Tuesday, November 22, 2011
mass at the Oakland cathedral, Sunday was full of moments of gratitude - moments where I'm thankful to be lucky enough to be experiencing something radically new. A plenary brought together scholars discussing the future of the study of religion, and one cited a recent Navajo poetess' retelling of Luke's nativity: the shepherds - women, of course - learned of the birth of Jesus from the animals. An SBL panel on African Biblical Hermeneutics let me witness how Southern African theologians approach faithful but decolonizing interpretation, in a discussion of the woman (not "witch," it was argued) of Endor and Old Testament divination practices with nearer correlates in Congolese experience than European. A genially combative Black Theology panel and a snibbet of a panel introducing the improbable but intriguing Jewish Annotated New Testament rounded out the day. Dinner was in Oakland with the friend who's putting me up.
philosophized with kids in Brooklyn, and invited me over. While I have all sorts of objections to home schooling in theory, the practice was very enjoyable. I wound up focusing on Hume's argument that "if the spirit of religion join itself to the love of wonder, there is an end of common sense." Enough!