05 August 2007

Jesus Camp

Not long ago I watched the documentary Jesus Camp. It was less gripping than I had hoped, based on the subject-matter and the advance publicity. Still, it had its moments.

At the titular camp, there was a scene in which the young campers were discussing Harry Potter. Their elders had warned them against Potter -- even fiction about wizards is evil, of course. We see that one camp counsellor even warned them against telling each other ghost stories in their bunks.

But, kids being kids, they start discussing Harry Potter among themselves anyway, and one child says that his parents are separated. When he's with Dad (apparently the more permissive one) he gets to watch the HP movies.

Good for him. Good for Dad.

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Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.