The Gospel Writers

This submission is a response to an existing submission: 
UCL department: 
Area supervisor for Facility Services.

Sam came in to see what the bus was about. He wanted to be taken to Trafalgar Square. Instead, we got him to list types of writers (the case notes are written on a typewriter):

"Fiction writers, playwrights, travel writers, comedy writers, sitcom writers, comic writers, mythmakers (collective writers of oral history), sports writers, history writers, biographers, Gospel writers."

We had been looking for a contribution that would deal with religious subjects. Here, amongst a list of types of writers, flippantly suggested by myself as some kind of quirky aside to the fact that the notes are written on one, we had stumbled accross our Project theologian.

"Gospel writers: there are 12 of them. Moses, Paul, James, John, Timothy, Luke, Issiah, Esther, Peter, Malachi, Joshua, Matthew. Matthew is my favourite as he wrote about Jesus Christ himself."

Sam listed some of the stories and lessons in Matthew that he liked best, and every one of them seemed to be about Object Retrieval, somehow.

" - The bread and fishes: making one item into a feast for thousands.
- He explained how important it is that you don't worry about what you eat and drink; it is what you give to the world, what comes out of you that counts.
- Also he taught us to tolerate others' choices. 'Judge not, that you be not judged.' If you don't want to eat cow, or pig, that's fine, but you cannot judge someone who does."

We discussed how the Gospel writers present different points of view of the same event, and explored the differences (and similarities) between scientific and religious approaches to problems such as climate change. Sam pointed out that as well as presenting a varied experience of an event, the Gospel writers use this opportunity to outline teachings on morality.

Both the Gospel writers and Object Biographers also outline visions of the future.

For visions of the future in Object Retrieval see:
"Scrap Book Challenge"
"The Museum or the Object as Portal"
"Towards a futurology of the object"
"What do objects do? A material and visual culture perspective."