I’ve always been a book lover and I’m betting many of you are as well. I was thinking that once a month I’d check in to see what some of you out there are reading. It will be interesting and might give us books to add to our reading list. Doesn’t matter to me if it’s related to religion or not. Might be helpful if we provide a bit of a description, but not necessary. Feel free to share your thoughts about the books if you’re far enough into them – or come back and post your thoughts once you’re done.
Right now I’m reading The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine. I read it during my deconversion at some point but wanted to read it again to refresh my memory. I’ll likely be doing some posts about it once I’m finished. Here’s a description from Wikipedia:
The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology is a deistic pamphlet, written by eighteenth-century British radical and American revolutionaryThomas Paine, that criticizes institutionalized religion and challenges the legitimacy of the Bible, the central sacred text of Christianity. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in the United States, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. British audiences, however, fearing increased political radicalism as a result of the French Revolution, received it with more hostility. The Age of Reason presents common deistic arguments; for example, it highlights what Paine saw as corruption of the Christian Church and criticizes its efforts to acquire political power. Paine advocates reason in the place of revelation, leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely inspired text. It promotes natural religion and argues for the existence of a creator-God.
Most of Paine’s arguments had long been available to the educated elite, but by presenting them in an engaging and irreverent style, he made deism appealing and accessible to a mass audience. The book was also inexpensive, putting it within the reach of a large number of buyers. Fearing the spread of what they viewed as potentially revolutionary ideas, the British government prosecuted printers and booksellers who tried to publish and distribute it. Paine nevertheless inspired and guided many British freethinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Just started Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman:
… Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and the way we make choices. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities – and also the faults and biases – of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices.
I’m giving these discussions their own category – What We’re Reading – so it will be easy for people to come back to these posts easily when they are looking for book ideas and discussions.
Now your turn!