Tuesday, March 11, 2008

This Is For Chad

I just finished reading Slaughterhouse 5 last week. I liked it a lot. I have another book by Vonnegut that serves as his memoirs, kind of. It's called A Man Without a Country. Anyways, one thing I've appreciated about him is his respect for the Bible, more so than any other classic American author I have read. Here's a passage from that book.

"How do humanists feel about Jesus? I say of Jesus, as all humanists do, "If what he said is good, and so much of it is absolutely beautiful, what does it matter if he was God or not?"

But if Christ hadn't delivered the Sermon on the Mount, with its message of mercy and pity, I wouldn't want to be a human being."

1 comment:

charlesbryan said...

My main man, Christopher,
Bro, i gotta admit: I just started SH-F just this week!!! I'm a terrible book clubber! But i love it.

AND coincidentally, I just bought A Man Without a Country and it's my next "to read"!!! I'm cruising through slaughterhouse-five pretty good now...so i'll be catching up to you soon.

AND COINCIDENTALLY, I've been reading through the sermon on the mount. Slowly, but all together. As i think it was meant to be in context of roman rule and having the pharisees hanging out and also it being in context with itself--not segmented the way the NIV breaks it up. Like maybe Christ didn't want there to be a break between The Fulfillment of the Law and Murder. Or between Giving to the Needy and Prayer.

I'm really excited to see you next week!