Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Scholarly Journals?

Is anyone else into reading scholarly journals for fun? Maybe I'm just weird. I've been reading this great series lately. Published by Baylor University, Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics had been great. With volume topics ranging from Immigration to the Sabbath, it covers a broad range of religious and social issues. This month's issue is on Women in the Bible, particularly focusing on feminism. I'm only on article one, but it has made me think about these issues in a new light.

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  1. I tend to find scholarly journals a bit stale unless I'm specifically trying to determine something. Essentially, I cannot read them 'for fun'. I sometimes like theological philosophy and/or history works, but I suppose I really have to be in particular mood for those.

    I do, however, have a lot of literature collection books that I read for fun, from the times of Beowulf through Shakespeare. To each their own.

  2. I love Beowulf, but really can't get on board with Shakepeare. For that matter, I don't like much of English literature. Sonnets are okay.

    I just got finished with "All's Quiet on the Western Front", what a let down!!

  3. I'm only loosely familiar with that one - I've never read it.

    Seems like a kind of depressing book. Do you mean that it's a let down in that you thought it would be better, or that the story made you feel down?

    I'm not a huge Shakespeare fan, either, in all honesty. I usually just select works of his at random to read through and occasionally like them. Though, my books have footnotes, translations, and explanations in them; so they're easier to read. If you don't have something like that, a lot of older works (Beowulf, for instance) become extremely hard to read.

    One of these days I'm going to finish read The Divine Comedy. I remember having to reference-check at least once every page to get references, symbolism, and other things. Takes a bit of the wind of out the book pretty quickly.