Lots of often disconnected stuff is floating around in my brain on this hot June day. The forecast is for 90 degrees for the next 5 days. I dislike hot weather the older I get. How did I survive all of those years as a kid without AC? Youth, I suppose. My right-wing brother-in-law visited us yesterday and, in his usual punitive manner, dropped the line, ‘You know that this was one of the coldest Springs on record.” Luckily he refrained from the couplet, ‘So much for global warming.’ Apparently the 90 degree heat wave in central Alaska last week escaped his ears as did the 5-day forecast for Toledo.
• I got an email from a friend on the political left last night with the title, “Tell me it ain’t so.” The body of the email said this:
Are we doing Iraq all over again.
Well, who knows. We do love foreign intrusion and have, as one of our nationalistic mottoes, Might makes Right! Will the President refrain from doing what so many of his predecessors have done, especially in their 2nd term?
I replied, ‘Who knows?’
• I have 2 bookmarks sitting side-by-side on my computer and the sites to with they direct the computer could not be more divergent. One is Science Daily and the neighbor is a local religion-discussion site. They are two of my favorite sites yet I cannot read them one after the other. I cannot. The disparity is too great for my aging brain to manage.
On the science site I read of black holes, quantum physics, new medical discoveries, magnificent discoveries in technology, genetic research, archaeological finds and human brain functions. All fascinate me! Then, on the religion site, I am confronted by church doctrine, biblical nonsense, sin, righteousness, and Hell. Sigh. Gag.
• Then there is the laughable world of U.S. politics. Seriously, it is hilarious. Darkly funny and pathetic. Our citizens, appropriately, have switched the channel to summer. And why not? DC has become an outrageous burlesque show, seedy theatrics, a mockery of what our Founding Fathers had in mind. It is time to pull the plug on this entire cesspool, drain and sanitize it. Just end the misery.
• What are you reading this summer, if anything? I hate to confess, but you probably know the theme of my latest book- and it is an actual book this time. The title is The Five Gospels. Yes five as Thomas gets a nod from the authors. The book purports to find the actual words of Jesus in those gospels and is the work of a group of scholars referred to as The Jesus Seminar. About 150 biblical scholars took part in the venture and, as a result of their work, this book color-codes the words put onto the lips of Jesus in these gospels. Words in black indicate a fabrication by the evangelists; the vast majority of his words are black. Equally common is the color gray that indicates that he may have spoken something like this but the actual words are lost in oral tradition. Less common is pink. Scholars use this color for phrases probably attributable to Jesus. I am already on page 135 and have yet to encounter the color red, the words that these scholars think came directly from his mouth.
If anyone wants more information about this project, let me know and I’ll do an entire post on the results of the Jesus Seminar.