I've made good on one of my New Year's Resolutions and enrolled in a class at UNC. Philosophy of Religion.
It's me and a bunch of undergraduates. When I arrived at the first class I think they thought I was the Professor and I was so tempted to see if I could run with it. At times, I'm blown away by the sophistication of the students. At other times I find their mindset maddening. I wonder what a thirty-something would have made of my college classes.
Anyway, we've been talking about arguments for the existence of God. Cosmological arguments specifically. My favorite argument belongs to Bertrand Russell - "The universe is just there and that's all."
We were discussing problems or shortcomings of other arguments. I started thinking about missionaries, spreading the word and showing/sharing God's love, passing it onto your children/next generation -- you know, those who want to bring others (skeptics, non-believers, whomever) into the fold.
Then I thought about my own reaction to the arguments and my reaction was "I just don't buy it." The minute the word "buy" entered my mind I started thinking about advertising.
So when the question of issues with the arguments came up I raised my hand and said something alone the lines of "That's just not a very good tag-line."
I wonder if the students found me maddening.
He-He! Stupid comments from me in class aside, I'm loving it. I love just walking on the college campus. For one thing, drivers are so respectful of pedestrians. The real highlight so far is really the enrichment & stimulation. And challenge. I've never taken a Philo or Religion class and the readings are not anything like my usual literature. Lastly, I'm getting a Philosophy tool-kit (learning more about logic, constructing arguments) that will make me more convincing (or annoying) in day to day discussions.