[Essay included in "The Church in the Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives,"
Leonard Sweet, editor (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003)]
This book contains five essays on the question of the Church’s engagement with culture, and to what extent we should change, or preserve, its message and its method. This essay was my contribution.
Why is this essay written in question and answer format?
It is intended to reference the penultimate section of James Joyce’s "Ulysses." This section, called "Ithaca," concerns a late-night conversation between Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus. It is cast in the form of a series of objective, impersonal questions and answers, for example, "What seemed to the host to be the predominant qualities of his guest?"