Feeling a Bit Old

Something started happening this semester that hadn’t before: I started seeing in students’ papers citations of popular press theology books that I’d only heard about on The Ooze before.  Earlier this semester a student used Rob Bell’s Sex God as a source, and I just graded a paper that used Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz.  I’m not sure what to make of this phenomenon theoretically, but right now I feel rather old as the teacher of students who take books by writers from my generation as authorities to be cited in papers.

Perhaps that’s it: when a student cites a book, the book’s writer should be old, not my age.

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