Sunday, March 27, 2011

Book Bargains

Borders is shutting down many of its local bookstores. Hoping to score some good buys we traipsed in to see what was left in their Everything-Must-Go-Sale.

Eventually, I settled on these:

Thank God for Evolution, by Michael Dowd. I bought this mainly because I have seen many people refer to it or engage with it on blogs, so I thought it might be worth it to actually read it for myself . Whether or not I will ultimately agree with it, I think it will be an interesting read.

The second book The Bible, by Karen Armstrong, I bought mainly because it was only a few dollars and I have read a little bit of Armstrong before and thought spending $3.00 on an unknown book was an acceptable risk.

The third book The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran, is a part of Hindu Scripture. A blogger referred to it in one of my recent blog conversations elsewhere, in a completely non-Hindu context, and I had recently caught the tail end of an episode about it on PBS in their World Literature series. It piqued my interest.

I had weened down my pile of books to just these three. Initially I had wanted to get a paperback copy of The Koran and a book called God is Everything: The Radical Path of Non-dual Judaism; The Koran simply so that I could familiarize myself with Islam in more depth rather than depending on things that are communicated third-hand and God is Everything because one of the things that set me on the path that I have taken in the last few years was the realization that Old Testament Judaism was quite non-dualistic. I was curious to see what a modern take from a Jewish writer might look like.

Alas....I couldn't justify spending that much even though the prices were steeply discounted. I had to set some limits for myself..

I'll post on each of these once I have a chance to read through them.

3 comments:

Walter said...

You can read the Koran online at: http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/index.htm

terri said...

Walter,

I know there are online versions...but I hate, hate, hate trying to read longer works online. I am totally anti-e-reader.

I like being able to flip back easily to something in a book, or highlight something, or write a note in the margin if I want to.

Starting at a screen and scrolling through multiple pages makes me lose track of my thoughts for some reason.

Reason's Whore said...

Don't the Muslims give out free Korans or something? :)

I know it's popular to believe god and evolution are compatible, but IMO that's only if you ignore the actual details of evolution and the competition in the natural world. It's nasty, bloody and brutal...hardly the work of a benevolent, omnipotent god.