Power and Identity

Project status update: I realized I’ve been doing this reading project for over three years; I’ve read 60 books, done write-ups on 13, and am over halfway through one side of one floor of the library. At this rate it would take me another 40 years. Time to pick up the pace. Yvonne Chireau’s Black…

Wars of Religion

Reading about religion can be incredibly inspiring and can also break your heart. The longing for a better world and self-sacrifice that people feel for the sake of goals beyond personal self-interest move me deeply, and yet historical accident, lust for power, or misunderstanding can equally lead to tragedy. I lost two grandparents in the…

What do you believe?

I’d been curious about Augustine’s Confessions since reading the argument for Augustine as the first self-aware/introspective author laid out in “How the Irish Saved Civilization.” He is self-reflective, but also so focused on identifying orthodoxy (and refuting paganism/other heresies) that even his autobiographical elements feel driven by an argument or agenda. It seems to me…