My greatest fear about theological education is the reading and writing. Coming from an “art” background, reading was not a major part of the curriculum. Having attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Interactive Media (Graphic Design and Web Design), the focus was more on what you can produce opposed to “book-smarts.” I had art professors openly admit that they were not the best spellers, let alone writers. Though I did take some classes that required writing, they were few and far between. So, my theological education is definitely going to challenge me in new ways.
Now, I would be amiss if I did not admit that I do enjoy leisure reading and writing, which does at first glance seemingly diminish the severity of my qualms. However, something about writing in a collegiate, Turabian setting makes it an auspiciously daunting task. Furthermore, knowing the magnitude of reading that will be required throughout my studies here at McAfee can also pose as an eyebrow-raiser. Yet, I know that it will be a good experience for me. Thankfully, I did not come unaware. I knew all of these things coming in so I was able to mentally (spiritually, psychologically, etc.) prepare myself for this undertaking. Now I can say, though mostly by faith at this juncture, that I am ready for the challenge. Let the games begin!