I was made aware of a pretty interesting blog (from my perspective at least) this week when Gil sent me a link to a review of a book I had recently read. It’s pretty heady stuff over there, but I’ve come across a couple of really interesting posts whilst scouring some of the archives. Here‘s one of them. I don’t know if he’s taking a bit of a dig at Richard Dawkins here (I believe he coined the term “meme” to explain how ideas survive by a process of cultural evolution; needless to say, not everyone thinks this is the most plausible way to explain how ideas are transmitted…), but this might be one “meme” that is, at the very least, entertaining, and could be an interesting way to get to know people better.
So, despite the fact that I’m about a year late to the party, here’s my contribution to the spreading of the meme. If you’re interested, you can either respond here or at the original post on Faith and Theology (I noticed that people were still doing this some 7-8 months after it began).
1. One book that changed your life:
Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace (1996)
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought (2002)
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
The Bible (really!)
4. One book that made you laugh:
Voltaire, Candide (1759) (in a grim sort of way)
5. One book that made you cry:
Romeo Dallaire, Shake Hands with the Devil (2003)
6. One book that you wish had been written:
John Calvin, Predestination: Who Really Knows?
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (2006)
8. One book you’re currently reading:
Jose Saramago, Blindness (1995)
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Michael Polanyi, Personal Knowledge (1962)
10. Play along, if you’re so inclined!