I've been busy or distracted or lazy over the last few months and haven't posted often. Not only that, in those few posts I promised to write follow-up or related posts and have not managed that.
I wrote about a journalism teacher at a US college whose students didn't really care and who wrote himself about what excellent teachers needed to do in that situation. I said that I would relate that to my classes and write an evaluation of my just-finished semester and plans and goals for next semester. I expect to do that soon.
I also told readers that I would go into more detail about my Jeju trip.
Finally, I completed an online quiz about atheism, posted the results on my blog and a commenter challenged me on the subject. We discussed things back-and-forth for a while before events (not serious, just the sort to take me away form my of-so-important computer time) at home pulled me away. I thought it would be a brief interruption but it's been a few weeks. Sometime, and not in the near future, I plan to repost those comments or parts of them.
Here's some big news: I have decided to read the bible! -What, it doesn't need an exclamation point? Alright, but it's a fairly major undertaking and I had to consider my motivation before starting.
I read the bible in grade three - I think it was a Gideon bible and I probably have it at home, still. It meant nothing to me at the time but I found the bible before going to university and took it there for some reason (it returned home, unread). Anyway, I will be reading an online version.
Why will I read it? There are a lot of reasons of secondary value but the primary reason is simple curiosity. What is all the excitement about?
Of lesser importance: I will check what others have said: there are two versions of Genesis and they don't agree with each other, The ten Commandments are different from when Moses drops them and when they appear elsewhere in The Book, Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem for a Census although there are no records of a Census that year.
Secondly, many have said the writing in the bible is beautiful. Even Dawkins suggests reading the bible because it is the source for so many traditions in other literature. A teacher at my high school had students read the book of Job as literature.
I may post a few notes regarding my reading but I will not hurry so don't expect much here on the subject.