RE: [mythsoc] Re: Landscape With Dragons revisited
- JEF: And, for all practical purposese, that term might be applied to any
that has a fixed and unchanging canon of scripture and that does not
believe in any authority outside of that scripture.
JH: I think you nailed the operative word-authority. Even in this
fascinating discussion, some are appealing to an unspoken, *defacto*
authority that suggests that filtering all experience through an
unchangeable set of religious texts-fundamentalism-is wrong, a problem,
or not the best way to think. Where can I find that authority? Reason?
If the answer is reason, could there be such a thing as "fundamentalist
Had Lewis or Chesterton lived longer, or later in the 20th century, I
wonder how they might have addressed that question.
The longer I live it seems to me that all of us embrace various belief
systems (or non-belief systems) for complex, competing, and often
non-rational (not irrational) reasons. Humans are far more complicated
than the systems of belief they (including me) embrace. That stopped
bothering me a long time ago.
Perhaps listening to others-including fundamentalists-is the best way
through all of this. But then, I guess that I am appealing to some
authority to believe that listening to others-including
fundamentalists-is a good thing. Life is full of irony, no?
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- Hello fellows:
I've been off-list for some time. One reason is that
I've been looking after an early Mythopoeic personage,
Jon Lackey. He was the producer of the "Greater
Trumps" masque that was mounted at
the second Mythcon in 1971. He had been in ill health
for much of this previous year.
I'm sorry to report that he passed away on February
26th of cancer.
He was an enormous influence on my life, as well as
many others. He was involved with the very
first campaign to produce a film of "Rings" in 1957.
A major contributor to the SCA, LASFS, a tutor and
mentor to many, RenFair performer, artist, sculptor,
costumer, composer, and so much more.
Please pass this information on to anyone who might
have known him, and have them contact me
as regards a planned memorial.
Bonnie S. Callahan