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God and Man at Georgetown Prep: How I Became a Catholic Despite 20 Years of Catholic Schooling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005

    Lots of really big words

    I went to school with Mark and I'm glad to see that Mark has finally come out of his shell. He's really come a long way since only having two names. Now he has three and I think that's just neat! This book is just one long run-on sentence with seemingly no end in sight. I found myself losing empathy with each chapter. It seems like Mark's thought process in writing is to first think of a really big word along with a couple witty phrases, and then form a sentence around it. The idea he's attempting to communicate seems secondary to the flair with which he expresses it. What's interesting is that Mark talks about Christ. He talks about a renewed faith in Christ. So why not, like Christ, speak in a way that the average Joe can understand? Average Joe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Sins of Omission

    Like the author of this book, I, too, went to Georgetown Prep, graduating a few months before Mr. Judge began as a freshman and I know well what he's writing about. Religious education at Prep was, at best, not memorable (Oh, there was the local cult that came around recruiting every spring!). However there was one faculty member, Fr. John Nicola, who certainly supplied some of what Mr. Judge claims was lacking. Fr. Nicola taught Thomistic Philosophy to seniors and he was still at Prep during Mr. Judge's time. Fr. inspired in me an interest in Philosophy that eventually led me to faith. I'm surprised there's no posing of a Fr. Nicola-type as a real trend-bucker in this book. I was also a student at Catholic University during the Charlie Curran Affair that Mr. Judge rehashes. Curran is only part of the story. I had one priest-professor who ridiculed transubstantiation and another who declared that he was not a rabid anti-abortionist. The premiere Philosophy professor was a very ancient non-Catholic import from Yale who taught a metaphysics that sure wasn't Aristotle's! As Catholic thought and literature are re-discovered, all these deficiencies will be history in a few decades. If you're hoping for (or dreading) a lot of dirt about preppies, this book does not dish it out. Depending on your sensibilities and immersion in contemporary Catholic affairs, you will find it either an avalanche of names, titles, biographies and extensive quotes from other works (about 40% of the text) with a title partially copied from a William F. Buckley book, or you will find it a good reading list of past and recent Catholic authors and thinkers. --NJC

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