14.1.04

My first long day of classes is over. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. Maybe it was just because it was the first time I went through it, but they didn't seem to drag at all. Tuesday's may not be so brutal after all.

My Religous Studies Methodologies course was particularly interesting. For those of you who don't know, a course like that is one in which we ask questions like "What is Religion? How do you study religion? etc." you know, big vague, hypothetical and definitional questions that end up running us around in circles for the full three hours. Nonetheless, it was good. Several students ended up lamenting the fact that any kind of talk of God (or "the ultimate being" etc.) seemed to be slowly leaving religious studies, which to them made it far less interesting. We also questioned discourse theory, the ability of scholars to seperate substance from concept, and the non-essentialist viewpoint which our current textbook takes on religion in general. Not bad for one three hour session. Yes that last sentence was supposed to be basically impenetrable, and though you may think thats just because you were not in the class, that is not the case. It was equally impenetrable for those of us in the class. Good times.

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