David Brooks delivered another article-gone-viral (at least among religious leaders) yesterday, where he offered this advice to new graduates: “It’s Not About You.” Brooks sees some perversion in the typical Baby Boomer advice of “Follow your passion, chart your own course, march to the beat of your own drummer, follow your dreams and find yourself.” Instead, Brooks writes that the purpose of life is not to find yourself, but to lose yourself in problem-solving tasks that contribute to the common good. Brooks’ advice is decidedly Christian, even though he doesn’t use Christian terms or theological categories. However, one wonders if non-religious graduates will really benefit from the advice: after all, if graduates won’t “lose themselves” in Christ, then who or what will they lose themselves in? The state? Sports? Other religions? Elizabeth Tenety scratches the surface of this question in a rapid response column of her own.
Graham Tomlin, Dean of St. Melitus College, provides a very sophisticated column on the Theology of the Cross at St. Paul’s Theological Centre. Combine this column with Brooks’ advice, and you’d probably have a very good speech for graduation.
Elizabeth Scalia is hoping to recover the metaphor of the church as Bride and Christ as Bridegroom, arguing that this metaphor best captures the relationship between the triune God and his children.