The Process of Belief
(hat tip to Bad Religion for the title)
Following up on what Jamie’s been blogging about lately, if you haven’t checked out this month’s National Geographic I’d recommend it – the cover story is about the newly-translated Gospel of Judas (yes, that Judas). The article (and the gospel itself) provides an interesting window into the state of the early church, when there was no canon of beliefs. At some point it would probably be interesting to read texts like the gospel of Judas, the gospel of Thomas, etc – to gain a more complete picture of the various accounts of Jesus’ life.
One of the guys I work with is a fairly conservative ‘born again’ Christian – and he and I have had some decent discussions in the past about religion. I’ve encouraged him to look into the history of the New Testament as a document – how it was codified, what was left out and why, etc. I don’t know if he ever did, but reading articles like this one (as well as “The Jesus Papers”, by the same guy who wrote Holy Blood, Holy Grail) have gotten me to wondering about that subject again. Maybe I’ll have to bring it up with him soon.
Updates on previous subjects:
Xavier’s so close to crawling. Today I saw him get up on all fours several times and rock back and forth. He never managed to pick up his arms/legs in the right order, but you can really tell that he’s starting to put the pieces together. It makes me a bit more excited to come home from work every day, to see what he’s learned to do today. Of course, when he actually does start to crawl I’m sure that’ll open up a world of new worries – but for right now it’s just an exciting new development.
There is a company that rents hybrid cars, apparently. Fox. Unfortunately, they’re a small scale operation based in California and the west (their closest location is in Arizona or Las Vegas). So – the next time you’re in California and want to rent a hybrid, look them up. http://www.evrental.com.