I went to an information session today at Regis University, a Jesuit institution in northern Denver. I think it’s best I didn’t manage to get into the University of Denver’s PhD program, but I still want to continue schooling somewhere. Thing is, there are two options now, both with Regis.
The first is another MBA, this time in religious studies. I’m fascinated by religion in all ways, but more important, I sense something right now. See, I’m thinking specifically of guys like Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, both of whom wrote mega-bestselling books concerning the fact that religion is, at its heart, a bad idea.
But I think there’s a foundation for all religious thought and pursuit, really. Personally, I don’t believe there’s any difference between a spell, a prayer, and a meditation session; all are, at their bases, pretty much mainly modes of positive thinking. Same thing with that The Secret book from last year or so.
The problem, I think, is that Harris and Hitchens lack a scientific background, and are approaching religion from a mainly philosophical/ethical point of view.
Which is fine, of course.
But I think it misses some very huge things. I honestly think that the fact that most people believe in something of a divine nature has some substantive argument to it. But most of all, I think the more one examines biology and quantum electromechanics and physics, the more one starts to not just believe but realize that there’s something greater going on.
Einstein himself said that religion without science is lame, but science without religion is blind.
And I think there’s something there.
So I could, in theory, design a degree in something like scientific deology (they’re not allowed to use the word “theology,” apparently, for some Arch-Diocesan reason [okay, so there’s a spot where Hitchens and Harris have a point]), and ultimately produce a book I’m planning, called Godology, on the application of the scientific method to areas including God and the afterlife.
Or, I could go for an MBA. Which would really sort of be the first practical degree I could actually use I’d be earning.
And the thing is, it’s not a question of passion or love or whathaveyou, because just the existence of this blog and all I’ve done related to writing is evidence of how I’m fascinated by marketing and branding. I’m aiming for “Entrekin” to become a brand every bit as much as Crichton and King and Gaiman are. I’m not solely concerned with the airy-fairy artsy-fartsy aspect of writing, which is the most major reason I chose USC to study writing; it was about professional writing. About the craft of it yes, but also about selling it.
Because I’ll be honest; I’m not solely trying to write the best books I can. I’m also trying to get them to as many readers as I possibly can.
And part of that is marketing. Part of that is both about analyzing target audience and then reaching it.
So this weekend, I’ve got some figuring out to do. I think, ultimately, the MBA is probably more practical, and I’ll certainly write Godology anyway.
July 17, 2008 at 8:22 pm
I graduated from Regis (Class of 2000 represent, yo). I got a lot out of it, although–like anywhere else–it’s what you make of it…and there’s a ton of yahoos attracted to the spirtual bent they offer. Still, a solid place to go. The MBA has a great reputation. I actually just finished submitting my application to the general MBA program a couple days ago…thought about the marketing track, but I’m thinking a general one is more practical and transferable.
So, yea…maybe we’ll be classmates at some point.
July 17, 2008 at 9:18 pm
Re: Religious studies… Check out Mary Midgley interview in the February 08 issue of The Believer magazine – interesting on moral philosophy and imagination; nemesis to Dawkins – might make for an interesting major study.
July 18, 2008 at 6:38 am
Just wanted to say, “Hello!” I came here via Will Shetterly’s blog.
July 18, 2008 at 2:15 pm
@Alma: that’d be neat! We’ll get coffee sometime!
@Joe: good link! Thanks.
@Grey: Hallo and welcome! Hope you’ll stick around!
July 19, 2008 at 11:46 am
That’s the way the cookies crumbles 😉