One of last semester's students, a seminarian finishing what used to be called "philosophy" in the seminary, sent me an email today in which he told me:
- He enjoyed my class very much; and,
- He had put my name on a list of recommended instructors for other seminarians finishing their actual philosophy requirements; so,
- I would be getting a lot more seminarians in my classes; and,
- He hoped that this would lead to my conversion to Catholicism.
Had he told me that he hoped that I would convert from my life of sin or my skepticism or any number of other things, I might have understood, but now I find myself wondering what beliefs he thinks I have or what I may have said in a survey class on the philosophy of mind—other than that appeals to God don't help one in philosophy—that led him to believe that I was raised in no religion or another religion.
I mean, I could return to Catholicism in some sense, but I couldn't be converted to it. Why did he think that I chided him one day outside class on his lack of knowledge of Aquinas?