My poor, poor blog. I’m 4 1/2 years into this thing, and only 35 countries deep. And don’t even get me started thinking about the foodie side of the coin: I’m 12 or 13 countries behind even my slow literary progress…
And now I’m getting all crazy and throwing something else into the mix: Religion.
I’m a Buddhist. Have been in some form or another for coming on 30 years now (what?????). I was raised Catholic, but the words that seem to inspire so many in my culture never, ever resonated with me. I loved Greek Mythology as a child, and I went from there…
As an adult, I have to admit I’m worn out by the battles over belief, both figurative and literal. I’m tired of hearing words written ages ago, by people that I have zero connection to, being cherry-picked, interpreted seemingly at-will, and used to justify horrible things.
So. I’m going to read those words myself. As stated above, my natural inclination is towards a more Eastern-based spiritual life. I’m 100% comfortable with that, and it works very well for me.
I’m not shopping for a new path.
What I am looking for is Understanding. Information. Knowledge.
I will attempt to find it by reading the major texts of the Abrahamic religions, since they are the ones kicking up all of the dust lately. The schedule will be:
- January 2016 – February 2016
- Judaism: The Tanakh
- March 2016 – April 2016
- Christianity: The Bible
- May 2016 – June 2016
- Islam: The Quran
I will view them as works of literature and articles of faith. I will engage these ancient texts in a respectful, open-hearted way, and if all I can walk away with at the end is a greater understanding of the beliefs of billions of people…well, I win don’t I?
I will NOT be reviewing them, because really, what’s the point in that?
I’ll also be catching up on the cooking I’ve not done for my previous countries, which will be awesome fun. And maybe throw in some menus from the cultures that were around when these books were written…
In July, my earth-bound travels will re-commence.
Please join me in this adventure of discovery and learning, if the spirit moves you!