There are I think two ways in which this blog can go. The first is that I present my musings on my experiences in general as based on my life in seminary and my experiences in my classes themselves deriving some spiritual meaning from that. The second way is to present spiritual musings on my actual class material bringing the high concepts from the classroom into my own life. This second, for me, would be rather redundant seeing as I have discovered that the life of a seminarian is made up of short papers which are a reflection on the material in one page. While these are interesting, in their own way, they are not exactly the sort of thing which makes for interesting blog posts for subway walls or anywhere else. Therefore, the majority of my posts, I think, will and should be of the former sort where I allow my classroom education to inform and mold my experiences and interactions, viewing these theologically.
All this being said, however, it is of the latter sort out of which this post comes. For our readings in Church History, we are learning about one of the church fathers named, Irenaeus who lived in the early 3rd Century (200s). He wrote a fascinating work called, Against Heresies in which he argued, surprising, against heresies-namely those called Gnosticism and Marcionism. In his first book of AHhe presents this beautiful parable which I will paraphrase for you: Imagine that there is a mosaic of a King which is created out of many jewels all placed together. Someone comes along after the artist and destroys the picture, rearranging all of the stones so that now, instead of a King, they represent a fox. Now this man shows people this ugly picture of a fox and convinces them that it is in fact the picture of the King. The people having not seen the King for themselves believe the man and thus are led astray.