Two Chapters Down

So, it turns out that blogging about a PhD is pretty hard because not a lot happens for a while, suddenly it takes off and you haven’t got time to blog, then it gets boring again. I have had a good effort at writing since November. This means I have done a big chunk of my literature review, so adding this to my chapter on Balthasar and Classical Music, I now have two chapters! And there is even a plan to get the next chapter under way. Looks like I might actually be on track after all.

In more exciting news than PhD chapters, I’m looking forward to the Post-Grad Music Theology Study Day at Durham University, in my old haunts. I’m trying to get back into networking and conferences, particularly as I’m hoping to be starting to write up my PhD in a year or so.

Otherwise, new job in a Catholic school since January, reminding me about ideas from catholicism. It’s been a fantastic experience playing guitar in mass, singing with the choir, and getting involved with the music again.

I have also updated my links to include my profile page on and linkedin.

So, I won’t bother trying to commit to blogging regularly. Speak later.

In the meantime…

Why God never received a PhD:

1. He had only one major publication.

2. It was in Hebrew.

3. It had no references.

4. It wasn’t published in a refereed journal.

5. Some even doubt he wrote it by himself.

6. It may be true that he created the world, but what has he done since then?

7. His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.

8. The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results.

9. He never applied to the ethics board for permission to use human subjects.

10. When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it by drowning his subjects.

11. When subjects didn’t behave as predicted, he deleted them from the sample.

12. He rarely came to class, just told students to read the book.

13. Some say he had his son teach the class.

14. He expelled his first two students for learning.

15. Although there were only 10 requirements, most of his students failed his tests.

16. His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountain top.

17. No record of working well with colleagues.

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