So, What Are You Reading?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Ted Heiks, Jul 27, 2013.

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  1. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Peter Hunter Blair's An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England.
     
  2. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Read How They Rule The World by Pedro Banos. Recommended for everyone, not only if you are interested in politics.
     
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    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?
     
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  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Yes, that would tend to dampen my enthusiasm.
     
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  6. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    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.
     
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  7. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Fair enough.

    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.
     
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  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    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.
     
  9. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    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.
     
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  10. newsongs

    newsongs Member

    "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.
     
  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Is one of the maps of Greater Palestine?

    Kidding, kidding....
     
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  12. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    No, but the chapter about the Near East is very interesting. Sad, not nice to read, but interesting!
     
  13. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Stanley Chodrow's Christian Political Theory and Church Politics in the Mid-Twelfth Century.
     
  14. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Joseph R. Strayer's On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State.
     
  15. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read R. W. Carstens' The Medieval Antecedents of Constitutionalism.
     
  16. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Ruth Mazo Karras' Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England.
     
  17. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read John Gaines' An Evening with Venus: Prostitution during the American Civil War.
     
  18. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read James H. Gray's Red Lights on the Prairies.
     

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