Well, its not terribly bad. I just haven’t figured out how to avoid all the potholes on Mass Ave yet. [smile] But I can definitely tell that my back and legs are going to be sore tomorrow.
Tomorrow is an off day for biking at least for now. I have class all day and I’m just not up to biking all the way to school quite yet. That just means that Wednesday when I get home I will have to make myself take Minnie Pearl out. I have been wanting to take a monument tour, so maybe that’s on the agenda.
In other news, physical exertion isn’t the only kind of exercise I’ve had today. After the three hours of Systematic Theology with Dr. Soulan on Mondays, I feel like my brain (and soul) needs a break. The topic today was examining theological sources and norms. You know, “Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience.” You wouldn’t necessarily think this topic would be so heady or heavy, but it definitely was and I’m left trying to figure out what I actually think/believe. I mean that’s sort of the point of the class so at least I can feel assured that I’m getting my money’s worth. [smile]
I will share one interesting insight from the class discussion today… have you heard of “narrative theology”? Its okay if you haven’t I hadn’t really either before reading for class. Basically it means looking at the Bible as if it were a novel… written to communicate something through character development and plot. Now I’m not suggesting the Bible is exactly like other novels… its really more of an epic (think Gone with the Wind or Anna Karenina). And its not even exactly like other epics, but there is something to be said for how the story of God’s involvement in the human story.
If you know me at all you know I love a story. [smile] So of course the idea that the Bible should be read as a novel is perfect. I can really get behind that. Plus it kind of feels like that’s what I’ve been doing all of my life anyway. In addition to the personal appeal to exploring theology from this perspective I love that it interjects reality into all the academic theological rhetoric and that it affirms the image of a God who meets us in history. That’s powerful!
Well that’s enough for now. I think I might take a moment to meditate before I move on to my homework for the evening. Blessings, M