This is Fun

So I’m into the preparatory part of N.T. Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God. This isn’t a popular presentation but a scholarly one, so you have some thirty or forty pages of groundwork to go through: preliminaries, questions posed, general thesis, approach to objections, parts and chapters described, etc, etc.

But what fun! I know none of this stuff. Almost zero. I mean I have read the Gospels and Acts and pinches of other works (although my reading of the OT is still sparse – I mean come on, I couldn’t get through the leavened bread! what is the big deal about yeast!?). But how the Jews and pagans viewed resurrection in general? I don’t know.

In general, an atheist tends to not pay any attention to anything having to do with religion, or, spends time attacking it while still knowing nothing about it, or, knows something about it and attacks it, or knows about it and doesn’t attack it (that’s a rare specimen). I was the first. I never looked at any of it for the same reason I never sought out a biography on Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny.

It is like joining a murder mystery. But this one is two thousand years old, and, apparently, the victim got up and walked away three days after the event. Beat that Law and Order!


4 thoughts on “This is Fun

  1. Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny are worthy of research. Saint Nicholas was an historical figure. It’s interesting to trace the development of his current mythical characterization.

    The Easter Bunny is obviously a fertility symbol along with Easter eggs (which, also obviously, aren’t produced by rabbits). Spring has always been conceptualized as a rebirth (resurrection) of nature following its death in winter.

    1. Er, perhaps my point was lost. I didn’t mean Saint Nicholas. I’m talking about the guy who flies around the world in a single night dropping off gifts to all the good girls and boys.

      Literally – that guy.

      “Welcome everyone! It is Christmas Eve. And we are going right away to Curt Blunderwood who is live at the North Pole! Curt, what can you tell us?”

      “Yes, thank you, Pat. Well as you can see behind me, we are at what could be possibly Santa’s fortress. Yes… see that mound over there? We believe that to be the top of what is conceivably the possible workshop of Santa himself!”

      “Has there been any activity yet, Curt?”

      “No, no, nothing yet. But – hold on, Pat! Nope, that was another tauntaun.”

      Or perhaps the Tooth Fairy, the Kayeri, the patupaiarehe, or a simple boggart. Anything that is considered a complete figment of man’s imagination. Whatever the origins of Santa Clause, we can agree that Santa Clause, the man who delivers toys to all the good girls and boys, if an invention, and is not, in fact, out there on Christmas Eve.

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