Thread: What are you reading?
March 19th 2003, 12:56 PM #16
Water Touching Stone, by Eliot Patterson
and Strategy, by Liddell HartMeh.
March 19th 2003, 01:08 PM #17
The Once and Future King by TH White
God, Time, and Knowledge by William Hasker
The Only Wise God by William Lane CraigFor true conversion, click here.
March 19th 2003, 03:37 PM #18
"Yes, I'm quite concerned about health care issues surrounding leaked radiation from Japan. Now, please pass me my super sized, bacon double cheeseburger, combo meal..."
- John Adams
- The Spritual autobiography of Jimmy Carter
- Adolescent Spirituality by Shelton
- The Way of the Heart Henri J.M. Nouwen
- Current issues of The Atlantic Monthly & Newsweek
- Various Archie Comics
When I was young I admired clever people. Now that I'm older I admire kind people.~Rabbi Abraham Heschel
My most recent faith struggle is not one of intellect. I don't really do that anymore. Sooner or later you just figure out there are some guys who don't believe in God and they can prove He doesn't exist, and some other guys who can prove He does exist, and the argument stopped being about God a long time ago and now it's about who is smarter, and honestly, I don't care. ~ Don Miller Blue Like Jazz
March 19th 2003, 04:09 PM #19
I'm reading A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
I'm on #7 in the series, The Ersatz Elevator.
I'm not sure what's on deck. Usually I have several books going at once. I'm re-reading Lem's The Star Diaries off and on, and I'm eager to read something new by McGrath or Moreland.
I rotate between fiction, theology, and nonfiction, with a smattering of children's books tossed in to help maintain my sense of wonder.Capt. Ochre
"I am so confused."
--mossrose, summing up the mission of Theologyweb
"If he does remove a John Powell quote, I do have a suggestion."
"In no possible worlds would a Trout quip ever appear in a Captain Ochre sig."
--LGM, referring to the impossibility of this signature line
"I never doubted for a moment that you had what it takes!"
--LGM, congratulating Trout on accomplishing the impossible
March 19th 2003, 04:43 PM #20
I don't rotate, I read at least 3 books at the same time, not including school books.
I generally try to have one theological/spiritual and one fiction going at least. I have found that reading fiction makes me a better writer.For true conversion, click here.
March 19th 2003, 08:45 PM #21
Oo, oo, me, me!!
FWIW, I've started a TW on-line Journal which I'm basically using as a place to talk about what I'm reading (or have recently read, for starters). Like Jaltus, I generally have three or so books going on at once, although I don't necessarily try to stick to categories. Right now I've got two fiction (one adventure fiction reprint, one new fantasy) and one autobiography (Twain) going. I also read a lot of history, a little mystery (generally one a year now--whenever the newest Robert Goddard comes out!), some religion, some science and the occasional sci-fi.
Check it out (and, ahem, push my Journal to the top of the Most Views list!).
The (not that I'm immodest or anything ) CurtmudgeonThe Reverend Earl Curtmudgeon the Sanguine of Frogging over Womble. (Peculiar Titles)
Thanx, JPH, for the avatar. Thanx, Muz, for the new tag-line. Thanx, Kelp, for the AotM nomination.
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March 22nd 2003, 01:35 AM #22
"All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren and "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison.
March 22nd 2003, 07:25 AM #23"All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warrenהִנֵּה מַה־טּוֹב וּמַה־נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם־יָחַד
March 26th 2003, 12:28 PM #24Thanks for your patience in the thread's I have previously committed myself to. Things are still difficult and topsy-turvy here, and I may actually start work somewhere this week (strong likelihood), so I'll do my best to answer some of those threads! See you in the forums...
When even our Christian leadership has committed to a strategy of compromising on "Do not murder" by supporting judges [like Alito], politicians [like Bush] and rulings that explicitly will kill certain innocent children, it is absurd for us to ask God to bless America. -- Bob Enyart, 1/18/06
March 28th 2003, 08:56 AM #25
The Revolutionary War by Gordon S. Wood and the Jewish Revolt (war?) by Josephus.
