Wednesday, January 29, 2020

If you're passionate about your faith, please don't make it your source of income

It's anecdotal, but the track record for people who do this strikes me as absolutely terrible.

You end up with once-devout Catholics and Christians having to defend or at least stay silent about moral monsters, for fear of losing their inevitably already low-paying jobs, or being cut off permanently from career advancement. It's probably not for nothing that Ed Feser, while brilliant, also is - as far as I know - primarily employed outside of the Church, and indeed has managed to at least manage an independent source of income via book-writing, etc. If he were employed by the Church, he'd likely have been muzzled or fired a while ago.

If you're passionate about your faith, get into another career. Also, ask yourself how much work you could do for the faith while anonymous. We live in an age where anonymous people can make videos, write books, do all kinds of things - even earn an income, at times - while still being somewhat aloof.


GoldRush Apple said...

Unless you're a religion teacher at a Catholic high school, making at least 35k on a faith-based job is very hard to come by. I know of one young man who planned poorly and did not think to branch out to secular media agencies for an internship or a job since he wanted to make a living focusing on Catholic media.

I am seriously thinking of being becoming a catechist and maybe pursue a masters in pastoral studies or theology later down the line. This won't be a source of income, just my own realization that this might be the route God is calling me to give back my community in terms of my faith. I make a living with a secular day job.

Michael said...

^ Lydia McGrew says pretty much the same thing--unless you're especially gifted like Feser, and can be a college professor and writer, the rest of us should focus on making a living and supporting theists who work in ministry. There's always time after work or on the weekend to blog, post comments, refute atheists, and encourage the faithful, and if you have an income you can help financially as well.

Crude said...

Yeah well, since 'theists who work in ministry' likely means 'The McGrews' to Lydia, I think her advice only works so well.

Facing facts here: Feser's brilliant on his own. The man rose without us, and I say this as someone who was lucky enough to be there from the start.

But Feser is an exceptional individual. The idea that 'people like him' should make the money and 'people like us' should support him isn't a good model, because you don't build models on exceptional people (and to be cuttingly honest, Lydia ain't exceptional.)

I think the people who want to work in ministry should work two jobs: normal, pedantic, sometimes wealth-granting jobs, and then their leadership on the side. Unicorns like Ed, no one can make rules for. Women like Lydia... well.

I feel gregarious, so I won't say more tonight.

Hope you all are doing good out there.

Michael said...

I should clarify that when I talk about us supporting "theists who work in ministry", I don't mean donating money to Ed--obviously he doesn't need our money or help--but rather supporting Christian ministries that you think DO need help. Some need money or books, others need teachers, catechists etc. and so to me it's about figuring out how I can be most helpful.

Mister Jorge said...

Speaking of the McGrews...
One of the most interesting things I saw with this pandemic was the response of Timothy McGrew.
Very, very, very early on he seemed to be coming unhinged.

I won't go into particulars but his fearful reaction really stuck with me. I had to give him the boot from facebook because it was hard seeing him getting so worked up. And I can't stress enough that this was very early into it.