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I want to create a list of all the books I have read in the year. This is nice way to keep a record of my reading while holding myself accountable to reading. Note that these are books I’ve read from cover to cover. This is not counting all the bits and pieces of books I read for class or for research. I will mark whatever books I am currently reading through with an ‘(in progress)’. At the end of the year, if I remember, I will mark my favorites with an asterisk.

Updated: 5/19/2017

Nonfiction

  1. Robert C. Roberts, Spiritual Emotions: A Psychology of Christian Virtues*
  2. J.P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering the Disciplines of the Good Life 
  3. N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
  4. Eleonore Stump, The God of the Bible and the God of the Philosophers 
  5. James E. Dolezal, God Without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God’s Absoluteness (in progress)

Fiction

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
  2. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King (in progress)

Where did time go? Well, I’m going to stop apologizing for lack of posts since this seems to be a reoccurring theme. I’ll just post what I can, when I can! But I do plan on doing some posts. I’m about to start reading David Lewis’ “On the Plurality of Worlds.” I’m just tied down a bit with weekly papers for class. But I will be doing that, and it would be cool to do a blog precise of each chapter as I go through the book outlining the argument. I also plan on doing something lighter in terms of rigor. I’m currently reading through the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I figured it would be pretty neat to blog about some of the Christian themes that I pick up on as I read and to offer some of my thoughts on its application for our lives. I’m also reading Athansaius’ On the Incarnation. I think there are some good ideas there for a theodicy or something of the sort. That’s another project that I’m about to get started on with a friend of mine. So, let us hope and pray that I actually follow through and get it started soon. 🙂

Gosh, it’s been such a while since I’ve last posted anything. Please forgive me. I was finishing up my last semester at State. I’ve been accepted to Talbot School of Theology’s (Biola University) MA program in philosophy! I should be starting that soon. I was also working a job and doing full time trying to graduate this last semester. In addition to all that I was reviewing for an undergraduate academic journal. So I was really prevented from posting anything. But I am back, and I really plan on writing more. I need ways to increase my writing skills and philosophical acumen, and this is the perfect place to do so. Expect some new material soon! They’ll probably much shorter stuff since the longer material takes more time to write. Happy new year to any of those who happen to stumble on this post!

Sorry for the long absence of posts. I’ve had a very busy semester with classes. Thursday my semester officially ends. After that I’ll be working on some book reviews to post on here, and maybe I’ll share some of my thoughts on the problem of universals.

“Philosophy is not confined to philosophers, thank God.  Everyone has a philosophy.  As Cicero famously said, you have no choice between having a philosophy and not having one, only between having a good one and having a bad one.  And not to admit that you have a philosophy at all is to have a bad one. For it is one that does not know itself. So how could it know anything else, especially us?”- Peter Kreeft in The Philosophy of Tolkien

I thought it was important to post this quote. It made me think of the importance of assessing our beliefs and philosophy and try our best to get down to the truth. Every human by nature of being a rational animal has the natural tendency to want to know and to seek truth. After all, the end of our rational faculties is to find truth.