Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Début
By Rebecca Bratten Weiss and Regina Doman
Chesterton Press, 2012
$20.00 print, $5.00 Kindle
When Cate Frank experiences guy trouble, the former fashionista, recent Catholic convert, and philosophy Ph.D. student at Dominican University of Houston (read: University of Dallas) constructs a scholastic quaestio:
Q: How am I going to deal with those guys???
Art. 1: It seems to be out of the question that I would be “destined” to be with any of those chauvinistic pigs.
Obj. 1: But some of them were rather nice. . . .
Obj. 2: And then, Sean may be patriarchal, but maybe he is just doing it to put on an act? Also—not that this is relevant, of course—he is pretty easy on the eyes. . . .
On the contrary, it is utterly ridiculous to think that you are destined to be with any of them. . . .
I answer that: . . . it is very, very unlikely that my future would entail a romance with Sean, Justin, Che, Nat, Michael, Garett, or Bartholomew. Even my lively imagination can’t quite see ANYTHING like that unfolding. . . .
Reply to Obj. 1: But that doesn’t mean niceness is enough. Besides, skinny jeans on men? I think not.
Reply to Obj. 2: On no occasion has he led me to believe it’s just an act. No doubt there are gaggles of undergrad girls to swarm all over him. Not me. The Next Great Catholic Philosopher does not swarm.
Anybody who has spent time in a graduate program dominated by post-college males, especially budding philosophers or theologians, will recognize the cast of characters the sharp and sassy Cate Frank has to deal with. The plot of this cleverly hacked chick-lit novel hinges on how Cate and some of those males can come to grips with the discrepancy between the wisdom they study and the immature attitudes that motivate most of their interactions. (more…)