Bright Fog (Fall Morning)


the views were spectral, but i was unable to catch with the camera just how bright the light was caught up in a thick mass of fog this morning on rt 81 driving south somewhere between Syracuse and Binghamton.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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3 Responses to Bright Fog (Fall Morning)

  1. dmf says:

    hey zjb, was just at a talk by some visiting profs who wanted politicians to only refer to the Bible in keeping with their own academic secular historicist/reconstructive readings and as I was making a point as to how they wanted to exclude language/views from our politics in the name of inclusion this guy (and that the arguments they were making about biblical hermeneutics applied equally to their own literalism/certainties about the Constitution) started to rant about how people fear death and so turn to irrational/religious modes of understanding and I asked him to wait his turn as that was a separate point and the speakers hadn’t yet replied and he stormed off only to return a while later to interject that the Hebrew bible was evil and thank god for the new testament and the traditions of interpretation before he wa off again and i when asked someone who knew him if he was serious she said yes but it was ok cuz he’s jewish…

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      • dmf says:

        yeah it was a real wtf moment, here’s a quote from his university website “a liberal arts education is our best weapon against ignorance … students are going to go out and make decisions about life and love. Everything in the human situation is rooted in variations on three themes: food, sex, and death. Whether it’s a decision to slaughter animals, to drink alcohol, to what we do in the bedroom, to what we are willing to die for—from the table to the bedroom to the grave, nothing in our modern, technological world has changed this. That’s why ancient texts like the Hebrew Bible are still relevant.”
        guess that’s Jewish/biblical studies here in the heartland

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