I have wanted to write here for a long time. I pay for this blog and I have been neglecting it. It seems an odd thing to do for someone like me – I have a lot of things to say.
I have been working on my writing in private and I have also been doing a lot of research primarily on the history of women, women’s lives, and religion. Most recently, I have been fascinated by the lives of nuns. The concept of faith has rung loudly in my ears. Nuns seem to have this faith and I can’t put my finger on it. Is it the joy, the simplicity, the trust in god? So more research ensues.
I know it’s an odd topic but I love it. Religion fascinates me because it is so ugly and so beautiful simutaneously. It creates odd feelings inside of me. I recently found this paper I wrote in my old bible case. It was a page with a list of questions discussing my being “saved” and “accepting” of Christ. It was weird reading it now. I haven’t thought about god that way in a very long time – the concept of god changed for me before I hit my 20s and I have never really discussed to anyone except for my husband since. I am not sure if I will dive deeper on that topic in a public space, but I may someday.
If you wan to watch something interesting (and not about nuns), I recommend watching Jesus Camp which is currently on Canadian Netflix. This documentary gives insight into a christian (pentecostal) summer camp. Basically, children are taught to be soldiers of god (political soliders) and they discuss faith, sin, evolution, and abortion issues. There is a lot of fear feeding to children and I admit, it is a bit frightening. Let me know if you have watched this documentary and how you felt about it.
I have a few essays regarding my research I hope to post soon. Until then, please leave me a comment if you have any suggestions on books, articles, or documentaries to watch pertaining to religion, women, nuns, or anything interesting! I would be most grateful.