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Discussion in 'Non-Fiction Books' started by ramius, Nov 6, 2002.
Heavens no! I can't even save myself.
I'm sorry to be boring, but I didn't :lol:
The book itself was really interesting as I didn't know much behind the writing of the gospels and now have a fuller knowledge of that, but the arguments employed were quite shaky and had numerous holes. Their justification of why a caring, good God would send people to hell was especially weak, and that's one of the problems that I would have to overcome before I could ever consider converting.
I reached the same conclusion when I read, God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer by Bart D. Ehrman.
I've lost all my religious/spiritual faith and I think I'm now at the point of no return.
Thanks for the recommendation! I'm taking a Philosophy of Religion course this semester, and I've been trying to get my hands on good non-fiction in the area of religion. I find it fascinating.
Cross-read that one with I don't have enough faith to be an atheist.:whistling:
Verbal Advantage by by Charles Harrington Elste
Did that book cause you to convert from Atheism to devout Christianity?
I am reading conversations in the cathedral, (mario vargas llosa). Must admit am finding it a little dizzying, just gone through the first hundred pages but progress is slow cause its not making a lot of sense. Is it just me or is it cause the translation from Spanish to English didnt really work.
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson.
I'm not certain which sectarian group would hold the title of "devout" but perhaps that would describe all of them. My only point was that it's good to consider "the other side" when reading about a contentious issue. Quite frankly, I read enough "preaching to the choir" books, it's much more enjoyable to pick apart arguments that you don't necessarily agree with and the one that I selected offers an ample opportunity to do so. I particularly love how the second law of dynamics is morphed into an argument that says evolution can't possibly occur. On the other hand, their argument regarding the law of causality is more solid than I would readily admit.
Devout Christianity is not the only alternative to atheism. The possibilities are less an either/or than a gradient, maybe a gradient with branches.
Just checked out; The Enemy Within; 2,000 years of witch-hunting in the western world by John Demos. It really makes me curious about the Malleus Maleficarium.
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant. A must read book for everyone.
It will take a slightly more in-depth review than that to convince me.
Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson. I hope somebody sends a copy to the journalists on my local newspaper.
Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck.
An early 60s portrait of America as he circles it in his camper truck with his elderly dog, Charley.
Well I am still halfway through the book but I know already that it's a gem. It is about all the great philosophers this world has seen. The book talks about the philosopher and then talks about their philosophy. It covers from Plato, Socrates till Burtrand Russel and more.
I was expecting the book to be boring but it is anything but that.
I can tell more once I am done reading the whole thing.
Marguerite Yourcenar-Souvenirs Pieux (Dear departed)
Sandor Marai-Confession d'un Bourgoies
I started Yourcenar put it down and started Marai,then i realize that both birth are about the same time(1900). I have this extraordinary parallele of two writers lives (i admire) at the start of the century and there intake of history, their progression,the slowy becoming of great authors.
And then i started The master by Colm Toibin(not really a non fiction) about the life of Henry James.I'm getting slowly mixed up betwin their 3 lives and hope i'll manage to disociate them in the future.
The Forger: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin
by Cioma Schonhaus
What a great book.
Just starting The Future and its Enemies by Virginia Postrel.
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