Posted: May 08, 2016 4:31 am
by Agrippina
Last night at a party, I got into a discussion of my work with someone who asked me about "what caused the big bang". I'm not really qualified to give a technical response to that, but I did counter it with a question "what do you think caused it?" to which she responded with "Goddidit". I asked her who created God. If God created the universe just for humans, so they could die and come to live with him in heaven, why did he make the entire universe, and who created him. She went away, then came back later to ask if I'd be prepared to meet her son, who's a theologian to discuss my books, and then said it was a good answer, and that she'd not ever thought about that: "who created God?"

Also, someone else overheard the conversation, then approached me to ask if I'd be prepared to deliver a talk about the Pentateuch to a group of people who meet on a regular basis to hear speakers on all sorts of subjects. She said she was the organiser and convenor of the meetings, and that she would like to fit me into a slot early next year. It's forty minutes with slides and in a semi-formal setting, so I was quite chuffed about that. I'll learn more when she contacts me again, but even if it doesn't happen, for whatever reason, it was flattering to be asked to do it.