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When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
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Apr 04, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: political, religion, science

A great and friendly writer, arguing against the prevalence in politics of anxiety, (of "imagined adversaries"), and austerity, (which she calls an ideology), both destroying liberality or generosity in treatment of others and devaluing spiritual life.
In the science vs. religion debate, she makes a rational defense of religion, and junk out of the selective arguments of atheists promoting science over all.
Satisfying to read, unless you sing in one of those very different choirs, but she is too polite to offend you, even so. An inspired epigram on every third page. Words to look up here and there if you are so inclined.
Her overall theme is that intelligent thinking is better (and easier) than the trash put forth in these large debates.

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