Slept 9:15 to 6:15,

June 23, 2003


Slept 9:15 to 6:15, just under 9 hours. I feel pretty good. No naps today, and minimal caffeine, and lets hope I can get to bed at a reasonable time tonight.

To do today:
bank run
farm stand
coffee run
dry cleaning
exercise
and write write write

I am once again revising the beginning to chapter 4. I really don't want to be doing this again so soon, I wanted to work on something else. But, the beginning is terrible and needs revision.

I had a good reminder last night while falling asleep. The key to controversies is process; controversies continue over an extended period of time, and while individual controversies have consequences the extended process of controversy does ... something.

Now I need to get a better handle on what that "something" is. Perhaps: Controversies formed an extended discourse about religious groups and civil society; they indicated what was possible and what was expected of any religious group. Beyond these civil questions, controversies also handled doctrines and practices. Again, there was unity in diversity, for while religious groups differed on salvation, and free will, and the nature of Christ, they agreed on the nature of knowledge, on how we make sense of the world, and that there were meaningful and permanant definitions.

That last is both trite and repeats the point that whats-his-name made about the Owen-Campbell debates about the Bible. I like the notion of controversies as a process, I need to think more about what that process means.

And so to work.

Posted by Red Ted at June 23, 2003 08:21 AM | TrackBack