There was an interesting discussion on NBC news this morning about the appearance of Jesus in popular culture. Matt Lauer interviewed two religious officials, one Rabbi and one Catholic Bishop.
It was interesting to me the difference between the viewpoints of the Rabbi and the Bishop. Images of the movie Dogma (Kevin Smith, 1999) kept popping into my head.
On one hand, the Bishop, the other, the Rabbi. Let me sumarize what each of them said.
The appearance of Christ as a more masculine figure now than in the past is absurd. Christ has traits of both women (compassion, understanding, the ability to forgive easily) and men (strong willed, outspoken, etc.). It is not necessary to view Christ as being more masculine or more feminine simply because he is neither. A change in this viewpoint would be a fundamental change in Christian Thought. The necessity of God and Christ to appear as imposing enforcers is in no way necessary for a good religious following.
Christ is becoming more masculine in popular culture. It is a phenomenon in American culture that when the times get tough or we are met with adversity, we respond by getting tougher ourselves. This is the fundamental reason we are seeing a more masculine Christ figure. Christ was inherently a buff, strong man; He was a carpenter, so we know that he was strong and in shape. In today’s world, we need to have a fearful God figure in religion because without it, religion does not have an effect on terrorists and others who are determined to do harm to innocent people.
Now, keep in mind that these are not my viewpoints, but simply the viewpoints of these two individuals. I just found the contrast interesting. I could definitely have listened to them for another two hours debate the subject. Let me know what you think.
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In other news. I like how the front page of the IDS has been converted to advertisement for a porn website. The article Student Ethics to Review Dorm Website not only mentions and advertizes for the website www.teenkeira.com but it links to it from the front page.
Now it seems a little odd to me that this newspaper could publish something like this and not have issues with the FCC, or whomever governs print media. It’s rediculas that this porn site gets free advertisement because the IDS decided that the URL needed to be printed in the paper. I bet after today the website’s traffic picks up by, let me throw a random number out there, 38,000 unique hits. I wish I had a website that brouhgt me money who’s traffic increased by that much in a day…
Oh, the Indiana Daily Student, the lows you stoop to will never cease to amaze me.
The End-of-the-Blog Rundown
Song of the Day – Beautiful Day – U2
Hero of the Day –
Quote of the Day
(discussing how to keep people from running into me while I’m reading the paper and walking)
Sara: You could just repeatedly fall down, that will get them out of your way.
Me: Yea, but then my insurance company would become suspicious after I file three claims for broken bones in a week.
Darwin Award Recipient for the Week Begining March 28, 2004
The Axis Wednesday person (must be PC here…riiight). If you don’t remember him, check out this post (opens in same window).
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The Weekend Update
Sorry that it has taken me a while to post, but I’ve been busy… being a slacker. I haven’t really done anything productive the last couple days. I’ve done a lot of geocaching (my total is now 37 finds) and a lot of nothing.
Yesterday I cleaned my bathroom, that and geocached. Monday I did my java homework, and geocached.
The NCD convention this past weekend was bad. The trip to Columbus, OH was a lot of fun and the people that I went with made the trip worthwhile, but the convention itself sucked.
I can see now why we don’t fit into the disctict as a chapter. Maybe it’s because the rest of the district is full of a bunch of lunatics and we’re one of the few quasi normal chapters in the assembly.
I did some geocaching in Columbus with Erin. Nothing too interesting came of that, other than the fact that I did a couple in Columbus.
That’s all I got. Peace out yo!