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14 responses to “Lazy Sunday”

  1. paul burns

    Finished reading Ross Gibson, 26 Views of the Starburst World. William Dawes at Sydney Cove 1788-91. Interesting.
    Now reading Geza Vermes, Christian Beginnings. From Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30-325. That I’m really enjoying, I suppose because its more where my head is at at the moment.
    Was disappointed to hear a remote deepwater swimming hole I used to go swimming at near Armidale is now being polluted by run-off from farms. It once used to be crystal clear water, when I used to go there years ago. Nothing is ever left unspoiled in this land.

  2. Paul Norton

    I cycled to Beaudesert and put $10 on Fawkner to win the Caulfield Cup.

  3. zorronsky

    Paul I read Elaine Pagels’ Gnostic Gospels 30 odd years ago. It had a profound effect on my understanding of spirituality.

  4. paul burns

    Have also read Pagels. I’m not far enough advanced in Vermes to know if he deals in detail with the gnostics, though he has mentioned the apocryphal Gospel of St. Thomas in passing. He doesn’t mention them in his list of abbreviations. He is, I think more concerned with the Jewishness of early Xanity. Anyway, so far its a good read.
    IIRC, (and I may not) Robin Lane Fox’s Pagans and Christians, and some of the works of Peter Brown deal quite fully with the Gnostic Xtans.
    The Gospels themselves cost about 4-500 dollars, so I haven’t lashed out though they’d be fascinating reading.

  5. paul burns

    And, Zorronsky, I just found this:
    Happy reading.

  6. paul burns

    Just bought them. Wow, the price has gone down a\since I last looked.

  7. Ambigulous

    Visited some magnificent gardens in West Gippsland, as part of Gardivalia.

  8. Rosie Williams

    Glad other people had time off from politics- I spent the day setting up a pressure group! Citizens Against Rorting of Entitlements (CARE) has just launched on Facebook and has its own forum for planning and discussion.

    Do drop in and let me know what you think!

  9. zorronsky

    Thanks Paul, bit late in from helping a neighbour and running the dogs with the pushie, I”ll catch up with your links in the morning.

  10. Casey

    Now reading Geza Vermes, Christian Beginnings. From Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30-325. That I’m really enjoying, I suppose because its more where my head is at at the moment.

    I’m reading that too right now, Paul. He is concerned to situate Jesus within a Jewish tradition of what he calls, as you know, “charismatic Judaism” and he’s done a pretty stellar job of showing that to be the case. His scholarship made the Vatican change a few things, he’s pretty eminent (or was, he passed this year).

  11. Russell

    A couple of houses I cycle past each morning had their gardens open to raise money for charity – I always visit these things, as a chance to nose about in other people’s backyards. I can report that these two were perfectly respectable: everything under control. (I’m counting the Daturas as on the side of respectability – a lot of old gardens had them).

  12. paul burns

    Indeed. I gather he proved Razinger’s theology was wrong on one point – as you will probably have seen by now. Currently reading the chapter on Johanine Xanity.
    Paul, as I interpret Vermes, was running fast and loose with the truth, especially once he realised the Second Coming was indefinitely delayed. Vermes seems a little gentler on the Johanine Christology. A delight all round so far.
    Anyway, will get on with it tomorrow after I’ve knocked out a book review (on something else) that I’ve been putting off for a few weeks.

  13. paul burns

    Pagels, + all the Gnostic primary sources are now available for just over $68 AU.

  14. Helen

    I didn’t know it was Gardivalia; I’d organised my 92 year old mother’s birthday party celebration in the beautiful Doongalla Homestead picnic ground at the Basin/Mt Dandenong. That garden is perfectly exquisite and it’s situated in a patch of tall mountain ash – just beautiful. Some of us walked part of the way up the mountain so I could show an overseas visitor the lovely cool temperate forest. It was a perfect day.

    Doongalla is a favourite of mine. Taking the Channel 10 track (so called because the TV towers are located on the mountain), then the Kyeema track, you can walk all the way to the top, enjoy a latte and the view at the Sky High cafe then walk back down.