Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nietzsche, Paul, Story and Practice: Spectrum Review Part 3

This week we look at a few different things, continuing on the theme of language or story breaking down.  David briefly presents his experiences reading Nietzsche and how his writings kept taking him back to Paul, then we look at the question of how the way we live can be at odds with the stories we tell  We look at this question in the context of two of the other roundtable discussions from the Third Way Conference, on Adventist story-telling and on the history of pacifism within Adventism.  Both are examples of how the stories we tell, or forget to tell, can stand at odds with how we view the world based on our beliefs and lifestyle choices.

Our question this week - what are stories that you were told as a child that did not mesh with the way your family lived, or with the beliefs you were raised with?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Language Problems

Sometimes language just doesn't cut it, no matter how hard you try.  A few weeks ago David and I decided to talk about our experiences travelling, but what was supposed to be a series of observations on a really interesting part of the world very quickly broke down into something quite different.  It turned out that David didn't understand why I did what I did, and I didn't understand why he didn't understand, and language didn't seem up to the task of bridging the divide.

In this podcast we explore the gap between us and the limitations of language in the face of very different life experiences.

Here is the podcast: Language Problems

How about you guys, do you have any similar stories in your own life where language just wasn't up to the task?  What did you do?

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Third Way Conference Report Part 2

Welcome to the second part of our report on The Third Way Conference!  In this discussion we go over the second and third presentations, including our favourite part of the conference--the presentation of William Johnsson on his experiences building real connections with people of other faiths, and how that has informed his life.  It was an intensely personal presentation of his experiences that demanded a response on the part of the audience, and, well, here's ours.

Spectrum Conference Report Part 2

Look forward next week to a discussion of what we learned about ourselves by travelling to the States, as well as a bit of what we learnt about the States, which was equally fascinating (at least to us).