Wednesday, December 22, 2004

new books

over the past couple weeks i finished fight club, man's search for meaning, the rediscovery of the mind, and process theology: an introductory exposition as well as simone beauvoir's ethics of ambiguity which i was too busy to post about reading.

ender's game - orson scott card

up next on the reading list is does god have a future: a debate on divine providence by chris hall and john sanders (who was recently fired from huntington college for his open theology) and ender's game by orson scott card.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tyler--

    I liked Ender's Game a lot. After you finish it, you can either continue the Ender story or you can do what I did and go back & read the same story again in "Ender's Shadow" and follow that path. I am only now just getting back to reading the continuation of the Ender story, but I'm glad I decided to read it in the order I did (not in the order Card wrote them).

    On the Palahniuk front, I'm stuck about 2/3 the way through Lullaby and have gone off on a few biblical tangents generated by Jewish Bible scholar & Harvard professor James Kugel's "The Bible As It Was" and (the one I like better) "The God of Old." Both of these books--but especially "The God of Old"--try to get the reader to understand not so much "what are the scriptures saying to us TODAY, in the 21st Century," but "what did those people long ago think about what was written."

    Kugel especially got me intrigued by the apparent difference between the clearly more corporeal vision of God ("The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground," as God says to Cain, is a very physical description) and the "omniscient, omnipresent spirit-being" who seems to be written about later.

    I know that you have thought about this whole "omniscience" thing and the implications it might have on human agency, so you might be interested in taking a deeper look at these earliest written descriptions of God's interactions with man. In many ways I find them much more compelling than the "invisible" God who is too often described in many faiths today.

    This is all a bit heavy--but then you are obviously the type who uses his time off to think about his next book the way other guys plan their next ski vacation.

    Still, you need to kick back & enjoy yourself sometime, too. I wish you a very Happy Christmas!


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