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  • #16
    Originally posted by ravenscape View Post
    It would be interesting and fun if we could choose a book to read together, and maybe post our thoughts each time we finish a couple of chapters. Would anyone else be interested? And does anyone have suggestions of books to read?
    Ravenscape, this is a great idea. And, hey, if I knew something like this was coming up, maybe I'd actually get off my tuchus and finish my AC Circuitry book!
    If you're lucky you'll find something that reflects you,
    helps you feel your life protects you,
    cradles you and connects you to everything.
    Dar Williams, "The Hudson"

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    • #17
      I'm not neccessarily suggesting this for a "read together" book, but just as one that has inspired my life..Loren Isely's "Immense Journey".

      It is a collection of essays.

      I have been not doing much reading the past 18 months. So...I am open to suggestions, but not making any promises.

      cheddar
      In a love affair with sunshine

      Live this day like an altar to what you believe

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      • #18
        I'm so glad there's interest in this! I feel connected to the group we've formed here, and wish we were more active as a group and could *do more* together. I thought maybe this would be a way.

        I've been thinking seriously about ordering Glennis Livingstone's Pagaean Cosmology ever since she popped in at the atheist/secularist board where I moderate. She posted a link to this article at the time. I found the article intriguing.

        But, I'd be up for together-reading most anything!
        Last edited by ravenscape; April 25th, 2007, 06:15 PM.

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        • #19
          Ravenscape, I feel the same way and agree that this is a good start to getting our group doing more together. It sometimes seems (to me anyway) that we're all so new to realizing where we fit in the grand scheme of things that we just need to get our bearings. But I think reading together would be a good start.

          Your book sounds like a good suggestion, as does Cheddar's. Maybe we could start with those and see where it takes us?

          Other thoughts?

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          • #20
            If I can find these two books in a local bookstore this weekend, I'll buy them. If not, I'll place an Amazon order. I hope I'll be ready to start reading next week sometime.

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            • #21
              This is a great idea!

              So, the first readings are Pagaian Cosmology and Immense Journey?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Birdy View Post
                This is a great idea!

                So, the first readings are Pagaian Cosmology and Immense Journey?
                I'm not sure it's final yet. I want to read both of these books anyway, so I figure I'll line them up in the queue this weekend.

                It may take another day or so for folks to chime in with yea, nay, or "how 'bout something else".

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by ravenscape View Post
                  I'm not sure it's final yet. I want to read both of these books anyway, so I figure I'll line them up in the queue this weekend.

                  It may take another day or so for folks to chime in with yea, nay, or "how 'bout something else".
                  Alas, I have to sit out this round. I'm getting ready to move at the end of May, plus the end of my school semester is fast encroaching...I barely have time to read my mail, let alone a book. But I will be watching the discussion with great interest.
                  If you're lucky you'll find something that reflects you,
                  helps you feel your life protects you,
                  cradles you and connects you to everything.
                  Dar Williams, "The Hudson"

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                  • #24
                    Heh. I'm nuts for trying to start another book right now. We're poised on the precipice of a kitchen remodel -- starting over from the bare walls. I'm guessing it will probably start in about 2 weeks.

                    And besides, I've got 5 books started at the moment, and am making slow progress with them.

                    If this is a bad time for others, maybe we could delay for a few weeks and see how things look.

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                    • #25
                      Exactly what kind of book are you looking for? Glenys' book is good, and is an in depth look at Pagaian Cosmology, with a lot of academic/researched support. However, I'm not sure that's what you are looking for.

                      I've pasted below a list of some books that I recently put together. You may look at that. For starters, I'd recommend Aurelius' Meditations - it's short, and very good. Wright's "non-zero" gives a good view of the long term vision of life on earth, nicely providing purpose to our universe and spirituality, which is so often called "purposeless". Wrights "the moral animal" is a must read book for understanding how our minds work. Oh, and Wilson's "evolution in everyday life" sounds good, but I haven't read it yet.

                      Here's the list, may you enjoy this day as the priceless treasure that it is-

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                      Books of Spiritual Significance to Jon on February 18th, 2007

                      I’ve read these books, or in a few cases, parts of them. Sure, there are a few things in many of them that I don’t agree with, but by and large, they’re great. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some great books – especially those on my list to read next, like David Sloan Wilson’s “Evolution in everyday life”, which isn’t published yet. Also of course, this is just a snapshot – our lists change over time. * = especially recommended

                      Biology
                      Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas
                      Evolution by Carl Zimmer
                      The Ghosts of Evolution by Connie Barlow

                      A Long Term Worldview
                      *Thank God for Evolution by Michael Dowd This book is written especially for a Christian perspective. However, I highly recommend it whether you are Christian or not.
                      *Non-Zero by Robert Wright
                      Evolution’s Arrow by John Stewart

                      Freethought:
                      Cec’s Credo
                      *Bible Stories Your Parents Never Taught You by Michael Scott Earle (available at www.reasonworks.com)
                      How we Believe by Michael Shermer
                      The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
                      Science and Unreason by Radner & Radner

                      The Bible/Christianity
                      Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium by Dr. Erhman (& other scholarly work on the historical Jesus)
                      *Audiocourses from www.teach12.com by Dr. Erhman about the history of Christianity, Competing early forms of Christianity, the making of the Bible, the historical Jesus, etc. There are also plenty of other sources of information on the Historical Jesus – all sources should be compared critically since they disagree.

