Just in case you were wondering what has been keeping me from posting here, it's Theology, History, and Hebrew. Those are the classes I'm taking now and that's what's taking up a lot of my limited brain power. So here's something that I think is interesting from each of my classes:
Theology - You can't have theology without philosophy, but no philosophy is wholly adequate to describe that which is wholly other. Go figure.
History - In the early church new converts were trained in the teaching of the church for three years before being baptized and made Christians. A big reason for this is that persecution was so common that they wanted to make sure that people knew what they were getting themselves into.
Hebrew - Ok, so I've learned the alphabet and a few words, not a whole lot that's profound here. The one thing that made me say, "huh," was that Hebrew has only two genders (he & she) versus the three genders of English (he, she, & it). That means that all words have to be expressed as either masculine or feminine regardless of any inherent maleness or femaleness. So the fact that God is a masculine word in Hebrew means about as much as Jerusalem being a feminine word. Any notion of God being a male from the Hebrew text is completely a fabrication of men who want to interpret it that way. God is without gender, neither male nor female. God is wholly other and created things cannot completely picture the divine.