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i r a snake!

I think I've pimped my buddy chadu here before, but not in quite some time. He's a fabulous game designer, whose RPG system, Dead Inside, E and I were honored to play test. You should stop by good 'ol Something Positive to see the cool ad Randy drew for Chad's game Monkey, Ninja, Pirate, Robot.

I confess that I neglected to wear green today. But you know what? I'm a Pagan. And, in case you didn't know, those "snakes" Patty was driving out were euphemistic snakes (note cheezy icon, thrown together in Paint). Mind you, I'm delighted for a day in which to listen to the Pogues and celebrate the richness of Irish culture. And while I might prefer to do it on Brigid's Day, I don't suppose I'm going to be convincing the crew to move our annual pub crawl to Imbolc. So I'll go have a pint at Iota tonight, in the spirit of inter-faith fellowship.


Mar. 17th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
More stuff!


It seems that many scholars think that the "snakes" aren't pagans, but heretics (as Pelagians, aka "serpents"). Interesting.

Then I saw this article (note: annoying sliding ad box on one side):

Some highlights:

And the fact that we know anything about him at all is as great a miracle as any that later traditions ascribe to him. For Patrick is literally the only individual we know from fifth-century Ireland or England. Not only do no other written records from Britain or Ireland exist from that century, but there are simply no written records at all from Ireland prior to Patrick's.


Patrick's enslavement as an adolescent had to have been a critical factor in the development of his unique attitude toward the Irish. Even in captivity, he must have come to know them as human, hence, deserving of the gospel. This set the stage for his call to convert them.


Had he never been kidnapped, it seems quite likely that it would have been decades, probably centuries, before Ireland was converted. It certainly would not have been in a position to "save civilization," as Cahill so dramatically puts it in his book, when the Roman Empire crumbled and literacy was lost—lost, that is, by all but the Irish monasteries planted by Patrick and his successors.


Not surprisingly, his own experience in captivity left Patrick with a virulent hatred of the institution of slavery, and he would later become the first human being in the history of the world to speak out unequivocally against it.


Women find a great advocate in Patrick. Unlike his contemporary, St. Augustine, to whom actual women seemed more like personifications of the temptations of the flesh than persons, Patrick's Confession speaks of women as individuals.


Elsewhere, he lauds the strength and courage of Irish women: "But it is the women kept in slavery who suffer the most—and who keep their spirits up despite the menacing and terrorizing they must endure. The Lord gives grace to his many handmaids; and though they are forbidden to do so, they follow him with backbone." He is actually the first male Christian since Jesus, Cahill says, to speak well of women.


It is also significant, O'Donoughue says, that "the voices in the dream do not ask for preaching or baptism but only that Patrick as one specially endowed should come back and share their lives, come and walk once more with them." In other words, at least according to his recollections decades later, Patrick wasn't commanded to bring civilization or salvation to the heathens. He was invited to live among them as Christ's witness.


As a result, Cahill says, "The early Irish Christianity planted in Ireland by Patrick is much more joyful and celebratory [than its Roman predecessor] in the way it approaches the natural world. It is really not a theology of sin but of the goodness of creation, and it really is intensely incarnational."



Mar. 17th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Huh. How 'bout that. Will read further when time permits. Gracias.
Mar. 17th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Sorry again about the spammery!

Mar. 17th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
Always thought SPD was a crap holiday anyway...::grumble grumble grumble::

**Everybody** knows it's all a lie made up by those little, grey guys from Roswell whose existence the goverment insists on continuing to try to cover up...



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