Book Haul: Half Price Books

Got some good ones here. I’m really looking forward to reading Works of Love by Kierkegaard. I’ve a couple of his books on the shelf already.

Fear and Trembling, Training in Christianity, Spiritual Writings and the 1st volume of Either/Or. The first two I read years ago.

I won’t be getting to any of these new acquisitions very soon, the same as the making of books “… there is no end” to reading either. đŸ˜‰ So for now, I offer them up for Book Haul comments and approbation.

What are you reading these days? Get any great books your just dying to get into? In the bucket down below. You know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Unconditional Love”

Hello all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Unconditional Love. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“The Golden Rule is not Unconditional.”

Even “Do unto others… ” is motivated by “… what you would have them do to you”. We act, speak and treat others, and rightly so, with the respect, compassion and empathy that we would like to be returned.

It’s traditionally taught that it’s about treating OTHERS, but in an equal way, it’s about the expected or hoped for return FROM others to yourself. Either way, it’s notunconditional. And that may be a good and healthy thing at that.

I’d like to offer an article on Unconditional Love for consideration as to the effects and emotional consequences of both uncritically giving and expecting Unconditional Love.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/intimacy-path-toward-spirituality/201801/is-unconditional-love-really-possible

Another good explanation of why Love must be conditioned on respect and love returned is this blog post from a blogger who “liked” this post right after I posted. Unconditional Love is a potentially dangerous concept in reality. Read HERE.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Currently Reading: In Search of Paul

No, I’m also still reading Moby Dick

As some may know, I’m still very interested in almost all things Bible, Christian and theology. It’s hard to stop having an interest that you have carried on for decades. In recent years however I’ve taken to investigating history, archaeology, Texural criticism, and scientific endeavors as well and evaluating what I have believed in the past and what I believe now.

John Dominic Crossan is one of my teachers thru books in some of these subjects. I just started this morning a book he published in 2004 with archaeologist Jonathan L. Reed titled “In Search of Paul” on the Historical Apostle Paul and how his mission involved opposition to the Cult of Ceasar by promoting the equality of all, In Christ. In just the introduction and the first chapter, they have already managed to intrigue me in the juxtaposition of true Pauline writings in the New Testament to pseudo or false ones added or inserted later that sought to change or “edit” certain of his teachings for various reasons.

They are going to the places where Paul walked and worked, separating and discriminating as they go, to tell the story of the Historical Paul as closely as we can tell from actual history as opposed to just relying on shall we say… “cleverly devised tales” of him. This too is going to be a great read and a companion to Crossan’s book “The Historical Jesus” which is also on my shelf and which I read last year. Why not pick up a copy of either and read along with me.

-mike