Learning Theology from Julia Child

*Posted by Winston Hottman

At his blog, Pseudoretrogracity, Professor Christopher Graham draws an analogy between the task of theology and the culinary prowess of Julia Child.

And so, “What makes a great theologian?”  The answer, I think , is amazingly  close to Julia’s verbal and modelled answer: technical, love of the topic, generous personality, winsome, engaging, inviting, thrilling, fallible, delicious, inventive.  And though not seen in this video, she was willing to demonstrate that along with success comes burned sauces and bad combinations. Julia emobodies ”sensual stability” (in contrast to the “sensational” entertainer  (pseudo)-chefs on today’s highly-edited cooking shows). I’m still working on the theological equivalent to “hot chocolate truffles.”

(BTW: b/c i’m in the process of preparing for the new semester and i can’t help but note the analogy b/w JC’s instruction on working w/dough and my calling as a professor. I’d include the words, but if you don’t see it in context, you could get the wrong impression.  It is scattered throughout the video and begins w/”as long as the dough is relaxed it’s ready to roll” early in the video and then includes a few more instructions around 2:30.  Just remember–the end result is delicious.)

Check out the rest of the piece (including a strangely mesmerizing auto-tuned video collage) here.

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