Great Courses

     I've made a discovery at my local public library. They have university courses on CD. They're published by The Teaching Company. I get them from the library, rip the course to itunes, and now I can't go anywhere without my headphones. Any down time and I start listening. It's awesome! So far I have taken out:
An Introduction to Greek Philosophy pt 1 & 2
From Jesus to Constantine: A History Of Early Christianity pt 1 & 2
Historical Jesus pt 1
At the moment the library won't let me put on any more holds, something about reaching a 'hold limit'. I'm just waiting for my current holds to come in so I can rip them, return them, and get some more. I highly recommend visiting your local library and checking them out. There is a wide array of subjects.
     I'm currently reading Slavoj Žižek's book, The Puppet and The Dwarf. I'll confess, it is making me feel quiet dull, but hopefully it begins to make sense by the end.
     I had a very good discussion with a friend over beers last Thursday. The conversation meandered over to Anabaptists/Mennonites and I learned more about the Mennonite intellectual traditions. I did not realize the Lutherans considered us such heretics, and only recently retracted that position. Our strong commitment to separation of Church and State. Menno's realized that Church and State just led to Empire, and that Christians should have no part of Empire. It was a very heretical idea at the time. That Mennonites traditionally don't read the Bible is the same way many other Christian traditions do. There are a lot of Mennonite profs in University's and it seems there is a good reason for that. There's a lot to be proud of.
     That's been Scott's thoughts over the last few weeks. I'm still working through the truth seeker challenge. Waiting on the library really. I'll end with a statement that I've been mulling over since last Thursday.
"I believe in God, but I don't think God exists."

1 comment:

  1. "I believe in God, but I don't think God exists."

    Funny - sounded like Shermer :)

    A lot of people don't seem to *really* believe in God, but they believe in belief in God.