New Testament Student Becomes Son of the Fathers

It appears that our friend Josh McManaway, stirred by the righteous example of many others, has passed over from the darkness of Blogger to the light of WordPress. However, unlike the glorious company of those who preceded him, Josh did not simply move his old blog, A New Testament Student, but rather has decided to start anew in WordPress. He explains that the move affords him the opportunity to change his blog’s focus to reflect the shift in his academic interests:

So, here I am today – after converting to Catholicism, I left Southeastern. I now am a student at a public university studying both Religion and Classics. I still have a lot of interest in the New Testament – not only in the modern study of the New Testament, but in the ancient as well. [….] This is why I’ve chosen my new blog title: As a “son” (and student) of the Fathers, I’m able to have my cake and eat it too. I’ve stumbled across a field with a pearl hidden within and I’ve sold all I have to buy it. The pearl is the collective wisdom of the Fathers through which I can now read the New Testament.

Josh’s posts have typically been delightfully astute and very interesting to read, and I eagerly anticipate his re-focused offerings over at  his new blog, Son of the Fathers.

(Incidentally, it should be noted that Josh is one of only two Papists officially allowed on The Voice of Stefan. The other, of course, is our good friend and almost-neighbor Tim McCormick of Catholic Bibles. There used to be a third, Sr Macrina Walker of A Vow of Conversation, but she has departed the blogosphere. Any others lurking around do so illegally, and had better plead with either Tim or Josh that they request official recognition of their status. ;-))

10 responses to “New Testament Student Becomes Son of the Fathers

  1. I recall you used to be, until a short while ago — a rabid blogger supporter. Now you are using terms like darkness/light? Ah, the zeal of a fresh convert.


  2. Perhaps Josh is simply following Doug Chaplin’s example. He recently closed his Blogger blog blogito ergo sim and set himself up with a new WordPress identity as clayboy. Perhaps you don’t want to acknowledge him because he had previously backslidden from the WordPress Metacatholic blog to Blogger, but surely this repentant sinner should be welcomed back to the fold.


  3. Mark: Depends on how you’re doing it. If you’re just cutting and pasting Greek (Unicode that is) from somewhere then it’s quite easy. If you’re typing it out yourself then it can be difficult. But it’s no harder than doing it anywhere else.


  4. “Filioquist” is about as diplomatic as Esteban gets — consider it “extreme oikonomia” that he allows a select few on this right-believing weblog of his!


  5. Mark> I use the Greek polytonic keyboard whenever I have Greek to type, but usually change the font to “Palatino Linotype” as I find it displays better. I do this here on WordPress and elsewhere — as Nick says, typing Greek on here is really no different than doing it here anywhere else.

    Theophrastus> I think the use of light/darkness language is actually mandated by all conversion contracts for at least three years — so enjoy it while it lasts! ;-)

    Peter> I am not sure that I agree with your suggestion that repentant backsliders should be welcome back to the fold. Didn’t they surrender the Holy Books to the persecutors? Er, wait…

    Tim> Sure, the Papist readership of The Voice of Stefan can unite, just as long as it’s either you or Josh heading the movement. ;-)

    Zac> As I’ve told you before, such exquisite diplomacy is a gift, really. Department of External Church Relations, here I come!


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