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Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses by Martin Luther
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Interesting. Luther's initial demands of the Church are fairly conservative in nature. He doesn't demand the end of indulgences per se, nor does he renounce the idea of purgatory. He also carefully avoids insulting the Pope. I can't see anything in h ...more
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The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
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A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
"Being already so greatly attached to the works of Lewis, my five star reviews are somewhat regular. A Grief Observed affords the same rating in its own, unique way. Like other works of Lewis, I was given several deep truths to chew on in my readin..." Read more of this review »
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A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
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To say I liked this book would be the wrong word to use. But it is tonic to be sure, and as I found out, good tonic for struggling with illness and pain as well as with grief. It's different, but Lewis's words still resonate.
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An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis
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The Discarded Image by C.S. Lewis
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
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Being an avid reader of dystopian, fantasy and sci-fi, I've come across more than a few religious theocracies which were little more than thinly veiled caricatures of the American Religious Right and/or the Catholic Church. But, for all the faults of ...more
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Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson
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Tears of a Dragon by Bryan Davis
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The Candlestone by Bryan Davis
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J. Gresham Machen
“Far more serious still is the division between the Church of Rome and evangelical Protestantism in all its forms. Yet how great is the common heritage which unites the Roman Catholic Church, with its maintenance of the authority of Holy Scripture and with its acceptance of the great early creeds, to devout Protestants today!

We would not indeed obscure the difference which divides us from Rome. The gulf is indeed profound. But profound as it is, it seems almost trifling compared to the abyss which stands between us and many ministers of our own Church. The Church of Rome may represent a perversion of the Christian religion; but naturalistic liberalism is not Christianity at all.”
J. Gresham Machen

Gene Wolfe
“I was sitting there, as I said, and had been for several watches, when I came to me that I was reading no longer. For some time I was hard put to say what I had been doing. When I tried, I could only think of certain odors and textures and colors that seemed to have no connection with anything discussed in the volume I held. At last I realized that instead of reading it, I had been observing it as a physical object. The red I recalled came from the ribbon sewn to the headband so that I might mark my place. The texture that tickled my fingers still was that of the paper in which the book was printed. The smell in my nostrils was old leather, still wearing the traces of birch oil. It was only then, when I saw the books themselves, when I began to understand their care.”

His grip on my shoulder tightened. “We have books here bound in the hides of echidnes, krakens, and beasts so long extinct that those whose studies they are, are for the most part of the opinion that no trace of them survives unfossilized. We have books bound wholly in metals of unknown alloy, and books whose bindings are covered with the thickest gems. We have books cased in perfumed woods shipped across the inconceivable gulf between creations—books doubly precious because no one on Urth can read them.”

“We have books whose papers are matted of plants from which spring curious alkaloids, so that the reader, in turning their pages, is taken unaware by bizarre fantasies and chimeric dreams. Books whose pages are not paper at all, but delicate wafers of white jade, ivory, and shell; books too who leaves are the desiccated leaves of unknown plants. Books we have also that are not books at all to the eye: scrolls and tablets and recordings on a hundred different substances. There is a cube of crystal here—though I can no longer tell you where—no larger than the ball of your thumb that contains more books than the library itself does. Though a harlot might dangle it from one ear for an ornament, there are not volumes enough in the world to counterweight the other.”
Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer

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