Femnista Writers Round-Table Discussion

I meant to do this sooner, but my life got crazy last week. Better late than never, right?

It was suggested to me that I foster discussion among my writers (and readers too, if any care to participate in Intelligent Discussions or General Silliness or Brain Fart Absurdities). Thus, all contributors (and fans, and general audiences, and green aliens, and purple sloths) are welcome to contribute to the comments of this post and interact. (Perish the thought!)

This Month’s Discussion Question: “What’s something neat you came across in your writing or research this month that you didn’t use?

Mine: sluffing aside CTM, which stands on its own two feet, my article about becoming like the God you serve stemmed from multiple theological discussions over breakfast with the parents, as well as having spent the last nine months studying Medieval Religious History. By choice. For fun. Insanity runs in my family (it practically gallops!). And background information for a novel, but that’s beside the point. I thought about carrying the idea further, and then decided no… that’s far enough. For now. I do think, however, there is some truth in it. The “something neat” I came across in my research would fill several term papers. I’ll spare you. I’ll throw out this instead — you have not laughed until you’ve read Thomas More, Erasmus, and Martin Luther bickering.

If you want to share thoughts on your article, or comment on someone else’s, please speak up. Engage. Make friends, even. That’s the Stuff of Life.

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  1. I love this idea! Sorry I’m so behind in my blog reading — this has been a wacky month.

    I know I learned some things about Esther’s story that I didn’t include, but I can’t remember what anymore, alas. Next time I’ll respond in a more timely manner!

  2. A little late to the discussion but firstly, great idea in hosting this, Charity! 😀

    As for material from my research I didn’t end up using, I sort of touched on it briefly but the various factions involved in the academic/theological debate swirling around the time of Thomas Aquinas was pretty detailed stuff, enough to warrant a research paper. It’s not just the conservatives/liberal sides of the debate but there’s also various philosopical schools involved, etc.

    On a random note, I was surprised to learn that he was briefly excommunicated after his death (his opponents/detractors really went after him), which is pretty crazy considering how prominent his impact was since, both in the Church and in western philosophy.

      1. Haha, that’s true: ‘Oh, you won’t listen to me? I’ll just excommunicate you’ 😛 But as I mentioned, it was really surprising to me because I always thought his ideas were more or less accepted from the get-go without contestation. Yay for research and learning more about the period! 😀

        Great question Charity! I mentioned it briefly on my blog but it’s a personal reason why I chose to write on St. Thomas Aquinas: over the years (since high school) I’ve often turned and prayed to him, usually when it came to my studies, so he’s become one of my patron saints 🙂 I had studied him briefly in my high school philosophy class but it was nice to delve into his life and works as a whole and learn more about him.

  3. What did I learn this month for the Lydia article that I didn’t include? Well, there are a few scholars who wondered if Lydia had originally been a slave that was somehow freed. However, with everything else known about her/speculated about her – that she was independent and a savvy business woman, perhaps educated- it was really unlikely that she had been in slavery. Don’t know why I didn’t include that theory… although now that I think about it, I should have. A comparison could have been made to Ben-Hur, I guess. A woman rising out of slavery, freeing herself, owning her own business and coming to Christ. Oh well…

  4. Hmmm, was there anything I didn’t use in my Risen article? Honestly, I spent a good couple of weeks without any ideas at all and I figured that if God wanted me to write the article, He would bring along the right idea at the right time. Which I think He did. I do know that some of the ideas I presented in it were actually inspired by conversations with you, Charity. They say people of faith are supposed to help grow each other and I think you’ve helped do that a bit with me, expanding my idea of what it means to change after you’ve accepted Christ . . . because you want to do it to please Him. So I didn’t necessarily leave anything out of the article, but it just sort of fell into place. And I admit to doing almost no research at all other than from memory. Thank goodness I saw Risen twice or I would have been in trouble!

    1. Inspiration is a tricky thing. The best articles I’ve found are the ones that write themselves! (I shuffled through several potential topics but nothing leaped out at me and then one day… mine just clicked.)

      Growth happens in our life regardless, or at least it should. No one remains stagnant. The distinction is whether we are becoming more or less like “the God we serve.” Our friendships should grow and stretch and challenge us! I’m glad to have you as a friend. 🙂

  5. …you have not laughed until you’ve read Thomas More, Erasmus, and Martin Luther bickering.
    Actually, that sounds hilarious… I remember hearing a similar take from someone reading Luther writing his refutations of Erasmus’ stuff.
    I also remember hearing that Martin Luther sought to write in such clear prose that even not-super-educated peasant farmers could appreciate it. 🙂

    In my article… I was sort of sorry to not use this Augustine quote RE the popular question of, “why bad things happen to good people”:
    They [the good and the wicked] are punished together, not because they have spent an equally corrupt life, but because the good as well as the wicked, though not equally with them, love this present life; while they ought to hold it cheap, that the wicked, being admonished and reformed by their example, might lay hold of life eternal. And if they will not be the companions of the good in seeking life everlasting, they should be loved as enemies, and be dealt with patiently. For so long as they live, it remains uncertain whether they may not come to a better mind.
    (City of God,” Book 1, Chapter 9)
    It’s so challenging and un-worldly. (That’s not even the line I found most convicting, though.)

    1. Vikki, you wrote an excellent article and it reminds me of my former boss whose eldest son isn’t a believer. It grieves her heart, much like I’m sure Monica must have been grieved by Augustine’s lack of faith. But she perseveres in her faith and hope for her son’s salvation, just as Monica did.

      Love the quote. I haven’t read much of Augustine’s work, other than in college. Perhaps I should try it again. I remember liking the brief bits that I studied, but so much has come and gone in my head since then.

      1. Thank you…

        I feel like so often we Christians feel we need to figure out how to “convince God to save someone,” whereas the secret is that… the Father is kind, and already cares more perfectly about bringing that person to salvation than we do.

        And about Augustine’s writing – I tend to put it down for long periods of time and not pick it up again. But it’s so beautiful.

        Come to think of it… I’m in that kind of a place right about.. now!


      I tried reading “City of God” once and only got a couple hundred pages in–but I’ve never forgotten that one quote. I don’t think I ever will forget it. It’s beautiful.

      1. How neat that you strongly remembered and loved that same quote!

        When I read it, it sounded eerily like he’s speaking to convict me, right now today… and yet… so many hundreds of years ago. so many differences through the passing centuries, yet we are so like them.

        -Vikki the super-belated-responder, aka “I write for Femnista because I need someone to give me a deadline!”

    3. Erasmus kind of tried to placate both sides all the time. He’s an interesting figure… he was the fluid force in-between two immobile rocks (Luther, More). He even half-jokingly suggested that the Pope just give Henry a dispensation to have two wives, since that would solve everything.

      Re: that quote — who is Augustine saying is doing the ‘punishing’ — is it God or simply the fallen world in which we live?

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