Link Rubricism and formalism by Jeffrey Miller February 27, 2005 written by Jeffrey Miller February 27, 2005 SoDakMonk does his first fisking with an article by John Allen on the annual Religious Education Congress in L. A. 5 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Interview with the Jester next post Battle Pope You may also like Stick to politics Ann October 13, 2007 Refining the truth of the Islamic Golden Age November 15, 2002 Rosary of the Hours March 16, 2009 Sexuality trumps talent December 15, 2002 Peeps, just say no September 30, 2003 CSI October 20, 2006 Cardinal Chat April 4, 2006 The problems with blogs June 9, 2005 Richard Dawkin's presents July 27, 2008 Living Stations of the Cross September 30, 2006 5 comments John Hetman February 27, 2005 - 3:02 pm Thanks for posting this link. After reading it, I was reminded of when I received a sample copy of NRO in the mail. As I went to open it, my hands immediately broke out in a rash. I wasn’t sure then whether to put it in to the regular recycling bin or take it to a hazardous waste site. Reply Terry February 27, 2005 - 8:14 pm Gaillerdetz is the same individual who slammed the so-called “new apologists” a while back for doing the unthinkable and trying to spread and defend the faith. Reply Todd February 27, 2005 - 11:14 pm I’m mystified by SoDakMonk’s target and his sarcasm, which seems to be a little sugary. There are certainly poorer writers to nail down, and John Allen is hardly an object of scorn in most circles. So the Congress, the NCR, and John Allen aren’t one’s cup of tea? Aren’t there bigger fish to fisk? Reply Mia Storm February 28, 2005 - 7:26 pm SoDakMonk certainly hasn’t read much of Allen’s work, has he? I don’t agree with Allen’s column on the Rel. Ed. Congress, but most of the time he is pretty good. For example, Allen’s book All the Pope’s Men is must-reading, as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps what this demonstrates is the care one should take when fisking to try to get an overall picture of the columnist (through scanning past work) before attempting to rip him to shreds. Otherwise, the one who looks foolish may well be the fisker himself. Reply Alan Phipps February 28, 2005 - 8:53 pm Well, for myself, having attended the LA RE Congress several times (not in the last couple years), I can certainly affirm that nuttiness is present. However, I have never regretted attending, and I am inclined to say that Allen’s general assessment of the Congress is pretty close to reality. I have had the chance to attend some really good and solid workshops at Congress that I would have not otherwise had the opportunity to see. In fact, I attended one of Allen’s talks there two years ago that I found to be very good. But you do have to be discerning about selecting your speakers. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.