I sincerely wish to thank the reader of mine who brought and shipped to me a new iPod Touch 32GB. She knows I’m often Blogger on the Go; she wanted to help me work; voila: new iPod 32GB for John.
Having received the gift yesterday, I can today report with confidence that I’ll never write again. I can’t take my hands off the thing. Now my erstwhile beloved MacBook seems to me like a wheezing and clacking IBM Selectric typewriter. Plus, does my MacBook offer me so many apps that with surprising facility I can fashion it into practically an externalized, pocket-sized replication of my entire nervous system?
I don’t think so.
I don’t think I think so. I’m not sure. Let me launch my new iPod app, “Be Sure You’re Sure When You’re Sure.”
Yeah, that’s what I thought: my MacBook is trash. From now on, if I can’t write it with my thumbs it gets a thumbs-down from me.
Thanks for the iPod 32, super-generous reader! Way to put your money where my big fat thumbs are!
Seriously: thanks. It’s touching that you so care for what I do.
Speaking of which, lately (with, An Atheist (And Her Atheist Husband) Visit Her Evangelical Family, and, “Is the Devil Making Me Believe in a ‘Liberal’ God Who Isn’t the True God?) we’ve been talking about pretty radically varying concepts of Christianity. No big news there: Christians have been arguing about Christianity since Christ’s disciples were bitching at each other about which one of them he liked best.
We can go to church; we can attend Christian adult education classes and/or Bible studies; we can hire a court reporter to sit next to us in church and record every word our pastor says. We can spend our lives becoming Bible scholars. We can order tapes and DVD’s from ministers, pastors, preachers, professors, theologians, mystics, linguists, authors. We can change denominations of Christianity once a month (and not get through half of them before we die). We can do everything possible to become as knowledgeable as possible about the only book in our religion that matters.
And if three thousand different people did that, when they were finished what would we have? You know: we’d have three thousand different sets of fully informed opinions about what Christianity really is, means, was, and should be.
What does that say about us? What does it mean? Is there a true Christianity? Moreover, what might it say about God, and/or his relationship with us? Does it tell us anything important? Anything real?
Very much related to this post is my “We Get the God We Can Handle.”