Update: Reading, Emotions, Life

So, a few weeks back I was reading Michael Flynn’s excellent Firestar, well past the midway point, and I had to stop for reasons that are not clear even to me. Maybe it’s the deep suspicion, based on Flynn’s previous books and a few broad hints in the text, that one or more beloved characters are going to get killed off. Sure, the central characters have to survive, at least some of them, because this is a series. Maybe nobody dies, dunno. Maybe this isn’t even the reason I stopped. But for whatever reason, I’ll have to finish it up in a bit, when things calm down.

Meanwhile, did read – for the first time, I’ll sheepishly admit – War of the Worlds and The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. They also were emotionally tough, although it is Wells’ grim view of humanity that makes them so. Even then, he understands his readers enough not to end the stories on utter downbeats. WotW is positively cheery, by the end.  They are also very short by modern novel standards.

Don’t know how I managed not to have read them in the past – I think we have more than one copy of them. But I’d rather think I skipped them than to think I’d read such memorable books and yet failed to remember them.

Also reading the Ballad of the White Horse, another work I’ve inexplicably failed to read by now. I’m thinking it should be the official epic poem of the Sad Puppies. I’m carefully searching for any references to cheese – nothing so for.

On the ‘Life’ side of the equation, if you are the praying type, please pray for my eldest sister, Annette, who is in the hospital after a series of strokes.

Plan to return to reporting on education history, skewering Science! ™, and reviewing books shortly.

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

5 thoughts on “Update: Reading, Emotions, Life”

    1. Sorry, I’ve been away. That’s a real hive of, um, something over there. I’m thinking I’ll write up a post on what the issues really are: that arguments against the historical existence of Christ and the Apostles don’t carry much weight if they apply equally well to Charlemagne and George Washington.

      1. Thank you 🙂

        I think the blog was founded by atheists so that they could “speak their minds” on articles on Strange Notions. I’ve been defending several different things at once. Historically speaking I defended:

        1) That the Jewish scriptures are of literal history, but the literal is embellished in order to better explain the theme or substance of the story, which is supported both by the conservative surviving Jewish tradition, scholarship, and evidence from past source (for example, the Old Testement uses hyperbole and other storytelling techniques, which was used commonly in history and teaching in that culture, as Jesus himself taught in stories and used hyperbole (“if your arm offends you, cut it off”). The fact that the Greek Gospels had to use the term parable to describe Jesus’s teaching was probably because the Greek converts might had not been familiar with the oral traditions and storytelling of the Jews, and would have become confused),

        2) They are written by Moses himself (which we know from the conservative and documented oral traditions of the Jews),

        3) The similarities between other similar stories of near pagan cultures doesn’t diminish the reliablity, but reinforces it (different non-Jewish sources attest to the events), where the Jews’ version of the stories are to be preferred for two reasons:

        a) Unlike the other cultures with similar stories, the Israelites possess in their stories the reason for their continued existence. The other cultures don’t survive in an unbroken tradition like the Jews, and this is even more miraculous because the Jews themselves were and are the underdogs, while the other cultures were the once who often dominated the Hebrews, and

        b) The Jews record their history in the genre of mythology (in the Chesterton/Tolkien/Lewis sense), like every other culture in that place and time. However, despite their lack of philosophical thought (like the Greeks), the Jews record that “that is that is,” the unchanging Being Itself, actaully contacted them directly, and revealed Itself to be a “I Am that Am.” Many great philosophers, in Greece, India, and China, were aware of “that is that is,” but never claimed contact with It, and really didn’t consider It personal in any way. Yet, it was not the academic cultures that actaully claimed contact (they knew of the abstract, lofty “that is that is,” but because they never claimed contact, it was just an example of reason alone reaching some of the heights of revelation), but rather the Desert Tribes of Jacob. Furthermore, the Jews themselves didn’t seem fully aware to what their God actaully claimed to be, for they treat Him as if He were your average desert deity sometimes (read the Psalms).

        Because of (3a) and (3b), it is reasonable, or at least not unreasonable, to believe that the Jews did receive a revelation from “that is that is,” while their uneducated culture didn’t seem to realize exactly Who He Is, and that they recorded their experiences with Him in the way their culture and language would: through traditional oral stories with an emphasis on the figurative and symbolic in order to clearing the literal events, and their meaning (and not like a 21st century Protestant would :-p).

        It is even possible that Moses referenced Semerian mythological history in order to react and clarify it, revealing the true purpose behind those events.

        We can’t prove that “I Am that Am” spoke to the Jews, but we have good reasons for such faith in it, as I have shown.

        What do you think?

        Christi pax

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