Course Final for Mystic Christianity
Rev/Dr Ron Boucher To say this course was an eye opener and thought provoking is too vast an understatement. I don't think I could have taken a course like this at a more appropriate time in history. You can not just see change (just take a peek into the White House), but you can feel the spirit of change sweeping throughout this country and the world as people start becoming more open to new ideas that we should all be equal and have the same opportunities and freedoms. This course has given me a new perspective on not just Christianity, but religion as a whole. It started with lesson one with it's lesson on Adam and Eve, and kept going through the end of lesson 26 with a lesson on the end of "a" world, not "the" world. I venture to state that even though the lessons have ended, the process of critical thinking that she has taught has not and that, I believe, is the mark of a true teacher. Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day, teach them to fish and you feed them for life. I really believe that this has just started my exploration into not just Christianity, but Gnostic works and other spiritual processes. I can understand the early Christian church and it's desire to keep believers from discovering too much, but I wonder how they narrowed down all of the books they considered until they arrived at what we now call the Bible. In this process, what has been lost and may never be reclaimed? Had it not been for the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi finds, we may never have found the truth. Especially concerning the women of the Bible. While I understand the early Church and it's needs to compete with other religions of the time incorporating Virgin birth, I will never understand the need to take a woman who was probably the greatest disciple and turn her into a simple prostitute. This course shines the light of truth on the standard Church product and shows just how much spin was put into the packaging. I deeply respect Mother Maryesah Karelon and would take another of her courses in a heartbeat. She is concise, factual and well read. Her texts are footnoted with a variety of books that tend to show a way for the student to go out and check more than just her footnotes. Her lesson ending questions tend to keep one digging even after the lesson is over. I would rate this as one of the top two courses I have taken at the Seminary. Rev. Ron Boucher, D.D.