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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Book Reading Goal : Week 7

This week has been quite progressive on the reading front. A number of books which I have been reading in the last month in parallel were completed.

I read Zambian Democracy Betrayed : Patrimonial Corruption in Zambia by Tresphor C Mutale, released in 2008. At 69 pages it read more as a monograph than a serious weighty book. However, from the reaction to some of the quotes from it on  Facebook or Twitter, it appeared interesting.  In general the book is useful in explaining the linkages between culture and corruption - though I hoped for more. Unfortunately the book is not available online. Its published only with Mission Press (Ndola).

God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and ResponsibleAnother book which sparked some interesting discussion was God is Great, God is Good : Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible, edited by Craig & Meister. The book is essentially a positive apologetic for belief in God. It is particularly aimed at those who have been taken in by the "new atheism" led by Dawkins and others. It tackles a range of topics from psychology to history and explains how these point to God. This is the first time I have read so many important thinkers in one book. Plantinga, Behe, McGrath and many others are represented. I particularly liked Pockinghorne's discussion on physics, especially the multi-verse theory and its flaw. I think what was missing were contributions on mathematics. Would have loved to see Poythress do that. A good read nevertheless. Strongly recommended!

The Doctrine of God (A Theology of Lordship)Last year, I began making my way through the four book volumes penned by John M Frame on the Theology of Lordship. These are large books over 800+ pages plus each. The first book dealt with The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. This week I completed, after 6 months, the second in the series - The Doctrine of God.  I enjoyed this tremendously and given its depth and richness it meant I had to read the 860 or so pages much slower. With the second book done, I am now moving onto the third, which I suspect wont be completed until December! It is 1000+  and I will read only 100 pages a month from it.

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Book Reading Goal Review
Books Read So Far : 8 books
Remaining Books to Achieve Target : 42 books
Weeks Remaining to Achieve Annual Target : 45 weeks

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