The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers - Part 2, Chapters 7, 8, and 9 Summary & Analysis

Maxwell King
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Chapter 7, “On-Air Ministry.” “After four years of working in television, and just as his career was taking off” (112), Fred became increasingly interested in becoming an ordained minister in the Presbyterian church, the faith community in which he had grown up. He continued to work part- time on “The Children’s Corner” while getting a master’s degree in theology in 1963. A key figure in the development of Fred’s faith was Bill Orr, a chain-smoking, absent-minded professor who taught Fred to blend the principles of free will and being guided by God in a philosophy referred to as “guided drift” (118). This philosophy, the author says, was part of what “influenced [Fred’s] willingness to experiment and take chances in his career” (118).

King then discusses how Fred combined what he learned at theological college with what he learned from Margaret McFarland, a specialist...

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