Some of my blog readers may be wondering what has happened to all my talk about doing a PhD (then again, most of my blog readers may, for all I know, not give a rat's proverbial, lest I get delusions of grandeur!).
Well, the latest news is that it is still on the radar screen. You may recall that I had a bit of a setback last year when it was virtually "all systems go" for me to register, except for a not-so-small matter of a legislative provision prohibiting me from simultaneously being registered for two accredited qualifications. But (Lord willing) I only have a further 4 1/2 months to go to complete my BTh, which means that I will then be free to register for the PhD.
In the meantime, I am trying to get the skeleton of my proposal on track, and this is proving to be a big ask. I'd like to write the definitive thesis on theology and economics. However, PhD's don't work like that. They don't want you to say a little about a lot of things; instead you need to be able to say a lot about a little (if that makes sense to you, then please explain it to me!).
The process is therefore to take this massively wide subject, and narrow it down to something a bit more bite-sized. A huge thanks to Jon-Mark Olivier, who is willing to meet with me each Monday afternoon to help guide me through his minefield - there's nothing like a bit of external discipline and accountability to keep one focused!
Arrogance will let you down - Proverbs 3 - When we think that we have all bases covered and we are confident in our own ability, that is when we are walking on thin ice. The wisdom of our own 'eyes'...
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