Beach reading

A stretch of two weeks at the beach allows me to do something I’ve never able to manage during the working year: read more than one book at a time—maybe six or seven—and experience the literary and intellectual synergy that results. This year I found myself reading, more or less at the same time:

A History of God, Karen Armstrong’s detailed tracing of the idea of God through the lens of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I read it to prepare for a course I will teach on the subject, and I learned a lot about the dichotomy in all three traditions between the mystics and the rationalists.


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