Thesis Blog: Three Months Later

My talking about my thesis trickled out some time in February, probably when I was freaking out the most. I didn’t want you all to have to bear the craziness. Heh. But it’s all over,[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: The hardness of the heart

The motions of Grace, the hardness of the heart; external circumstances. I’m working on edits of my thesis to prepare for tomorrow’s (final) meeting. The paper needs to be done-done by the beginning of April.[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: Midnight Reflections

It’s 12:14 a.m. and I am JOYously editing footnotes to my integrative project. I’m 20 pages in, baby.* I’m at that point where I know I could just turn the damn** thing in and call[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: Countdown

Sophomore year of college, my prose professor Dr. Allison assigned us a 1,500-word creative essay that just seemed way too impossible to write. So I sat in a study room with my friends Molly, Haley,[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: Musings

i. I fell asleep this afternoon and dreamed I was on a sinking ship. I was up in the loft area of this ship, aware that we were going under, but I was making no[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: Augustine, more confusing than you thought

We talked, briefly, maybe five minutes total about Augustine in my church history class yesterday. (We’re still in the first few centuries AD, so Augustine isn’t quite ready to make his appearance.) But it got[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: Solving my own problems

So I was writing an email to my thesis adviser, but I got most of the way through it when I realized I was solving my own problem. I didn’t send the email, but am[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: The Dizziness of Freedom

This afternoon I read about Kierkegaard’s definition of dread, which is this fear of nothing (no object to the fear), a state that “concerns the realm of possible choices and not actual facts[;] it is[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: St. Augustine, Shame, and Ambivalence

Such tragedy in this couple, and somehow, they survive. I am left, far more, with the question of why they return and permit return of the other. While there is clearly a redemptive movement in[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: Questions

Some questions: What do we do with these bodies of ours? Do we love or despise them? Do they serve or conquer us? And why would God choose to be a body? I told Jamie[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.