Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Bible + I'm Sick = Blog Post


So, a new semester is upon us. Things are looking pretty exciting so far, I'm actually kind of pumped for my new classes. Basically, in two of them (The Bible and Literature, and The Pauline Epistles) I'm studying the Bible. For reals! It's actually sick. I bought my "text book" from the bookstore on Monday, and would you believe that it's actually the Bible? It's the New Revised Standard Version, with which I have no previous experience. Does anyone know about the reliability of this version? Anyway, it's a giant GIANT Bible, and it's annotated... oooh!!! So it's pretty neato. It also includes the Apocrypha, of which I have an irrational fear. I used to have strange dreams all the time that I would be flipping through my Bible, and I would come across these weird books that I had never heard of before, with crazy names and stuff.... and when I was skimming this new Bible and came to the Apocryphal books, I had the same feeling as I do in the dreams. Weird. I don't actually have to read them for the course, but I am still up in the air as to whether I actually have any desire to read them on my own or not. Our church fathers concluded that they're not God's inspired word, so I guess reading them would really serve no purpose except to quench my own curiosity, but I have a feeling that it's not a very good idea, for some reason. They make me feel uneasy!

I'm also in a class called "Religion and Violence", which examines the treatment and views on violence from a couple of different religious viewpoints, and the notion of whether or not religion promotes or decreases the amount of violence in our world. We'll be focussing mostly on Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. It should be pretty interesting. The prof began the class by reading John Lennon's "Imagine" to us, so I am pretty sure of where he stands.

In other news, I am sick. Again. Coughing is no fun, neither is perpetually clearing one's throat. Especially the throat clearing, particularly because it makes you continually swallow air, therefore causing an inordinate amount of burps. Yuck.

Yikes, I am tired! Class tomorrow at 10:00am, not too early! Yay! And a soccer game tomorrow night, with me residing as the unofficial team mascot and cheerleader. Goooooo LCF! Should be fun.

With all my love and affection,


Alana said...

You are so lucky, you pretty much have the sweetest classes! Mine aren't too bad, but not as fun as all of your Bible classes. I hope you learn lots!