Saturday, January 26, 2008

1. I seem to be continually running, I'm now in school 5 days a week, and have a hard time accounting for the lack of spare time.
2. I came on here with the purpose of uploading new pictures of Lydia, then I realized I haven't taken any. Eh heh. I guess I'll add that to the list of the 50 other things I want to do with my spring break, that we all know is really a reading break anyhow. :)
3. I have two assignments down, with only studying left for today (yay), but all I really want is a nap, and that elusive pastime called fun.
4. I'm itching to draw, hm, when did that start.
5. Boy, I need to get caught up on my statistics.
6. Yeah, a nap would be really good.



Sunday, January 13, 2008

Only on occasion does something cause my blood to boil enough that I actually blog about it. This morning in an adult bible class the subject was atheism with the main text being Psalm 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." I really appreciated the study as I sometimes forget just how much natural man hates God, and what lengths they will go to, to kill the God they don't believe exists, or don't want to believe exists. They will even blame Him for cruelty while denying His existence. Yeah, the reasonable man is so very illogical.

But now to the boiling part. Pastor Lee gave Philip Pullman, the author of the epic trilogy 'His Dark Materials', of which the first novel is The Golden Compass, as an example of why the topic of atheism is of real concern. Now I don't keep up to date on the latest best sellers, or newly released movies, so forgive me if this is old news. I did happen to notice a movie going around that was called The Golden Compass, but I thought it another work of science fiction for kids & teen, with unpleasant enough characters and topics, but no more than that. I thought these quote from Pullman were of particular interest:

"I’ve been surprised by how little criticism I’ve got. Harry Potter’s been taking all the flak. I’m a great fan of J.K. Rowling, but the people - mainly from America’s Bible Belt - who complain that Harry Potter promotes Satanism or witchcraft obviously haven’t got enough in their lives. Meanwhile, I’ve been flying under the radar, saying things that are far more subversive than anything poor old Harry has said. My books are about killing God."

"Atheism suggests a degree of certainty that I'm not quite willing to accede. I suppose technically, you'd have to put me down as an agnostic. But if there is a God, and he is as the Christians describe him, then he deserves to be put down and rebelled against. As you look back over the history of the Christian church, it's a record of terrible infamy and cruelty and persecution and tyranny. How they have the bloody nerve to go on Thought for the Day and tell us all to be good when, given the slightest chance, they'd be hanging the rest of us and flogging the homosexuals and persecuting the witches."

"All stories teach," he's said, "whether the storyteller intends them to or not. They teach the world we create. They teach the morality we live by. They teach it much more effectively than moral precepts and instructions. ... We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and dont's: We need books, time and silence. 'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten."

"Blake said Milton was a true poet and of the Devil’s party without knowing it. I am of the Devil’s party and know it."

"I wanted to reach everyone," he says, "and the best way I could hope to do that was to write for children."

All I can say is, if I had children I certainly wouldn't be making him their schoolmaster.