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May. 8th, 2010 02:45 pm
kitewithfish: The Doctor tilts his head. (Default)
EDIT: did one of those "typing while thinking of something else" word substitutions. Fixed it.

Currently Reading:
The Divine Relativity by Charles Hartshorne - Philosophical and theological treatise. Main premise is that the medieval evaluation of God as absolute and uneffected by creation are off- God is "supremely relative" and takes into Himself* relation to all things in existence and is changed by them. So far, the best argument that Hartshorne has made (which is repeated in Schubert Ogden's work, which I read first) is that God's omniscience rules out his being nonrelative. To know absolutely what actually exists means that the knowledge is different than if the existing things were something else. If God knows that X exists, that changes God's knowledge to be something different than if Y existed in the place of X. The main reason I am reading this is to expose myself to more process theology- it has a really convoluted logic to it, but it seems to preserve God's absolute goodness at the expense of omnipotence, and I'm more willing to explore the idea of a "weaker" God than a God that is arbitrary or fickle.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JKR- I suppose I am technically still reading this, but I personally wonder if I will ever finish it. It just doesn't really move me.

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin. A murder mystery set in Istanbul in the late days of the Ottoman Empire. The eunuch Yashim is called to investigate the murder of a young lady of the sultan's harem and the disappearance (and presumed murders) of several members of the New Guard, an elite corps in the modern European style, now facing their review. It's an intriguing read, and I honestly have no idea where it will lead.

The Mysterious Affairs at Styles by Agatha Christie. I watched last night an episode of Doctor Who which featured Agatha Christie, and I imagine that it was as full of puns, references, and jokes as the episode featuring Shakespeare. The problem: I've never read an Agatha Christie mystery, and I didn't catch onto anything outside the general marks of the mystery genre. I know some of the characters from BBC productions, but I don't really know anything about her novels as such. I have started reading this one, and the sheer overuse of the term "jolly" and the massive info-dump at the beginning struck me as a kind of amateurish, but I think I should probably read a few of her books as a cultural experience, if nothing else. God knows she wrote enough of them- I'll be able to find at least some of them interesting.

In other news, my personal life has gotten interesting in ways that I am not quite ready to discuss publicly.


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