Followed by the Diamond Age or the new Harry Potter book if I can find a copy!
NickIt's odd how one's memories of youth turn out so bleak. Why does the business of growing up - one's recollections of growth itself - have to be so tragic? I still haven't found the answer. I doubt if anyone has. When I finally reach thar stage at which the placid wisdom of old age, with the dry clarity that comes toward autumn's end, occasionally descends on a person, then I too may suddenly discover that I too understand. But I doubt whether, by that time, understanding will have much point. ~Yukio Mishima
March 28th 2003, 09:47 AM #26
I am reading Freak's new book, "Exploring The Unknown, The Strange, And The Supernatural" by Jay Bartlett.
March 28th 2003, 10:03 AM #27
I would be curious to read freaks book, but I'd feel bad, because I suspect his "exorcism" in the long run leader to nothing but bigger therapy bills for the afflicted.Meh.
March 28th 2003, 10:46 AM #28
I'm reading Chosen but Free: A Balanced View of Divine Election., by Norman GeislerWhere is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?- Henry Ward Beecher
"I agree fully with all Faramir has said" - Dee Dee Warren
“Duty…is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things…. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less.” -- Robert E. Lee
March 28th 2003, 08:56 PM #29
My reading since December.
1976 “The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion” New Haven:Yale University Press
Very academic book, but Jacobsen is very academic. He is also quite sensitive to the religious experience, and recognizes that this is a powerful emotional responce which can motivate many.
2000 “Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others. Revised” Oxford: Oxford University Press
Read this to see the the best Engilsh translations of the texts that Jacobsen writes about. Her introductions and footnotes are wonderful.
Finkelstein, Israel, Neil Silberman
2001 “The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts” New York: The Free Press
Read this last. It is the ultimate refutation of the kind of 'archaeological "proof" of the literal fraud found in Ron Wyatt, or Ralph Muncaster's piffel.
Friedman, Richarrd Elliott
1987 “Who Wrote the Bible” New York:Harper and Row (Paperback Edition)
Friedman's book is very close to a culmination of 200 years of "higher criticism," and a must read before “The Bible Unearthed: ..." I wish that Friedman had also traced the bible's origins all the way back to Mesopotamia. Instead, he stays hermetically sealed inside the biblical text. Nor does he consider the New Testement at all.
Numbers, Ronald L.
1993 “The Creationists: The Evolution of Scientific Creationism” Berkeley:University of California Press
So, where do all these creationist distortions of the Bible and of science come from? Who were the semiliterate founders of the creationist cult? Numbers is achingly fair and even handed. Every creationist needs to read this book. Numbers stops just before the appearence of the "intelligent design creationism."
2002 “Writings from the Ancient World Vol. 10: Ritual and Cult at Ugarit”
Atlanta:Society of Biblical Literature
Parker, Simon, et al
1997 “Writings from the Ancient World Vol. 9: Ugarit Narrative Poetry” Atlanta:Society of Biblical Literature
Too few Jews/Christians/Muslims know that the Cannanite city Ugarit is the source for much of their religion. Read Parker and Pardee to see much of the Bible in the original.
An easy read URL on Ugarit and the Bible:
Spong, John Shelby
1992 "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism" New York:HarperCollins
OK, so you read the books above, and now you know that "funadamentalism" is not only a failure when dealing with scientific reality, but it is a gross distortion of the Bible, and history. What do you do now? Spong doesn't give the background like the other books I recommend, but he does give Christians a positive direction. This is to start with the teaching of Yeshua."To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
--Theodore Roosevelt , May 7, 1918
To be a patriot, one had to say, and keep on saying, "Our country, right or wrong," and urge on the little war. Have you not perceived that that phrase is an insult to the nation. Mark Twain, "Glances at History," 1906
March 28th 2003, 08:58 PM #30
I am presently and almost done reading Clark Pinnock's
Most Moved Mover
A Theology Of God's OpennessHave you the brain worms?!
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