Friday, November 5, 2010
There is no hiding from them!
Sadly, this was not to be. While I was registering for the conference, a man approached me and handed me the sheet of paper you can see on the picture. The typewritten story told me how he had been "saved" by God in 1994, and how his life consequently got so much better. The paper then proceeded to offer me advice on which version of the Bible to read, how to pray, how to seek forgiveness for my sins, and how to listen to tapes of the Scripture in my car. Furthermore, the paper encourages me to "get baptized in water as a public confession of your new faith and new life in God." Then, the author of the paper states that he realizes all this "may seem hard to understand right now" (because we, the academics, are notoriously stupid) and so he offers his phone number to let me get in touch and ask him questions about Jesus.
I kind of hoped that at least at a scholarly conference I will be free from badgering by religious fanatics. It isn't like I go to their prayer meetings distributing reading lists and suggestions on how to educate themselves and become less stupid. So why can't they leave me in peace to enjoy my scholarly activities without being condescended to by yet another sorry fanatic?
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Posted by Clarissa at 2:30 PM