Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Reading this week...

Here's what I'm reading this week. I'd ask my readers to respond with what they're reading, but I'm pretty sure I still don't have any readers (with the exception of Dougie, cheers buddy) so no worries.

Thesis reading:

Selections out of Critical Theory Since Plato by Hazard Adams. Today I skimmed through a bunch of stuff including Horace, Aquinas, Dante, Boccaccio and Vico (Plato and Aristotle were Tuesday). Tomorrow it looks like some Burke, Hume and if I'm lucky (or unlucky or whatever) I might get some Kant in. I love readers, you get all the original thought without the hassle of actually pounding through the entirety of A Critique of Pure Reason.

Personal reading:

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I only knew of this story as a movie until just recently. I was looking around at Umberto Eco's stuff online (he's a major semiologist and literary theorist...I'm hoping he'll be able to help me out with the problem of delimiting meaning in interpretation) and I ran across this book on his website. Go figure. So I went out to the library (or libary for all you hicks out there) and picked it up. Only about 40 pgs in but it's great so far. If you don't feel like wading through 400 pgs of neo-classic murder mystery, try the movie on for size. I don't remember everything about it, but it stars Sean Connery and it was pretty good, though with some disturbing content. Nothing like a murder mystery involving monks and set in the 14th century ;).


the Doug said...

Currently reading "The Holy Wild" by Mark Buchanan, and ordination materials.

Colin said...

ahhh, ordination...i heard they took "Innerancy" by Giesler off the list. Is that true? Man did I hate that book.

debrowns said...

Hey Colin,

I must say it's been a while. In response to the removal of "Innerancy" I know they were thinking about removing it but not sure if they did yet. I wish they had though as it was like being punched in the face continously for several hours. Of course that being said it also led to many naps!
Currently I have just finished reading "No Perfect People Allowed: creating a come as you are culture in the Church" by John Burke. It was quite a good read based on the planting of Gateway Church in Austin Texas. Much of what he shares from their experience at Gateway ties into their ability to allow people to come in with all the crap of life, being able to question everything that is being taught (without being kicked out for doing it) and letting God do the work.

I also just had a devotional book given to me called "Inspirational Gold". I'm not usually a fan of such books as they tend to lack any real meat (not to mention the corny title). But this one is turning out to be a gem as it is a compilation of quotes from some great Christians through the centuries.

Colin said...

Brother Dave!! Long time buddy. Yeah, never finished Innerancy of the reasons I didn't get ordained. The other is, of course, that I don't actually hold to verbal innerancy (I prefer a moderating position of inspiration). Oh, and I'm not a pastor anymore, that likely has something to do with it as well.

Good to have you aboard man. If you like that Inspirational Gold book for the quotes you should try on Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey - all about particularly inspirational historical figures and authors who helped to shape his faith (MLK Jr., Ghandi, etc.). Cheers man.

the Doug said...

Inerrancy is still on the list. I happen to disagree with you Colin, but then again I'm sure that's no surprise. It's been known to happen from time to time without changing much of relationship. I will give you though that I thought through why I disagree with since our last conversation about it in view of the glorious rocky mountains.


debrowns said...

"Soul Survivor" is sitting in the ever growing pile of books to be read on the shelf next to my desk.

Colin said...

ahhh, the growing stack of unread books...wish I could get through mine as well...sigh.

Trevor said...

Hey guy. I can't include what I'm reading right now cause the answer is not a thing. Giving my brain a break for a while before getting into master's stuff. It's great to see old friends all in one place here in the blogosphere though!