Meet the movement that wasn’t afraid to challenge assumptions, question authority — and change the world. See how Marquette interprets the discipline of a Jesuit education amid the chaos of modern life.
So goes Marquette Universities latest ad campaign. I hope this Jesuit 2.0 release is just in Alpha testing because it has a long way to go to get to beta and be better than Jesuit 1.0. Jesuit 2.0 looks more like the Microsoft Vista of Jesuits.
“St. Ignatius revolutionary countercultural Jesuit” is not exactly the tagline that I think he would choose. Especially odd since Marquette University is about as countercultural as the latest fad. Exactly what part of the culture does Marquette resist? Going with the flow is a more accurate description. Though certainly following the Gospel is certainly countercultural in any culture and no one is more countercultural than a saint. The term revolutionary has way too many political connotations to be a good term to use, but certainly repentance and growing in holiness is a complete and dramatic change and thus revolutionary in only that context.
Meet the movement that wasn’t afraid to challenge assumptions, question authority — and change the world.
Question authority – yes that is what the fourth vow is all about don’t you know. I always hated the stupid “Question Authority” bumper sticker. To question authority you have to become the authority to be able to do it. So you then have to question your authority to question authority and on and on Ad infinitum. Now certainly there is a prudence involved in determining who has authority. But to just blindly question authority is a bumper sticker mentality. But to put St. Ignatius and the Jesuits as a movement that questioned authority is silly. St. Ignatius was humble and obedient and such a concept certainly never made it in his teaching. Maybe “Questioning Authority” is in the lost fifth week of the Spiritual Exercises. Jesus told the Apostles “Whoever listens to you listens to me” unless of course you question authority then you can just make it up as you go.
The video than goes on to list the things a Jesuit education helps you to do. Oddly following Christ was not one of the options. Now I take no pleasure in Jesuit bashing since I am quite an admirer of the Jesuit order historically and those Jesuits who weren’t tainted by modernism, but a video and ad campaign such as this drives me crazy.