Shuck and Jive

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Airplane Reading

I am writing this blog entry in a hotel lobby. I did a funeral for a family member today and I am returning home via the friendly (yet highly paranoid) skies tomorrow. By the way, the recording that repeats every ten minutes at the airport reminds us that the terror alert is orange--so be sure to keep your liquids in a resealable sandwich baggie, turn in that suspicious looking dude who just put his luggage down in order to pee, and do wear your rapture bloomers.

I have been reading two books while flying. One while I am in the airplane itself and another while enjoying those three hour layovers between flights.

The on-flight book is the latest from
Stephen Colbert (who recently announced his candidacy for president).

I need some light reading on the plane. I caught myself laughing out loud more than once. While on land, heavier reading is in order.

I am really enjoying

The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos.

This book provides an overview of what science knows about the universe and it takes the second step to offer symbols of how human beings can understand our significance within this story. I am going to write more about it on future blogs.

For now, it is enough for me to say that this kind of work is what I have been trying to get at in my feeble attempts at a theology for the 21st century. What I personally find as I read this is a sense of hopefulness for humanity.
More specifics on the way!