Had some time to read some books this week. I’m mostly preparing for a presentation to the Ethical Society of Austin on Sunday morning. Feel free to join us if you are in the neighborhood. My topic is “providence”, by which I mean, the mechanisms by which the world provides for our sustenance.
Books I’m reading in preparation for my talk:
- The Maze of Ingenuity (Arnold Pacey, Penguin, 1974 (US edition- MIT Press) “Ideas and Idealism in the Development of Technology”
- The Man Who Saw Through Time (Loren Eisely, Scribner, 1961) “Francis Bacon and the Modern Dilemma”
- Issues in Science and Religion (Ian Barbour, Prentice-Hall, 1966) “How can God act if the world is governed by scientific laws? What is God’s relation to the causal processes of nature? … Can we still accept the idea of providence, God’s governance of nature and history?”
- Deep Economy (Bill McKibben, Holt 2007) “The wealth of communities and the durable future”
- Goodbye to a River (John Graves, 1959) “By Heaven! cried my father, springing out of his seat as he swore, – I have not one appointment belonging to me, which I set so much store by, as I do these jack-boots – they were our great-grandfather’s, brother Toby – they were hereditary.”
It’s been nice to have some longer-attention-span reading for a change. I highly recommend all these books. I’m not sure they’re all in print, but Goodbye to a River is, and on many levels it’s the finest reading I’ve encountered in quite some time.