The Books

Guy Williams tagged me with this, so I’m finally going to break down and do it. Though I read piles of books, I don’t usually think in these categories, so answering these questions is tough.

1. One book that changed your life: Not so much a single book, but the reality of my parents having piles of books around when I was growing up. Seeing my dad’s math books (he’s an engineer) that I could I identify as math while not understanding a single thing stoked my curiosity. On rainy days or when I was curious about something in particular I could read our 1963 edition of the Colliers Encyclopedia.

2. One book that you have read more than once: Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue.

3. One book you would want on a desert island: My bible, a pad (or pads) of paper – no distractions.
4. One book that made you laugh: Anything by Terry Pratchett. The Discworld books featuring the Watch (police stories) are favorites. Maybe The Truth was the funniest.
5. One book that made you cry: Hmm. I don’t associate crying with any particular book. Maybe the bible.
6. One book you wish had been written: Alternatives to Constantinianism. What options were available to the church – and to Constantine – in the early 4th century? What better option could they have pursued? Surely there are better options than (1) “We’re in charge now. Believe what we tell you to believe and do what we tell you to do.”; and (2) The Ignatius of Antioch point of view, “Let’s make sure we make it possible for the powers of the world to kill us.”
7. One book you wish had never been written: I can’t think of one right now whose ideas I can’t imagine having come to pass in some other form if not written in the form it was.
8. One book you’re currently reading: Os Guiness, The Call. A great book.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Alvin Plantinga, Warrented Christian Belief.

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