Study, scholarship…and religion

Throughout my school career, I always loved to read books and dig through them for information. Posing a question and looking through every source I could find was a powerful passion of mine and I enjoyed in ways that are hard to explain.

Somewhere along the way, I stopped doing that. I don’t know why. I would still read for pleasure and to study, but that sort of research seemed to become less important.

Now I’m back to it. Thanks to my work on the ADF Clergy Training Program I’m rediscovering my love of research and in-depth study. I’m working my way through a book called HEAVEN, HEROES, AND HAPPINESS which deals with common traits between Indo-European cultures as pertaining to social structure, government, mythology, religion, trade with other nations, craftwork, language, and burial customs. (There are other matters involved, but those are some of the most crucial.)

The current question facing me in the Study Program is the definition of what makes/made a culture Indo-European and how those factors shaped the way the people of that culture view themselves and the world.

It is so good to return to this passion. And even better to learn that it is even stronger than it used to be.Â

Posted on June 28th 2006 by James

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