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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

What Would You Read?


Assuming that you were stranded somehwere forever and could have only one or two books (or sets of books) to keep with you to read (granting that you were already able to have the Bible thus eliminating it as a choice), what book/s (or sets - remember two is the limit) would you choose?

22 Comments:

Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Hmm.

The first book that jumped to my mind was an odd one: Thiselton's commentary on 1 Corinthians. It has everything and more, utterly superb, and I could mine that volume for years and still find something new.

But if I could choose a set, then it would have to be the largest one I can think of - Barth's CD! Though what about a commentary set? The International Critical, or Word commentary series? Is that allowed or is it cheating?

6:21 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

2 sets or 2 books - two is all you could choose - tough isn't it?

8-)

6:54 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

well, now that I think about it, it could be one set and one book - certainly would not rule that option out (making the choice remain "two").

8:04 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

two sets for me-
zwingli's works
luther's works.

nothing else needed.

8:12 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Puritan Belief said...

Pilgrims Progress & The Holy War

8:30 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger davis said...

Hmm. I am going to assume that sets are allowed....

My first set would be Lord of the Rings. In fact, other than the Bible, I think I could live with just that.

8:36 PM, March 07, 2006  
Anonymous Alban said...

I'd take A Course In Miracles.

Thank you.
Alban

12:21 AM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Ben Myers said...

I'll take Barth's Church Dogmatics. I could never get tired of reading it -- but also, if I need paper for starting fires, this will last for years!

My other one would be Milton's Paradise Lost, which in many respects is the greatest book ever written. This isn't nearly as long as the Church Dogmatics, but it's a work with which one can live and die, and I would never be able to read it too many times.

My third choice would be the works of Shakespeare. And if I could have a fourth one, it would be some big set of encyclopedias -- something to satisfy my daily moments of curiosity (I'm assuming I won't be able to use Google on the deserted island!), and to keep me from boredom.

5:12 AM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first choice in such unlikely situation would definitely be Robert Jenson's Systematic Theology. No doubt! With Jenson's systematics I would choose Luther's Catechisms.

7:23 AM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

Ben . . . I'm shocked that you would even suggest choosing Barth in order to have his CD as possible paper for starting fires. That suggests that you might have book burning tendencies 8-) The real Ben comes out in dire circumstances.

1:11 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Indeed, TB *I shake my head*. Goodness, Ben starts his postgrad fellowship thingy, and he suddenly wants to start burning books. Perhaps he's turned into a Fundie? Either that or the chaps preaching against Barth I posted about recently convinced him?

1:38 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Jeremy Weaver said...

OK, IF I'm by myself, then that means I'm the only person I need to worry about, so;
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Don Whitney, and
The Works of B. B. Warfield.

8:56 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Ben Myers said...

But if the island had a big enough beach, I could carefully copy each page of the CD on to the sand before lighting the fire. That way the rescue planes would have something far more interesting to read than the usual old "S.O.S." message.

9:34 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

Nice try, Ben!

9:38 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

The Bible and James Joyce's Dubliners.

10:19 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

I always wondered what I would pick since I think what we read reflects who we are - to a certain extent anyway. I think I would choose Thomas'Summa Theologica and The Writings of the Early Church Fathers the 38 volume set.

If I could throw in a third selection I would choose, without giving it a second thought,Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - the greatest novel ever written in my opinion.

11:11 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Gage Browning said...

This is hard...
D. Lloyd Jones Commentary Set on Romans 14 Volume Set-
(You can go forever in this set)

Calvin's Institutes.

If I could sneak in a third, it would be Dallimore's Biography of George Whitefield- 2 volumes
(the best biography I've ever read)

2:49 PM, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Ben Myers said...

If I could still fit one more book in my bag (after Barth, Milton, Shakespeare, and a set of encyclopedias), I'd probably choose that handy volume, How to Build Your Own Boat When You're Stranded on an Island.

8:43 PM, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Gage Browning said...

Good one Ben...-

If I could sneak in a fourth...
Since I can't navigate by the stars, I would lean toward a more practical book-

"How to swim with the sharks without being eaten alive".

11:31 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

You guys are such cheater rule breakers... what with your sneaking in extra stuff and trying to find a way around the rules. Clearly you all need to add into your collections some book or other about sin. I recommend Jonathan Edward's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".

;-)

1:52 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

LOL. That's pretty funny Jim.

I figured if we all got stranded together, between everyone's suggestions we'd have a pretty good little library.

3:09 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Illegitimus Parvalus said...

I believe I'd have to go with Bonhoeffer's Cost of Discipleship, and perhaps The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit from C.H. Spurgeon.

11:17 PM, March 10, 2006  

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