Thursday, August 25, 2011

Six Degrees of Sorts.

All of my classes relate to one another. I'm taking this European Union (EU) class, the European Union is a supranational organization in which member countries cede sovereignty, synonymous with highest power and self-governing states. This giving up of ultimate power and having to cooperate with legislation that states may not have necessarily agreed with is the very principle that governs most US interaction. States historically do not cede power without great benefits.

Because member states of the EU are by nature democracies this will fall under my second class, Comparative Political Institutions of Democracy. Comparative political institutions will discuss democracies and their various institutions, for member states of the EU this will mean we will study how the EU functions as a political institution outside the borders and how EU institutions supercede the authorities of these democracies.

Because we are studying institutions of democracies one form of an institution are International Organizations, which brings us to my third class. Formally in this class we will learn how International Organizations, representative of many nations, interact with states in the international political system. Informally in this class I will learn how to learn from a professor with an incredibly hard to understand accent.. and i tend to be very good at understanding accents.
Which brings me to my fourth class, African Literature, which is ultimately usually a critique of the effects of European Colonization and Partitioning of Africa, all of which are done by the very governments and organizations we are studying in my other class and also taught by a professor with an accent, but one that is much easier to decipher. Aside from the actions of governments to colonize and partition Africa much europeanization occurred via Christian Missionaries in the various regions of the continent.

Which brings me to my final class, Prophets of the Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible. Which studies the word of God and even the very prophecies that Christian Missionaries believe were fulfilled by the birth and death of Jesus Christ, whom they believe as the Son of God and follow his words. Which were, "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Mt 24:14) and "Truly I say to you , wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman [Mary] has done [gave all she had to anoint Jesus' body for his burial] will also be spoken of in memory of her." (Mk 14:9) Which explains what they were doing over there in African Lit, influencing others around them and bringing with them accents, which are easier to understand than the English-Chinese accents that teach about International Organizations, such as the European Union, that function as insitutions of democracy, that comparatively have nothing on the government of the Kingdom of Heaven, of which these christian missionaries claim citizenship. Missions exist because Worship doesn't, in the words of John Piper.

Therefore this semester all my classes point to Jesus, who is Sovereign. (which as you should remember means He supercedes the European Union, that supercedes European Democracies, which supercedes people.)

See what I mean.

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