Dear Brad, Far from being corny, your interpretation of Jesus’ baptism–in the bathwater of pagan mythology (or something like that) is one of the most beautiful things I ever heard. In fact, that lecture is something I would like to share with a Christian co-worker that is turned off by the pagan influence of Easter. Brad, are you or have you considered being a Deacon? Although, I suppose the duties may conflict with your circumstances. I enjoy your lectures. Sincerely, Patricia Colling
Your comments on Stephen King really resonate. Stephen King is a ridiculously good writer–maybe the best in my very limited experience; however, his stories are so dark and despairing that I personally prefer the stories of Dean Koontz. Also, given that I am more prone to thinking than reading (working on that) it is amazing at how often my thoughts from no other source, secularly, than my own reasoning echo thoughts of many philosophers throughout the ages and much of the thought within the Catholic Church. Things such as the fear of God–the terrifying reality of our fallen nature when compared to the fullness and goodness of God, and, the beautiful aspect of our suffering that, even though it is not of our choice, we still can offer it up for truth’s sake–thus becoming a very profound sacrifice. Your courses are enriching my life more than you could know. I only hope that the experience has benefits for humanity that we are unable to fully grasp; especially, because to try to share these affections seems so dampening.