Amy Hollywood, Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at the Harvard Divinity School, asks what is the relationship between enthusiasm and critique? Is enthusiasm inherently uncritical or can it, rather, animate critique? And can we ever fully disentangle one from the other?
Professor Hollywood suggests that we need enthusiasm -- an enthusiasm that refuses to be split in two -- in order to live. But if enthusiasm engenders and fuels all of our projects, including those of critique, yet critique is always in danger of killing our enthusiasm, how, then, do we survive?