Saturday, June 8, 2013

From Russia With Love...

We'll be leaving beautiful St. Petersburg* Monday afternoon.  
Our time here has been amazing.
Wednesday Sam spent some time in The Hermitage museum.
(I had to stay home - with a kind of 'bug' - ugh.) (I'm all better now.)

Here are just three of the pictures he took...
That is a beautiful hallway.... and it has a big sign: Do not take pictures!   (Ha.)

Now here's a staircase for ya...
For this picture Sam used the feature on his iPhone camera called 'panorama'.

This next picture is Rembrandt's "The Return of the Prodigal Son".
Some people have called it the 'greatest picture ever painted'.  Click HERE to read about it.  The second section of that Wikipedia entry titled "The Reception" is particularly interesting, I think.

Now here are some pictures I took at The National Pushkin Museum yesterday...
That last picture is of Catherine the Great.

I have lots more pictures, but well, I'll save them for maybe another day.


Different note: Today all the members of Sam's class (on "The Problem of Suffering as Addressed by Six World Religions") gave a seminar for the seminary and whomever wanted to attend.
It was absolutely wonderful.

One or two students presented each religion with slides, and talks, then asked for questions, and Sam gave summaries before going to the next religion, and well, it was great!  

Here are Igor and Natalya presenting Hinduism....
You can see Paulina is translating for Sam.

Here are Lena and Kate presenting Buddhism...

Then Vladislav and Laresa presented Islam.

Igor 2 presented Zoroastrianism.

Jura 1 and Jura 2  presented Judaism.

And Oleg and Elena presented Christianity.

Their pictures (the students) are on my May 28th's blog post.

The seminar lasted all day (with a break for lunch) and about 50 people attended.  Many questions were asked, and there was lots of discussion.  Though I couldn't understand anything, except when Sam spoke, I could feel the atmosphere - and it felt exciting.

At the very end of the seminar Sam said,
"Christianity has to answer the question of why does a loving God allow good people to suffer?
The atheist has to answer all the other questions.

A better question for why is there evil? ... is why is there anything?....
... why is there good?

I'll leave you with that.

*We are in St. Petersburg, Russia (May 23- June 10) where my husband Sam is a visiting lecturer at the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary.  He is teaching Hermenuetics (Principles for Interpreting the Bible) the first week and "The Problem of Suffering in Six World Religions (including Christianity)" the second week.


Laura said...

So good! I'm sure you are sad to leave, but I'm really do have you back. I want to come read by the pool!

Nancy said...

I'm looking so forward to your coming and reading by the pool!!!

And yes, it will be sad to say good-bye to these precious folks.

My hometown...

I am thinking of my hometown now. Mission, Texas. And McAllen, Texas. And Mercedes, Texas, where I was born. And Donna, Texas, so near there...