|Philosophy and Religion|
|Want to explore more? Read some books!
Sometimes, there's just no substitute for getting out there and exploring for yourself. Besides, if you're like me, then reading is one of your favorite pasttimes, so curling up with a good book sounds lilke a pretty good idea! If you're wondering where to start, try some of these, a few of my personal favorites:
Philosophy for Dummies (sorry, I'm not trying to insult anybody's intelligence--that's just the title....) This is a good general introduction to the questions philosophy asks. It is entertainng and informative and easy to follow.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People--Harold S. Kushner This is a powerful look at the sometimes painful and frustrating state of our world--and how we can rise above it.
Walking on Water--Madeleine L'Engle
This is the author's reflections on her own life as a religous woman and author (specifically, a Christian woman and author, but "christian" referrs to more than the specific creed of the Christian faith in this book)--about what her faith has meant to her and what she has learned from it.. Before you read this, you might want to read (or re-read) her famous Time Quartet, which begins with A Wrinkle in Time-- books that adults can appreciate just as much as children, or even more, so long as the adult is open-minded and ready to grow.
When Science Meets Religion--Ian G. Barbour.
As the title implies, this excellent book discusses some of the "hot topic" issues, such as Evolution, which have been the subjects of many, many debates (some friendly, some not) between the scientific community and the religious community. It touches on some of the underlying issues about the nature of science and religion, and their relationship as two very important modes of human thought. This book is meant for serious-minded readers--it has a very "dry," sort of formal style to it--but I think it is well-written and very thought-provoking. A reader who enjoys this book may also want to read Creationism on Trial which deals more specifically with the CreationEvolution debate.
A Brief History of Time--Stephen Hawking
This is the rather famous book by the world-renowned Cosmologist, Stephen Hawking. Yes, this book is actually about theoretical physics, but it is on this list for two reasons: one, it is extremely well-written and just plain worth it, and two, this book helps to make the point that even science is a philosophy in its own right...and it needs the understanding of philosophy to help make its work relevant to the human quest for knowledge.
Utilitarianism and On Liberty--John Stuart Mill
This is some "real" philosophy that is very readable and enjoyable. Mill was a social reformer who championed individual rights. He believed in the necessity of making considered, informed decisions and he is a strong believer in the power of educatio. His style is enjoyable and easy to follow, so this makes an excellent choice for a first reading in philosophy for someone who doesn't yet have much experience.
And more to come....
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