Kurt and I are both in Influential thinkers together. It is a long class (6:00-9:30). If you don’t like “rabbit trails” within conversations, this class would drive you nuts. During our break, Kurt and I walked out in a sort of daze and asked “what the nuts was he talking about?”.
We discussed Abolition of Man and now the book is starting to take shape. I’m actually enjoying it a little more, but this seems like a book tht you would have to discuss or else you are screwed. The prof kept quoting Nietzche, Plato, Augustine, and Aristotle along side the book. Matt would be excited, because we will be discussing Heidegger next week.
My Christianity and Culture class is the balls. I’m pretty much finished with “Myth of a Christian Nation”. It was an interesting book. The premise of the book is that it looks at Christianity and thier involvement in war and conflict, and how un-christian that is. Basically throughout christian history, beginning in the third and fourth century with Constantine’s conversion, christianity has been involved with war in some way. From the reformation to the New World to many of today’s conflicts within the last 15 years, Christianity has been involved. There was a wonderful quote describing christianity and their actions saying,
“love is patient and kind; enslaving and torturing people is neither. Love is never rude; burning people alive is. Love does not insist on its own way and is not irritable or resentful when others disagree; compelling people to agree with you by using force is the direct antithesis. Love doesn’t rejoice in wrongdoing, even if (especially if) those rejoicing credit God, who supposedly gave them the power to do it. Love bears all things while believing the best in others and hoping the best for others; imprisoning, enslaving, and killing others inthe name of your religious views is not bearing their burdens, believing the best about them, or hoping the best for them.”
Hmmm. Interesting thought. I wonder if we christians have lost our voice in our culture? With our ugly past and loss of imagination, how does christianity regain a voice in culture without trying to take it over? We already took america away from one culture, and now it seems that the church rallies around the battle cry to “take back america for God”. I don’t think that christians want to take back america for god, but instead for Christians. It’s like we are striving for everybody to think like us because we can’t stand to be around non christians. How many times do christians get excited to find out that somebody of some kind of importance is christian (sports stars, both popular and unknown musicians, doctors and nurses, presidents of a country, etc.). It’s like the spirit is thought to move more through these people rather than ourselves and brings us closer to christian thought by changing laws, thoughts and sports.
I’m rambling. I’ll stop. Let me know what you think.