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Destinee replied...
Apr. 20, 2013 at 12:35 am

^ True, series. 
 
I think you should read WLC now for sure. He really, really goes on about infinity..
 
If it's worth anything, al-Ghazali (a very famous Muslim theologian, scholar, and philosopher) didn't hold that infinite regression was a problem. 

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Quantum1.0This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Apr. 20, 2013 at 12:37 am

Well I have a lot of reading to do now :) I'll be sure to keep you all posted on my opinions (although it could be a few weeks before I really have enough time).

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CollinF replied...
Apr. 20, 2013 at 12:38 am

Hmmm. I'm a Junior so I'm currently in Pre-Cal. :( So I guess I can't give you much of a technical argument there, but one shoul bear in mind that mathematics doesn't always necessarily have a bearing on reality (the domain of science). Imaginary numbers, for instance, are very useful in higher level math, but they don't prove that negative square roots can exist in the real world..

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Destinee replied...
Apr. 20, 2013 at 12:39 am

Yeah for sure Quantum. I understand. I have a Calc exam on Tuesday. I'm such a slacker.

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CollinF replied...
Apr. 20, 2013 at 12:39 am

Destinee:
 
Looks like you found it. :)
 

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Quantum1.0This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Apr. 20, 2013 at 12:43 am

Collin: I'm sure there are exceptions, but actually math is pretty much the language of nature. Even imaginary numbers - they actually are used in quantum mechnics to represent superpositions of different states of particles.
 
Anyway, if you're interested, do some searching into zeno's paradoxes, in particular that of achilles and the tortise. You can learn about this summing of infinite things to get something finite (you'll also find that there are some philosophers who don't accept the calculus solution as really solving the problem). Either way its neat though and its quite relevant to the topic.

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CollinF replied...
Apr. 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Destinee:
 
Sorry it took me so long to reply! Finals are comin up and I've gotta keep that 4.0 lookin nice and round for applications this Fall/Winter. Plus, I lost my copy of The Everlasting Man. :'( I think I might've loaned it to somebody. I recommend it to everybody and their mother . . . literally I recommended it to a girl I know and her mom who teaches at my school . . . such a good book . . . I want Chesterton as an Uncle . . . *Ahem* Sorry again.
 
Anyways, hahaha. I didn't realize it'd make you so happy. That makes me wanna read all of em. :) I think I'll start with Lang's, since his book isn't translated. But I've got a pretty deadbeat couple months comin up, so if you wanna hit me with that list I'd definitely check it out. 
 
And Goodreads, eh? I might check it out. None of my friends really like to read though. :/ I need to meet some nerds in person for a change.
 
And I don't think you'll LOVE Strobel's book, but it's got some good information. The people he interviews have provided it elsewhere more comprehensively, but Strobel does a pretty good job of an overview. Good place to start, anyways. Then you can hit up N.T. Wright's books. :D
 
You should def. read Chesterton first though. Go with Orthodoxy. Let me know whatcha think after the first couple chapters.
 
And haha, that one was my favorite too. :) He says stuff like that a lot. 
 
And oh, I definitely do. I've been trying to read perspectives that vary from Christianity, but most all the Atheistic stuff I read I can't get through. The New Atheists are Arrogant and shallow and the Old ones are just grumpy about everything. Then there's Eastern stuff, which just leaves you with a "What the %#$%^%^" feeling after every sentence. So I think I'll enjoy this. A lot. :) 

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CollinF replied...
Apr. 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

And none of the 3 books you mentioned are on Kindle, so I'll go for Even Angels Ask on Amazon. The paperback seems like a pretty good deal.
 
And yeah, I almost hate that Protestantism's stronghold has to be America when America is becoming so shallow. The Consumerism/Materialism/Politicization of virtually everything has made most previously respectable things a joke once they get in the hands of groups with money here. Most major pastors are just performers at this point. It's almost dreadfully obvious to me they aren't really speaking from their hearts . . . or their heads.
 
That's not the problem with Small-town preachers here in the South though. The Seminaries just need to be more rigorous is the problem there. I've never heard of anybody failing in a Seminary, and that should be happening frequently. 

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Destinee replied...
Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

*bump* so I don't forget to reply
 
PS Collin, I found Orthodoxy on Project Gutenberg. It's really funny so far :) Love the tone.

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