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The Uses Of Intellectual History: Stanley Fish, Donatism, and Tim’s Obscurity

I’m not generally a big fan of Professor Stanley Fish’s work. But a post yesterday at his NYT weblog, Think Again, titled “Roland Burris and St. Augustine,” exhibits nicely the useful applications of Western intellectual history to the present. Check it out. As a personal side note to Catholic readers, I once got in trouble for bringing up the Donatist heresy during an RCIA class (I was a sponsor). One of my old parishes had a very unorthodox pastor, so I sought to reassure our potential converts that a priest’s ability to confer the sacraments was not dependent on his Read more