Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Ted Heiks, Jul 27, 2013.
Read Peter Hunter Blair's An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England.
Read How They Rule The World by Pedro Banos. Recommended for everyone, not only if you are interested in politics.
It appears to be entirely unavailable in English, out of print, no Kindle version, no used copies. Is this... the book they don't want you to read?
Well, there were some accusations of antisemitism... https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/27/pedro-banos-how-they-rule-the-world-penguin-antisemitism-julia-neuberger
Yes, that would tend to dampen my enthusiasm.
I just read Forged by Bart Ehrman last week and am almost halfway done with Misquoting Jesus by the same.
I've been watching Ehrman's lectures and debates on YouTube for a couple of months and have become a big fan. He's an irreligious New Testament scholar and historian of early Christianity. He encourages criticism of religious dogmatism and fundamentalism without being hostile towards faith or belief.
One of many things I've come to learn from Ehrman is that even if we put scholarship aside (which we really shouldn't, but that's what fundamentalism requires us to do), we find the Bible actually debating with itself over what its truth is. It's opened my eyes to a new way of thinking about the Bible that causes me, as an agnostic, to appreciate it even more than I ever did when I was a believer.
I plan on, eventually, reading every single one of his 20 some odd books.
In defence of this book: the English version does not contain the controversial content, and I would like to point out that I did not even know there was this content in the original version until yesterday.
Understandable, as apparently a lot of people didn't know, even at Penguin. But that's doubly a shame, since otherwise such an exposé would be genuinely interesting.
Read Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics (Tim Mashall). As interesting as the other book I suggested.
"How to Make your Money Last" by Jane Bryant Quinn. Great book on Retirement and finances if that's the season you are currently in.
Is one of the maps of Greater Palestine?
No, but the chapter about the Near East is very interesting. Sad, not nice to read, but interesting!
Read Stanley Chodrow's Christian Political Theory and Church Politics in the Mid-Twelfth Century.
Read Joseph R. Strayer's On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State.
Read R. W. Carstens' The Medieval Antecedents of Constitutionalism.
Read Ruth Mazo Karras' Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England.
Read John Gaines' An Evening with Venus: Prostitution during the American Civil War.
Read James H. Gray's Red Lights on the Prairies.
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