The Essay

Scot McKnight’s recent blog post, Emergent Style? The Essay Form provides an exceptionally good perspective on blogging essay writing as an emergent form of literature. Best line:

The point of it all is this: these writers “wrote their way to clarity” …and it was by thinking their way on paper that they came to terms with what they were thinking.

Back in my first post on this blog, I said:

Near the end of the movie Shadowlands, one of C.S. Lewis’ students tells him something his father says: “We read to know we are not alone.” While reflecting on this at the time, I decided it was true – and I was reading a lot at that time. I appended something of my own to the statement: “We write to know who we are.” Who am I? I guess I don’t completely know yet. The more I write, the more I’ll be able to answer the question.

This to me is much along the same lines as what Scot is saying, but he does it much more admirably. After reading Scott’s post, I’ve decided I want to be an essayist when I grow up.

I would venture to say that his post is one of the most important blog posts in emerging blogdom of the past few months. For anyone who doesn’t understand the significance of calling EC a “conversation” instead of a “movement”, this post is a must-read.

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  1. agree that scott mcknight’s blog is a good thing indeed. whilst i’m a bit undecided on the essayist model, it does provide some great food for thought on giving blogs a sense of direction and momentum.

  2. Brother Maynard, you are kind, but I’m not sure I have a lot more growing up to do: I’m 51!

  3. That’s okay, Scot – I would call you an essayist already. Excellent examples abound on your blog and although I haven’t yet picked it up, I kinda expect the Jesus Creed book will be that way as well when I do put my hands on it.

    Me, on the other hand, although I should chronologically be considered grown up already (not quite 40, but it’s staring me down) I figure maybe someday I’ll get there… give me another 20 years or so! Something to aspire to, anyway.

    Gratia vobis et pax,


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