Monday, November 22, 2004
Now, yall might be wondering where I got the title for this thing from! I was laying on my bed trying desperately to come up for a title that would summarize the various topics that will be presented here. I was thinking "religious......." I didn't wish to put "religious tolerance", "religious struggles" or anything of the sort. Then the word "experiment" popped into my mind. "Religious experiment?" how odd I thought. But, the word wouldn't get out of my head. So, I looked up "experiment in the thesaurus and as definition is stated "an operation to establish a principle or a truth." I knew right then, that had to be my title! This blog is my way (or operation) to get feedback on my various thoughts and discussions, which ultimately will lead me to make certain conclusions for myself (or to establish a principle or a truth) about whatever the subject matter may be.
So, with all that said here is my plan for my first few posts which I hope can turn into discussions. I recently picked up the book entitled "The Varieties of Religious Experience" by William James. The book is broken up into lectures (James was a Gifford Lecturer on natural religion at Edinburgh University) and I have worked my way through the first lecture and am in middle of the second. What I plan on doing is summarizing each lecture and then posing my thoughts and questions about them. Don't worry though, I will make it to where you do not have to actually read the book, to participate in the discussions or know what I am talking about. To ask anyone to read this book would be like asking someone to walk from Florida to New Mexico! You would be nuts to actually want to do that. :-) [which is why Billy hasn't come to visit yet].
Happy reading to you all, and I hope this blog turns out better than the last. For that to happen I need all your support, or else I will get lazy! So tell your moms and dads, friends and grandma's, because if you don't I am just going to be talking to myself in hopes of one day being discovered!
Hugs and kisses,