Babylon Rising, Chapter 7, Part 1
After a couple of short chapters, this one will take a couple of parts, because it is almost nothing except Tim LaHaye Michael Murphy lecturing on Biblical archeology.
But LaHaye and Dinallo aren’t even going to let Mike walk to the classroom without emphasizing how much of a Macho Manly Man of Manliness he is:
“As he walked purposefully toward Memorial Lecture Hall B, Michael Murphy looked like an unlikely academic…you could tell from his measured, economical stride, the callused hands, and faint scars that neatly highlighted his handsome features that this was no ivory-tower dweller.”
They really can’t help themselves, can they? It’s like a compulsion: any mention of academics or universities must contain the phrase “ivory tower.” I just feel bad for all those other professors at Preston, who don’t walk with purpose or measure their stride with economy.
Mike is a tad worried (but in a manly way) because he thinks no one’s going to show up at his (apparently only) class: Biblical Archeology and Prophecy. He takes a moment from striding economically to bless the alumni who have requested more “Bible-based” courses. And to obsess over his arch-nemesis. No, not Methuselah. This is a new one: Dean Archer Fallworth.
Dean Fallworth (as if you couldn’t tell from his name) is Eeeevil. He thinks Murphy’s Biblical archeology is “neither worthy science nor credible history.” And he has committed the worst of all sins, one he shares with Methuselah: he has made “several veiled comments” that Murphy finds “antireligion.”
But we know that Fallworth will prove to be a buffoonish villain, not a deadly one like Meth, because his most recent paper was, “Button Materials of the 18th-Centory Georgia Plantations.”
Okay, I’m a huge nerd, I know, but I would totally read that paper.
Murphy muses that he’ll “liven up” his lecture by showing footage from his cable TV specials and pictures of his own finds. So, we have a little glimpse into the kind of professor Mike is—the kind that can’t teach a class without dragging in his own pet research projects, regardless of how well they fit the actual course.
Which brings up an interesting question: if you were a student at Preston, would you take Michael Murphy’s course? I am of two minds on this one, as you’ll see when Mike starts preaching lecturing.