                      Evolutionary Psychology
                      *The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
                      The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker

                      Pagan/Earth/Universe-Centered Spirituality
                      *In Nature’s Honor by Patricia Montley
                      Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
                      *Cosmos TV series by on DVD (by Carl Sagan)
                      The Sacred Depths of Nature by Ursula Goodenough
                      *Kyle’s Credo
                      Neolithic Europe by Dr. Adams, Audiocourse from www.teach12.com

                      For kids (these aren’t necessarily profound, just great for kids)
                      The Universe Story books by Jennifer Morgan:
                      • Born with a Bang
                      • *From Lava to Life
                      • Mammals that Morph
                      *Our Family Tree by Lisa Westburg Peters
                      Evo - boardgame
                      Pocahontas, Brother Bear – Disney DVDs
                      -Equinox

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                      • #26
                        Personally, I'm more in the mood to read a book that is not specifically about pantheism, spirituality, etc...and discuss how our own beliefs, spirituality respond to it.

                        I don't want to be led through someone else's path/journey.

                        That's where I am these days.

                        I'm more into discovering where I am, than hearing about where someone else is.

                        If one more person recommends some atheist's take on God to me...I'll scream!

                        sorry, I'm fragile at the moment

                        cheddar
                        In a love affair with sunshine

                        Live this day like an altar to what you believe

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by cheddarsox View Post
                          Personally, I'm more in the mood to read a book that is not specifically about pantheism, spirituality, etc...and discuss how our own beliefs, spirituality respond to it.

                          I don't want to be led through someone else's path/journey.

                          That's where I am these days.

                          I'm more into discovering where I am, than hearing about where someone else is.

                          If one more person recommends some atheist's take on God to me...I'll scream!

                          sorry, I'm fragile at the moment

                          cheddar


                          I think that's certainly something to consider.

                          Honestly, I'm so wrapped up in Sound of Music rehearsals right now (and Terry Pratchett for release), I don't really have time to read anything yet.

                          Maybe we should all take some time and think about books that might lend themselves to this group. Then we can reconnect in a couple of weeks and see what folks have come up with.

                          How does that sound?

                          I do have to agree about the whole atheist thing. We're barely a fine line away, but still on this side of deity/spirituality/relationship... we walk that fine line, don't we?

                          Peace
                          Working for Peace Pruning the Rambles

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                          Definition of skepticism: Don't believe everything you think.

                          In wildness is the preservation of the world ~Henry David Thoreau

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Eleisawolf View Post

                            Honestly, I'm so wrapped up in Sound of Music rehearsals right now (and Terry Pratchett for release), I don't really have time to read anything yet.
                            I can relate to that! I'm in South Pacific rehearsals. My whole body hurts from learning choreography and I'm the costume designer, so that adds a whole other level of no time to read.
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                            • #29
                              Peggyelizabeth,

                              Exactly!

                              You're the fourth person on the Pantheism board who is artistically inclined, and the third I know of who is performance inclined... I wonder how many more of us are...

                              Theater definitely makes it harder to have time to read... heh.

                              Peace
                              Working for Peace Pruning the Rambles

                              :hahugh: Banner made by me :hahugh:
                              Definition of skepticism: Don't believe everything you think.

                              In wildness is the preservation of the world ~Henry David Thoreau

                              Pantheism Path Forum Guide

                              In memoriam, Basha: 4/1996 - 12/2007 * * * In memoriam, Tika: 9/1996 - 3/2008

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by cheddarsox View Post
                                Personally, I'm more in the mood to read a book that is not specifically about pantheism, spirituality, etc...and discuss how our own beliefs, spirituality respond to it.
                                How far afield are we talking here? Are you talking about something like (just as an example, honest - definitely not what I'd want to read as a group!) Silent Spring, which isn't technically pantheist but has a similar world-view? Or do you mean a book that has nothing to do with pantheism - Stephen King? Jane Austen? Tom Robbins? and see what connections and conclusions our mysterious brains can come up with?
                                If you're lucky you'll find something that reflects you,
                                helps you feel your life protects you,
                                cradles you and connects you to everything.
                                Dar Williams, "The Hudson"

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