Seems A Shame To Waste Your Time

So I started work at 8am this morning and have gone right through until now. I have finished the 3rd draft of a seminar I am leading tomorrow morning at a conference on apologetics and I have to do a hand-out and a powerpoint before I get to bed. Can you see why it annoys me so much when you joke that I only work one day a week?

I have been getting in the mood for the R.E.M. gig coming up by listening to all their albums though so that was nice. They are definitely my favourite band ever. I love them. Funzo aren’t quite as famous but they are getting there. I slapped my forehead when I missed their latest gig this Monday. Through the wonder of YouTube you can pretend to be there.

The day spent doing what I have been doing means that my brain is hyper-overloaded. I was struck by this quote I read by the English philosopher Iris Murdoch. She is talking about the Enlightenment idea that reason alone is all we need to forge our way forward, unaided by any other voices. The rational person of the 20th Century (maybe it will be different for us?) was so certain of reasons light that:

confronted even with Christ turns away to consider the judgment of his own conscience and to hear the voice of his own reason.

As I prepare to equip and train and inspire bright young things in the reasoned defence of the faith I realise we constantly run the risk of doing this. We take Jesus and filter him down until its just his words and then filter them down by saying it doesn’t apply to today. Before long we’ve warped the portrait of Jesus we find in the Gospels so that Jesus looks just like us. Its not just non-Christians who turn away from the words of Jesus and consider what they mean to us. Christians do it just as much if not more.

So instead of doing that tomorrow, I hope to stand up and proudly proclaim that when Jesus called the Pharisees broods of vipers that is what he meant, when he said camels get through needles easier than rich men get into heaven that is what he meant and when he said we should love the Lord our God with all our Minds, that too is what he meant.

I like that last bit.

There are lots of great things going on in my comments and I really appreciate that but have been over-worked and so not able to deal with them fully. I will try to next week.

Your Correspondent, Sat there looking ugly, looking ugly and mean.

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