Sunday, May 14, 2006

Done with one thing and on to the next

I'm sorry it has been so long since I've given you the pleasure of reading my words. So here's the scoop: I was writing papers, then taking finals, then my dad was here for a visit, and now I'm starting my summer jobs. I've been a busy kid.

Papers: The first one was a "Statement of Faith" which pretty much means that I got to write what I believe about stuff and why (it was limited to 30 pages or I would have had to write more). My goal was to describe God, creation, humanity, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the church in terms that would make sense to an unchurched person . . . after several edits, I'm still not happy with it, but at least I'm thinking through how to translate church-ese into . . . ya'know . . . English.

The second paper was for my Church History class; in it I examined the role of the invention of the printing press in the Protestant Reformation. I will make autographed copies available upon request. Ok, so maybe it's not that interesting, but what I really wanted to explore needed this background, so I had an excuse to start down the path. The change in language from the written word to the printed word radically changed the way that human beings use language, which changed the way that we think. The advent of the internet has (I believe) produced a similar change in the use of language. Therefore the changes in thought that we see are less about philosophy (postmodernism) than they are about the tie between language and thought.

Finals: Lots o' writing essays - you know you want to, all the cool kids are doing it.

Dad's visit: It was fun to start my vacation with my dad around. We saw some Memphis stuff (not too much to see). Had some Memphis food (catfish and ribs are tastin' soooooo goooood). And he helped me to do some computer repair and play some video games and bake some bread. We both pretty much chilled and enjoyed it.

Summer Jobs: Yes, jobs: plural. In order to make some scratch I need to work full time this summer, but in order to get to that level I need two part time jobs. So I now work for the local religious printed resource peddler and the nautically themed bean-beverage purveyor. As soon as I put my dad on the plane it was time to get to work. I worked all day Friday and Saturday and will continue the trend come Monday. I just can’t wait to get me some paychecks.

Now you are up to date. I’ll try to have some pith or wit or guff on my next outing.

7 comments:

Meg said...

Glad to see you back!

Tim Lewis said...

Please, give us guff.

arwen said...

does it make me a nerd if I think that the Protestant Printing Press Paper sounds Particularly ... interesting? I might take you up on that autographed copy... I'm glad that you and your dad bake bread together. It's sweet.

Ty said...

As a paleography nerd I have to ask: did you look into the transformation of the Greek bible at all? It is probably outside the scope of the paper but I am fascinated by the cursive scripts employed prior to the printing press. There have been more than four-hundred ligatures (ways of joining letters) and shorthand characters in use throughout the centuries. When they began to print in Greek, they tried to continue this tradition, but it proved too costly and time-consuming.

BTW - the Greek script in our bibles is very different from miniscule Greek writing. For instance: miniscule manuscripts often have several letters with "final" forms (different forms of letters which signify the end of a word), printed Greek has one, Sigma; I have yet to see a final sigma in a manuscript (they are out there, but evidently they are less common than other letters until very recently, by the historical perspective).

Mrs. Andrea Wood said...

I "got" to proof those papers. Let me tell you, an autographed James Wood paper will be worth something (not sure what) someday(not sure when).

arwen said...

Through my time at UI, I have learned that the Sigmas aren't that cool according to Alpha Phi and Delta Delta Delta (short hand: Aphi and TriDelt). I have been informed that only the DSigs (Delta Sigma Phi)and the DChis (Delta Chi)are the cool ones... I think that is why there are so few Sigmas in the world...

everyday.wonder said...

Nice to see you back in the game. Also, interesting to hear about some of your future plans through the Tim and Rich grapevine. Keep up the praying and working!