I love my [LSA] job dearly.  Things I’ve done today: 

  • Coloured in a picture of a kitchen [Year 10]
  • Made pizza [Year 7]
  • Coloured in a picture of a map showing the population density of the UK [Year 9]
  • Learnt that a Year 7 girl can spell better than I can [humph]
  • Told Little L that he couldn’t leave Food Technology till he told me the name of the city I’d most like to visit before I get old [apparently it’s MooCow]

Yep, I love it.

At the weekend we watched Donnie Darko.  *Whoosh* –  Darn, I am so dense sometimes.  I didn’t understand the end.  Me is Simple folks.  But I did enjoy it immensely.  Despite being muddled.  Easily satisfied…  I’ll have to watch it again and mayhaps it won’t go over my head next time.

“To dare to question a received history is not easy.  It is difficult to believe that something that you have been told is true from childhood could actually be a product of falsification and fantasy.” 

Having completed The Subtle Knife I am now annoyed that The Blokey is still in possession of the third book in the Philip Pullman trilogy because it means that I can’t read it .  So whilst browsing through my bookcase last night seeking something to amuse or confound me I came across two books that I thought I might like to read.  One was The Book of God.  Basically it’s the Bible written in the style of a novel and I bought it because I was determined to read the Bible all the way through, but I got to about the middle and never finished it.  I don’t even know why I was determined to read it.  Especially as now I’m beginning to doubt its value as a piece of literature that enables us to see what the past was like.  This is due to this book …

It’s a book that I bought a couple of years ago when I was living in Norwich.  It discusses the fact that Jesus is not even a historical figure, much less the Son of God [something I find difficult to believe anyway] and is actually based on a mythical pagan god[man] called Dionysus.  They claim that Jesus was created by a Jewish Gnostic cult.  I started reading it last night and this time I hope to get past page fifty!  It’s compelling reading and I’m open to new theories and ideas anyways, simply because I have no idea what is correct and what is incorrect.  But it’s something else that just muddles my brain.  Last night I had the most irrelevant questions twirling in my head: If Jesus the historical figure didn’t exist and all the evidence about him from the time [even the ‘bad’ evidence such as the Romans and Jews claiming that he was an evil man who practised Black Magic] was made up by the early Christian Church, then doesn’t that mean that the whole concept of Christianity is based on untruths? – And if this is true then does it even matter because the Christian faith is so powerful for some people, and helps them to achieve such a sense of belonging and love, that it can only be a good thing anyways. 

And then I confuggled myself more by thinking about how I explain to the pupils in my classes that although I don’t know if Jesus was the Son of God I am convinced that he was a real historical figure, possibly a man who was very charismatic and obviously different to other men in society at the time because he was able to attract such a following at a time when people could be punished severely for disagreeing with the Law.  And so I decided that I’m probably telling the kids a pile of gook …  Oh joy. 

God Bless Colouring In xxx Elsabeth



  1. The Jesus Question is so complex…and I oscillate from one skewed view to another. Although i’m inclined to agree with C.S. Lewis – you either have to accept that he was the Son of God, or you have to come to terms with the fact that he was more than likely a schizophrenic egotist. (Lewis is highly adverse to calling Christ a nice man. Fair enough I suppose.)
    Historically, I imagine Jesus is a lot like King Arthur or Robin Hood (probably not analogy that would be looked upon kindly by the wider Christian community). I’m a medievalist myself, so have little direct knowledge of the historical Christ, yet it seems undoubtedly the case that there was a real man beneath the myth and legend. Elaboration and authorial elaboration is the bane of every historical source.
    Och…I’m getting into an entry in a note! I’ll stop…but if you’re interested in all this kind of stuff, particularly theories relating to the universal God-Man myths try Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, tis very convincing stuff.

  2. My 12yr old daughter is better at every academic study than me
    the things they teach them these days in school i learnt later on or not at all, plus they all have fancy names for the subject now, cookery, no food tech mother!! LOL

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