The staff of Section XIII pulls out Enrico’s Christmas present – a biblical board game – and plays a round, re-enacting the founding and early spread of Christianity. Of course, they can’t resist updating the gameplay with a little modern-day Christian competition.
(Joke blatantly purloined from Foxtrot.) Vatican City, last Christmas, 10:38 PM. Alex: Enrico got me bayonets… Heinkel got me bayonets, Yumiko and Yumie got me bayonets… You know, I might actually be able to finish a fight with Alucard with these! Heinkel: Merry Christmas, Alex.
There was, in fact, a whole lot of religious hooplah and several hours of church service involved in the Section XIII celebration of Christmas. But frankly, that stuff was boring, so we’ve skipped right to the presents. Yumie: This next one’s for you, boss. From Yumiko. Enrico: This means you have to put the glasses… Continue reading The Journeys of Paul 2/24
My mom actually got that game for Christmas. Yumiko (thinking): I never should have let Yumie choose our outfit… Enrico: A board game? “The Journeys of Paul”… Erin: Freeze frame! Confused? Don’t worry. I’ve got an extended version of Mom’s Theology Corner, coming right up.
The relevant chapter of Acts. . . . Okay, so the Roman Empire isn’t doing the persecution yet. My mistake. It’s still mainly the Jewish elders, trying to crack down on this upstart minority faction within their religion. (Saul’s a Pharisee, a group probably best known today for having Jesus call them hypocrites.) Mom: In… Continue reading The Journeys of Paul 4/24
…I just like drawing Sparkly Jesus. Saul fell to the ground, then heard a voice… Jesus: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?
Disclaimer: The real Bible does not have sparkly shounen-ai vibes. (Most of the time.) Saul: W-who are you? Jesus: I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you need to do. Mom: In Damascus, Saul met with some disciples of Christianity and was… Continue reading The Journeys of Paul 6/24
Mom: Jesus had been Jewish, and most Christians of the time were converted Jews. The other disciples were wary of trying to convert gentiles (non-Jews). But God had chosen Paul to spread the word to gentiles, and spread it he did. Over the course of 3 missionary journeys, Paul traveled all over Greece and Asia… Continue reading The Journeys of Paul 7/24
For the record, I’m a Pastafarian. Erin: My favorite lines of Paul’s are found in his letter to the Romans, chapter 14: “Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. I know and am persuaded in the… Continue reading The Liberal Tolerance of Paul
Heinkel: All right, how do we play? Enrico: Let’s see. [wall of text] …Okay, let’s just figure it out as we go along.
Enrico: We all start out in Tyre; we’re all Christians with our own versions of doctrine. The goal: to found the most churches by the time one of us gets to Rome. Yumiko: But there’s only one true doctrine. How do we know which one of us has it? Heinkel: That’s easy. It’s whoever wins.