knew in a moment it was Eusebius.
And the Donation of Constantine! On the forgeries came.
Popes whistled and shouted and tried emperors to tame.
Cults of martyrs and saints rose before being suppressed,
But when it came to preventing Black Death they were put to the test.
Now mystics! Now demoniacs! Now Cathars and Waldensians!
Crusades against Jews, Muslims, heretics, and Albigensians!
To the limits of Christendom! To lands far and near!
Missionaries had to look busy for Jesus soon would be here.
As dry doctrines that before the wild reformers did fly
When they met with such obstinacy, at Trent did decry.
So up to the church door the theses they flew,
Against Johann Tetzel and the Popes too.
And then, with much screaming, the Institutes they do say,
Servetus is dead; hopefully with him his heresies stay.
As they drew in their doctrine, and were mulling around,
Down from France St. Xavier came with a bound.
He dressed like the natives, of habits no fan,
And his learning and letters they came from Japan.
From Goa to China came Jesuits back,
And in learning and letters nothing did lack.
Their pupils -- how they puzzled! They taught them so early!
A man different than seven, I think only rarely!
Oh early moderns and urban centers did grow,
And the behavior of people it reached a new low;
At the stump of a tree or forest glen empty,
And the midnight it came where they gathered a-plenty;
Their souls to the devil, to Satan did they sell,
My God don’t they care that they’ll end up in hell?
To desecrate wafers, a right unholy old task,
And I dread when I see them, in fear for my ass;
A whole town dose cry and a trial then gets heard,
Soon I did know that witches must drown or be burned;
Now speak not a word, but remember Ignatius?
He started new learning with the brothers of Jesus,
Galileo said yes, Ptolemy he said no,
Heliocentric, the sun at the middle arose;
He sprang to his scope, to his Pope he was stressful,
And house arrest he was placed with the church he did wrestle.
But I wonder at last, ere the end is in sight,
The story can’t end here; we’ve got America, right?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

At least not yet

MDiv 1: "I'm looking at Cathars."
MDiv 2: "Cathars?"
MDiv 1: "Cathars, not catheters."

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

but it is kosher!

MDiv: "Have you guys ever eaten pigeon?"
MAR: "Yes"
MDiv: "How was it?
MAR: "I find it kind of anemic."

combining heart and head!

(looking at house numbers while driving)

MAR 1: "Oh good, it looks like they're going in order."
MDiv: "Numbers usually do that. (pause) I thought MARs were supposed to be smart."
MAR 2: "We are, but common sense is an MDiv trait."

Overheard: En route to Coalition Christmas Party

Monday, December 14, 2009

Toooootally gets in the way

Student: "I wanna move on to creation and humanity. I hate this God part."

(while studying for Systematics final)

Overheard: Common Room

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Oh drat. I've been eating barley cakes.

Student 1: "And it's all in Mark, so it's all secret."
Student 2: "But, if you send in five Bible box tops, you can get your secret decoder ring!"

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Friday, December 11, 2009

Better than Greek or addiction, I say.

MDiv: "I struggle with pastry."

Overheard: Christmas party preparation

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The reason for the season!

Lamin Sanneh: "Ok...um...Jesus..."

Overheard: Christian-Muslim Dialogue

I'm putting that on my NT final

Harry Attridge: "Someone has already asked me about the status of the systematic theology search. Does anyone have any other questions for me?"
Student: "What do we know about the historical Jesus, and how do we know it?"
Harry Attridge: "He was a great guy."

Overheard: Former Profits reception

Oh, religion. Oh, people.

Linky - watch the video. This guy can't be real.

Monday, December 7, 2009

What about fava beans or a nice chianti?

MDiv 1: "Is there meat in this?"
MDiv 2: "Just you-and-me meat."

Overheard: house dinner

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Let's just take a little stroll to student health, OK?

MAR Student: "I really wanted herpes but was short an 's'."

Overheard: Off campus, Thanksgiving day

I am so in... I mean... not that I need it or anything

Scott Dolff: "This class will hopefully help make you into better lovers."

Overheard: Theologies of Christian Community

You've got a real type of thing going down, gettin' down. There's a whole lot of Jesus going round

Julie Kelsey: "Who brought Jesus?"
Student: "I did."
Julie Kelsey: "Why did you bring Jesus?"

Overheard: Nouwen Chapel (preaching section)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I bet Spuds Mckenzie had two names, too. Look what happened to him.

Student 1: "The first Handsome Dan is named Sherman."
Student 2: "Two names? This dog is going to have an identity crisis."
Student 3: "No. It's like nobility."
Student 1: "Or the pope. He has two names."
Student 2: "I dunno. The pope looks pretty confused most of the time."

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

What exactly happens in that back room, Micah?

Student 1: "They're doing pictures with Santa at the Yale Bookstore. Do you think I could bring my cat?"
Student 2: "What, as a burnt offering?"

Overheard: Commuter Lounge