Yes, it's slow going reading through the Bible. I'm almost regretting reading through both versions of the book, but not because I'm being challenged, but rather I'm getting more frustrated. I'd tried to study the Bible before, at least half a dozen times. I didn't really have good questions to ask a pastor or anything … Continue reading #092–What is it that allows some people to dismiss modern facts in favor of the Bible without question?
First of all: This re-reading the Bible thing is going to take a LOOOONNNNG time. I'm not even halfway through Genesis and I've already got about 10 pages of notes and questions. Yes, I'm taking the Bible for what it is, reading it in order. All I can say is I'm remembering why I got … Continue reading Sunday, Boring Sunday: God, Guns, Family, Friends, & Paranoia… I’ve had enough.
My Copy: 9780760726242 (image scanned by me) Sheesh, all these classics and I aren't getting along very well. Considering I've got some Irish in me, I'm a little miffed that I couldn't get into this one. I tried four times over the past month, re-read the introduction twice, and then when it came down to … Continue reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
I'm asking for it, I know--posting a religious question on a Sunday of all days, but when the question won't go away, it just won't. The whole "prosperity gospel" thing's been stewing in my mind for weeks (and years) and I finally just had to do some digging. Well, I've had the same opinion about … Continue reading #053–Does God prefer cash, check or credit card?: or, why the prosperity gospel bugs the hell out of me.
My Copy: 9780664262679 (image from amazon.com) Somewhere in the examples of family, friends, and churches, I've found myself not looking at Christianity as terribly relevant to me for over a decade. But this book is making me take another chance on Christianity--and myself--to find the good and spiritual. A Bigger Table is a fantastic read … Continue reading A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, by John Pavlovitz
My Copy: 9781435108424 (image from bn.com) A Treatise on Tolerance is a conglomeration of letters and pamphlets Voltaire wrote after the brutal public execution of Jean Calas, a Protestant accused of murdering his son because he supposedly decided to become a Catholic (though later information and what was given at Calas' trial makes this reasoning … Continue reading A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire
My Copy: 092567100750 (image from goodreads.com) I would consider this a useful basic guide, full of the good photos that LIFE magazine's been known for. Anybody who wants the very-condensed "for dummies" version of how the three major religions got their start and how they're all mixed together in the holy lands should at least … Continue reading Holy Lands: One Place Three Faiths, by the editors of LIFE