It's not a joke or a mistake that I have this book listed as both "fiction" and "non-fiction" (categories that should be mutually exclusive).
This book...moreIt's not a joke or a mistake that I have this book listed as both "fiction" and "non-fiction" (categories that should be mutually exclusive).
This book turns out to be a very readable philosophy text tucked into a cute piece of fiction. The storyline that is used to carry you through the history of philosophy is a clever device but I would only give the book 3 stars for the fiction alone.
The reason I gave it a 4th star is the non-fiction information that you will (almost accidentally) learn. This book was loaned to me by a good friend (who just happened to be a University philosophy instructor - yes, I returned the book) and I took so long getting through the book because I couldn't just read it as fiction. I was compelled to make notes as I read (not by my friend but by the shear wealth of good information I encountered) and I learned more about philosophy by reading this book than I ever did in a college philosophy course.
EDIT: My good friend moved to another state and so I had to return her copy of Sophie's World to her. Because of the way I "studied" the book, I didn't make it all the way through before I had to return it. *Finally* I found a copy at a used book store and so I will be finishing it up in 2010. I expect the book will continue to be a fun and informative reading experience.(less)
Although I disagree with many of Dr Ross' conclusions concerning the age of the universe, I find what he has to say about the nature of time itself to...moreAlthough I disagree with many of Dr Ross' conclusions concerning the age of the universe, I find what he has to say about the nature of time itself to be fascinating. His reasoning from the nature of time to the nature of a Being that must necessarily operate above and outside of time is great food for thought.
If you've ever seen Dr Hugh Ross on his television show (with his buddy "translating" into normal English) you will be happily surprised - this book is actually not horribly hard to read - Dr Ross must have had a good editor on this one.(less)
This book is SO AMAZINGLY COOL. If you don't believe in an ancient world wide flood, you should give this book a try. If your objections to the biblic...moreThis book is SO AMAZINGLY COOL. If you don't believe in an ancient world wide flood, you should give this book a try. If your objections to the biblical account of Noah and his ark have anything to do with "impossible" then this book was written for you.
What are we talking about? Eight people and a serious number of animals confined together in a large wooden boat for over a year. This book is a thoughtful and well researched study to answer the question "How do you feed, water and store that many animals for that long in that small a space with the available technology?
A fascinating read, even if you don't agree with the author's conclusions.(less)
There are several things that I really like about this book: 1) It is not a "fictionalized account" (its the letters, not "about" the letters) 2) This b...moreThere are several things that I really like about this book: 1) It is not a "fictionalized account" (its the letters, not "about" the letters) 2) This book is exactly what it claims to be (is that redundant? Perhaps - but books that claim to be one thing and then turn out to be something else *really* annoy me.) 3) The correspondences between father and son are not "over-edited". If I sit down to read a book of letters I don't want to read some stylized or white-washed version of the letters. 4) Nobody pulls punches - If dad feels the son is inconsistent, the dad tells him about it. If the son feels the dad is inconsistent in his reasoning, the son tells the dad about it. 5) Because these are real correspondences, the sometimes irrational reasons for our beliefs are brought out. (it cuts both ways) 6) There is a logical flow in the course of the discussion (with some minor rabbit trails).
Both the flow of the book and the fact that the father is not a professional theologian really made the book more "accessible" for me [also not a professional theologian]. We were able to use this book as our discussion starter in an adult Sunday School class and it worked really well. We had planned to take one set of correspondence a week but (if memory serves) on one or two occassions, we spent more time on something.
In the interest of full disclosure I must admit that I do not agree 100% with Greg Boyd (the "Son" in the title and a professional theologian) but I still found the book worthwhile.(less)