Wholly Consistent Haul

last Sunday was Crissy’s birthday, and after e had lunch with my parents we hooked up with some good friends and ended up wandering around Southwell and having a look around the cathedral.  Disconcertingly, everyone noticed the books for sale at the back end of the building  before I did.

Unsurprisingly the books on offer all had a religious theme and most were of little interest to me, but I did manage to find a few books that tickled my fancy.  The technical side, so to speak, of faith really interests me, the arguments for and against, and three of those books fit the bill.

The fourth book has a wonderful title Modern Art and the Death of Culture, and of course its all doom and gloom hating on modern art whilst talking about the Christian way being the way forward as a potential to reverse the trend.  I think the premise is interesting and it sits forlornly on my work desk begging to be read as I go about my daytime work.

A better look at the aforementioned book in the near future may make me revise my thoughts as checking various reviews it seems to be a well written and interesting read, and I hate to misrepresent books I haven’t had a chance to go over properly yet.

As the choir kicked in for the afternoon service, we exited the cathedral, as collectively hungry for food as I was to delve into the deeper theology of Christianity and faith as a whole.  A Chicken Tikka Masala later, and we had the added pleasure of rounding off our day by playing with a dog, and what can be better than that?

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26 Replies to “Wholly Consistent Haul”

  1. Dear Crissy, Happy, happy belated birthday! I’m waiting on hearing from you (either from this website or your own) about what sorts of reading you like to do. Maybe an explanation of something Filipino-English or etc. that we might find interesting, mythology or folktales would be my preference, if you like that, or whatever else if not. I’m glad you folks had a good time, and congrats to Ste J for finding yet another book to read (and hoard).

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    1. I shall wave this comment in front of Crissy when she comes back in the room (on account of being too lazy to move). Did you get my email reply. I sent it the other week but not sure if it actually made it. Temperamental as these things can be. Despite not going on major binges I am having luck in finding cheap books at the moment. With a library card soon to be got on one of these weekends and some free stuff acquired from the Open University archives already I am confident of having the material to review, even if not much time to do it in.

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      1. Yes, thanks, I have been a little more active on the computer lately, rather than just doing my crocheting and knitting. I not only read your reply, but also did two posts since last week, one a poem, and one an article (on the book I told you about, “The Virgin Blue.” I await your comments. For you and Crissy, I wanted to mention two books of mythology/folktale that I found especially entrancing. One was a large coffee table sized book, with gorgeous art illustrations of every story, called “World Tales,” and edited (retold?) by Idris Shah. It’s on the format of equal-sized books for children, except since the re-tellings (and the illustrations) contain some adult material and some breasts, to put it bluntly, I think it’s definitely for adults. Another is a book marketed for women, but which I’m sure is open for men to read, too. It’s called “Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters,” and is collected/retold by Kathleen Ragan. My brother got it for me for one of my birthdays, I think. You will probably have better luck finding these books in Britain, while you’re there; that is, if you are interested.

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        1. P.S. You do know what I mean by a “coffee-table-sized book,” don’t you? It’s probably an American expression, I didn’t think. It’s not a book as big as a coffee table, but a large, presentation-style book which is often placed on the coffee table in a home as a conversation starter. Funny expression, I guess. Leave it to the States!

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          1. Excellent, I am always up for new recommendations. I shall check them out and mention them to Crissy. As usual with American expressions they have permeated over here so I know what you mean.

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  2. A belated Happy Birthday, Chrissy!
    A nice book-haul, Ste! I have been meaning to acquire and read The Confessions of St Augustine for some time – the others I don’t recognise. I find Christian writing such a mine-field – so much dross amongst the pearls!

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    1. Agreed, there is a lot of stuff that just doesn’t interest me. I will finally get around to getting a library card soon so should be able to source some more of the medieval theology titans and take it from there.

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  3. Hard to think of anything much better than playing with a dog. Hard to think of anything in religion that isn’t technical or anything a dog would care about.

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    1. I find with religion, talking to a lot of people with belief a lot of those, in my personal experience, don’t seem to have considered it too deeply which I find fascinating.

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