March 9th, 2007


Getting deeper in the CTP

Last night, I finished Liturgy Practicum 1: Domestic Cult Practice, and I moved onto Magic 2, finishing the first two questions and starting on question 4 (question 3 is a journal).
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It struck me, at some point, that even though I wrote the Magic 2 course (with lots of input from the Clergy Council), I didn't make it easy for me. In fact, while I had a general concept about what I could answer, I appear to have gone beyond that point and stumbled into "things MJD thought he knew, but really doesn't." I've already had to re-frame things I knew before and had sources contradict what I thought was the case.

Plus, by increasing the word counts for Second Circle courses, there has been an obvious increase in general difficulty: the higher counts make me more likely to focus on creating scholarly, researched work than the lower ones from First Circle did. So, with increased difficulty comes increased quality, at least for me.

Heck, question 4, about the place of the Three Kindreds in magic, has me tearing out my hair because I know the answer, I just can't verbalize it yet. I certainly can't verbalize 600 words of it right now, with source citations and all that.

The Clergy Training Program ADF has put out has really had that central benefit to me: it takes things I know and turns them into things I can talk about. Further, when I find a shortcoming in my own understandings, the questions guide me toward the understanding I sought, rather than just asking me arcane questions that seem entirely irrelevent.

Anyway, on a lighter note, this silly thing has been floating around, and I figured, "What the hell?"

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