book lust

I did a bad thing today, kids.

I’d been doing so well…but I blew it.  I’ve successfully skirted the temptation ever since school started, but I couldn’t quite hold out for Christmas break.

I went to the public library and it was like letting a 3 year old loose in a candy store.

Ostensibly, it was to get a Shakespeare movie for a class film review.  Othello did make it into the stack… along with a book of political arguments, a expose on Warren Jeffs, the works of Augustine, a semi-feminist manifesto that looked intriguing, a book by Erwin McManus (whom I’ve been dying to read), and some costume books.  I did restrain myself and stayed out of the fiction section… *whew*

The sad thing is that I know most of these books will be returned to the library unread in a little less than a month.  I will sit and drool at them as they sit in the corner while I write papers and take notes on thrilling literature like “Business Law Today” and “Theatrical Design and Production.” Either that or I’ll fail my classes and read them all.  I haven’t decided which.

Hi, my name is Carolyn and I’m a bibliophile.

Change of subject, but it kind of fits the topic…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the quest for knowledge.  I told a friend the other day that I couldn’t be too angry with Eve, in spite of the havoc she caused.  If Eve hadn’t eaten the apple, it probably would have been me because I’m ridiculously curious.  I’ve always wanted to “be in the know” and it drives me crazy when I’m not.  But I don’t want to be curious for the things of the world.  I want to be thirsty for the knowledge of God.

What is the line between innocence (good) and ignorance (bad)?

Why do I/we seek so much head knowledge when true wisdom is available?

Intellectual elitism placed over spiritual reality is about to drive me insane.  Do we, as believers, feel that we have something to prove to society?  That yes, we love Jesus, but we still are clever and “hip” enough to embrace Freud, Angelina Jolie, Michael Moore, the Dalai Lama, moveon.org, and soft porn?  [Please note that I do not consider all of the above to be on exactly the same level.]

“…Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…” (Rom. 1:22)

In a class today, a professor made a very good point.  In paraphrase, it was something like, “A good education develops critical thinking skills and prevents manipulation.  Being exposed to a variety of ideas is what keeps us from becoming brainwashed by one overbearing doctrine. ”  Reference was made to terrorist military schools.  When one idea is all you hear, day in and day out, it seems to make sense no matter how ridiculous it is.

So, yes.  critical thinking skills = good.  education=good.  knowledge for the sake of knowledge=foolishness.  Wisdom is what I want.  I’m really only at the beginning though. :)

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.” (Psalm 111:10)

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  1. Ha ha. I wish I read that much. It’s on my to-do list, though. Any tips?

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