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Ours Ours: The Making and Unmaking of a Jesuit the Making and Unmaking of a Jesuit the Making and Unmaking of a Jesuit the Making Paperback – May 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1593334505 ISBN-10: 1593334508

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593334508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593334505
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,202,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. E. Peters

Francis Edward Peters is Professor Emeritus of History, Religion and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. A native of NYC, where he attended Regis H.S. and still lives, he was trained at St. Louis University in Classical Languages (AB, MA) and in Philosophy (Ph.L.), and received his Ph.D. from Princeton in Islamic Studies. Peters, though formally trained as both a classicist and an Islamicist, is best known as a historian of religion, a field where he was a pioneer, and is now the leading scholar, in the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is a subject on which he has written more than twenty books, most notably the two volume The Monotheists (Princeton, 2003), The Children of Abraham. A New Edition (Princeton, 2004) and The Voice, The Word, The Books: The Sacred Scriptures of the Jews, Christians and Muslims (Princeton 2007). His most recent, Jesus and Muhammad: Parallel Tracks, Parallel Lives appeared from Oxford University Press in 2010, and he has contributed as well to the Oxford Bibliographies Online. .

In addition to his more than forty years teaching everything from Homer to Hasidism in the classrooms of NYU (where he chaired both the Classics and the Middle Eastern Studies departments and won a number of teaching awards), as well as accepting visiting professorships and guest lectureships at many of America's and the Middle East's top universities, Peters has been featured on CBS' TV series Sunrise Semester and on a variety of TV documentaries and served as New York's WPIX TV anchorman for the original moon landing. He has three audio courses on tape and CD in the Barnes and Noble Portable Professor series. He is presently serving as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and has assisted in curating public exhibitions at Holy Cross College, The British Library and The New York Public Library.

Peters is currently working on a study of the origins of Christianity, from Jesus to ca. 100 A.D. His research has resulted in a number of essays that will eventually be integrated into the finished book but are currently available on Peters' ongoing blog. available at fepeters.com. The blog also includes a number of studies on Islam and a number of autobiographical chapters from what is tentatively called "Scenes from a Life" and some not too serious travel sketches, including a very practical and detailed guide to Cruising, in brief, "Be Careful."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.A.Priest on August 19, 2011
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I was delighted to discover this gem of a book. I had been privileged to be a student of Dr. Peters while I was a student of Philosophy at St John's University in 1963 and he was invited as a visiting Professor from NYU. The subject was Arabian Aristotelianism. We developed a friendship for many years and when I had asked why he left the Jesuits, his reply had been that he was so immersed in developing an intellectual life, that he failed to develop a spiritual life. This story fills in all those details, and I can visualize his days and thoughts that encompassed the making of a Jesuit. He comes across with his still wonderful sense of humor, and it is so delightful to hear about the process and what life was really like inside the seminary. This story would also help others who had sons who joined a seminary to understand why they left when they thought they had a vocation at such an early age. Thanks to the gift he received at Louvain, the world of Classical and Middle Eastern and Islamic scholars have received a gift from him. We now have access to his brilliant mind as evidenced in his prodigious writings and not tainted with the Jesuit seal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Wedekind VINE VOICE on February 5, 2000
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"It pleases the Jesuits to call themselves 'Ours.' Ours were not to own property, were to regard the Superior as the instrument of the Will of God and were to have as little possible to do with Externs, all those who were not One of Ours. I am an Extern of long standing now, but for nine years I was One of Ours and dwelled in that remote country where Jesuits trained and planned for their assualt on the World." - Ex-Jesuit F. E. Peters' first paragraph of OURS, The Making and Unmaking of a Jesuit.

I discovered this gem of an autobiography while digging through a box of old books at the local Salvation Army Store. It was in very good condition, which led me to think that whoever first bought it never cracked the book's spine. I almost put it back in the box. I'm glad I didn't. This is a very entertaining and humorous look at seminary life in the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Andrew on Hudson.

Peters takes the reader from his first day in the seminary, filling in the subsequent 200 pages with humorous observations of a cast of quirky characters that almost seem fictitious, except for the fact that they are real people: fellow Novices, Lay Brothers, Jesuit Fathers, on up through the chain of command to The Master, which sounds like the title of a mysterious being in an episode of the British TV series "Doctor Who." Along the way, we are treated to a look inside the closed and secret world of The Society of Jesus (aka the Jesuits).

This is not a book about religion or even Catholicism. Far from it. OURS is a coming of age story and a very funny one, at that. Dr. Peters, no longer F. Peters, SJ, is a professor of Islamic Studies at NYU. He does, however, as he says in this book, still view the world through the eyes of a Jesuit. (et orat pro Soc)

I highly recommend OURS and give it 5 Stars.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1997
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Reminiscences of the past can be tricky: even a hint of score-settling and one soon finds oneself reading a kind of MOMMIE DEAREST "pathography." But Peters is a born raconteur with nary an ounce of bitterness in his body. This is pure delight, almost as pleasant, one imagines, as sitting around the dining room table with him on some weekend at his country estate (this is clearly a man with a country estate for weekends, no?) listening to him tell whimsical stories of mad Jesuits. A perfect appertitif
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