Above: German artist Albrecht Durer was fascinated with the Apocalypse and war in heaven between good and bad angels.
Lately, I’ve been trying to work the NYTimes Crossword puzzles. While my sister can knock out the crosswords in no time, it takes me half a day. Of course I do other things while I am pretending to work the puzzle. I pick it up, try a word or two, then put it down again to make breakfast start a load of laundry, or water a houseplant. The Times must be aware of my predicament because they publish a mini crossword puzzle. I have the puzzle on my iPad. Thus, I can take it with me to doctor’s appointments, etc. and have no ink on my fingers.
I deduced the major reason the crossword puzzle is such a challenge for me is because I am ignorant when it comes to popular culture.
Yesterday, I finished Elaine Pagels, The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans and Heretics. I’ve read the book twice…it’s that good.
Pagels is a philologist at Princeton, a historian/linguist of the written word. If you know something about old sources such as the Bible, the Nag Hammadi Scrolls and the Qumran scrolls, you might enjoy the book. I’ve read several of her books and I love them.
People have been arguing about religion since the gitgo and thinking dualistically, as they call members of other groups Satan, demons, devils, and infidels. Will we ever learn?