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Sunday, December 24. 2006
I urge you to take a few minutes to read Gagdad Bob's latest, which concerns education and religion. A few quotes, to tempt you:
Enough? Bob always leaves me thinking. Read the whole thing. America's first colleges: King's College (Columbia now), Harvard, Yale, the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) - were all begun as places to mainly educate clergy, and/or religiously-interested lay people. Have they simply been co-opted by a new religion? Are colleges still doctrinal seminaries, with new doctrines?
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Doctrinal Seminaries? I too have started calling the college here in town the seminary. Alternatively, I think of the special departments, women's studies and such, as the equivalent of the political departments in the universities of the old communist countries. The main difference is that they are not yet held in universal contempt by the students.
Nice blog (though I got here through a link to the charming diamond bikini Christmas card) - I also like Gagdad Bob.
Though we live in New England (Connecticut), both of our daughters chose to attend colleges in the mid-West where the intense contempt for religion found throughout the Ivies and Little Ivies has not so completely overwhelmed the best colleges and universities. Perhaps it's the more culturally conservative nature of the student bodies, perhaps it's (in one case) the (though mainline Protestant) religious affiliation of the college, or the sort of prominent academics who end up saying to themselves "I'll stay here at Northwestern rather than move to Yale, I'd rather raise my family here..." -- but whatever the reasons, the education seems closer to the balance we had 40 years ago than what I hear from their friends at the equivalent New England and West Coast schools - more critical thinking and less political correctness (though it creeps in).
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I got here through a naked woman, as well. Merry Christmas!
I have to comment on this quotation from your post. It stuns me that someone would say this in light of the three definitions of cosmic I looked up at different sites. How can anyone know this territory on a first hand basis without being God? I have to add it would be cool for God to show up at a few universities. I wonder if the liberal student activists would demonstrate? .... Maybe God would smite them.
“Religions are not about the horizontal, objective, or quantitative world, and to treat them as such is to misunderstand them, precisely. They are specifically roadmaps of the cosmic interior, and only someone who knows the territory on a first hand basis is qualified to teach about it."
Main Entry: cos·mic
Variant(s): also cos.mi.cal /-mi-k&l/
Etymology: Greek kosmikos, from kosmos order, universe
1 : of or relating to the cosmos, the extraterrestrial vastness, or the universe in contrast to the earth alone
2 : characterized by greatness especially in extent, intensity, or comprehensiveness
- cos·mi·cal·ly /-mi-k(&-)lE/ adverb
So pervasive and all-inclusive as to exist in or affect the whole world: catholic, cosmopolitan, ecumenical, global, pandemic, planetary, universal, worldwide.
cos·mic (kzmk) KEY also cos·mi·cal (-m-kl) KEY
1. Of or relating to the universe, especially as distinct from Earth.
2. Infinitely or inconceivably extended; vast:
You have to read Gagdad Bob's blog for a while to understand what he means by "cosmic interior."
Over time, I have come to think it means something...I think!
I have read his blog. I am still troubled by the statement, however.
I realize Gagdad Bog makes up words, and that is fine, but the practice stretches his credibility in the sense that if he can't describe it without making up words, who can? "cosmic interior"? Okay. It's still 'cosmic' and adding 'interior' adds complexity to an already rather 'huge' conceptual grasp.
I guess I really have a problem with >only someone who knows the territory on a first hand basis is qualified to teach about it."<
If religions are merely roadmaps to a 'cosmic interior' and one must know that roadmap intimately in order to teach it, what, then, is he teaching? Would that teacher teach that all religions are equally correct? What if those under his tutelage represented one of each of this planet's religions? Do the varied religions all share the same 'roadmap' or 'cosmic interior'?
You don't happen to have God's email address, do you? :)
Think G. Bob is grandiose? My problem with G. Bob isn't that he is creating his own religion, but that he keeps bringing politics into it. Not that I disagree with his politics, but it confuses his "horizontal" with his "vertical."
Nevertheless, I find it a stimulating read.
Grandiose? I wouldn't use that word. But I won't say what I would use because it would be taken as a pejorative. I can parse it into something like that state people go into when they get 'high' without drugs.
I'm not a good judge, however, as I find myself more irritated than stimulated by his writing. I tend to think as I read - "who made you god?" Like we really need another religion on this planet.
Oh well. So much for that. My cosmic interior tells me the earth is flat. :)