"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Saturday, November 02, 2013

All Soul's Day 2013

The peace of God, which passes all understanding....

I'm not in the habit of recommending books, but based on the excerpt at Salon, I'm going to recommend this one:  Unapologetic:  Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Emotional Sense

Auden once described us as living "each in the cell of himself," and I think that is unavoidably true; such is the nature of human existence.  So I seldom recommend books because if they move me, they probably will do so no more; or if they move me, it is for reasons so personal and peculiar even I can't explain it.  I re-read Kierkegaard often, but sometimes it's just to ferret out a memory of what I may have learned.  Upholding Mystery was absolutely my favorite book of poetry, period; and then all of a sudden it wasn't.

So Unapologetic may last through only one reading.  But I still think it would be a worthwhile reading; and if you don't get to Salon often, take the time to read the excerpt there.

I really cannot recommend it enough.*

*Although it's p.o.v. is entirely limited to atheists and Christianity.  Then again, it's a personal statement, not a scholarly one.  Still, the limitation underscores how narrow and even narcissistic this discussion is.


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

You beat me to it again.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Rmj said...

Salon has another one up that's probably troll bait for Myers & Co.

But it's also very good. I've skimmed it once, I hope to read it more carefully later.

1:39 PM  

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