As you might have figured out, I recently finished reading several books as part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program. You can check them all out here if you would like.

Unfortunately, the results were less than stellar on many of these titles. Most were quite disappointing. So, I guess my reviews make up a list of what not to read if you’re interested in what to avoid.

Though I’m chomping at the bit to really dig into and explore my research questions properly, I think it’s important to do my due diligence and document my progress, even the blind alleys and failures.

The book I’m now reviewing is much closer to my research subjects than the first several I’ve already reviewed thus far. This one, Confrontations with the Reaper by Fred Feldman, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was an interesting read, to say the least.

So, let’s jump in and see what this one is all about….

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I finished several books this week as part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program. You can check them all out here. During this marathon, I finally finished Philosophy, Pussycats, and Porn, which I had hoped would be an interesting philosophical treatment from the perspective a pornstar, but found instead a trivial diary of what seemed like a twelve year old girl.

There were no real gems of wisdom here. No fascinating philosophical or metaphysical insights, no substantive take on the human condition or even the mind of men (you would think there would at least be that).

But Let’s jump in anyway and take a look at what is supposed to be the wilder side of life. Hint. It doesn’t appear to be.

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I finished several books this week as part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program. You can check them all out here. One of the books I finished was PhD: An Uncommon Guide by James Hayton.

This was a book I picked up in hopes of getting a better understanding of what it’s like in grad school, beyond the cursory exposure I had with two semesters before I dropped out. This book’s author chose to get his PhD in a hard science, then left academia for the self-employed teaching and lecture circuit, where he now coaches other PhD candidates on how to finish their studies (interesting).

I came away with shabby notes, but a little better perspective on what it could be like going for a terminal degree. It certainly cemented (along with many other anecdotal evidences) how right I was to drop out of grad school when I did, before I wasted a bunch of money and time.

But, let’s take a closer look and see what it could have been like….

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I received an email this morning and, boy, was I glad to get it. If you’ve been following my blog and unschooled research for any length of time, you know I recently purchased the Accordance Bible Software program and had some, well, let’s just say some struggles with it.

But, I committed to the system (since I had already spent about $500 on the program and various modules) and I’ve been learning the system and getting used to it, trying my best to work around its limitations.

Since then, I’ve been making a list of modules I would like to purchase (ranging from $40 to $750 – yeah, I know, ridiculous) and made an agreement with myself not to buy a single module that wasn’t on sale.

So, I was pleasantly excited when the email this morning had the Complete Church Fathers (all 37 volumes) over half off! It’s at the top of my list.

You can read all of my reviews here.

But, for now, let’s talk Church Fathers!

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I finished several books this week as part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program. You can check them all out here. In this frantic reading sprint, the second book I finished was Celibacy in Crisis, which was supposed to be a treatment of celibacy in the Church. I assumed the “crisis” portion of the title was referencing the lack of celibacy given the modern compromising culture we live in today, but instead, the bulk of the book focused on child abuse by the hands of priests. Despite this, I persisted and found some interesting ideas, even though it was a bit off the subject of my current research.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

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I finished several books this week as part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program. You can check them all out here. One of the books I finished was Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. I’m not certain who he is. Never actually heard of him before I found his book on a library bookshelf. But, I picked up a copy and dug in, hopeful from the Amazon reviews that it would be a manual about manhood, what it would mean to be a man, and how to become one. The results were….well….let’s just say, less than earth shattering.

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On finishing my 24 Hour Through the Bible – OT Course at KI for my Unschooled Master’s of Theology in Biblical Studies program and chose to write a paper about which bible the New Testament Authors and the early Church Fathers used in the first few centuries of the faith.

You can read all of my uThM assignments here.

Let’s get started….

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It’s time again for another Research Journal update, where I provide information about my life, about my writing projects, and about my unschooled Master of Theology Program (uThM) and life at Eden.

So, let’s get going….

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I think I’ve finally figured out my research workflow for my Unschooled Master’s of Theology in Biblical Studies and thought I would share it with everyone. This article will cover my motivations, the tools used, the implementation of those tools, and where there are still deficiencies in the overall process.

You can read all of my uThM assignments here.

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Finished another course at Koinonia Institute and this is my review. I went throught the course materials for this course, Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Lecture 1-12 Old Testament more than twenty years ago while regretfully serving in the US Army overseas. Now, taking the course again, it was surprising how much I remembered from so long ago.

You can find all the coursework for my Unschooled Master of Theology Program by clicking here.

Let’s get started….

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I just finished watching the very last episode of Homeland, and I have to say, NOW THAT’S HOW YOU END A SHOW!

This tv series captivated me from the very first episode back in 2011, at the height of the double Wars in the Middle East, when suicide bombings were all the craze, and spies were in vogue – well – again.

But, this show was something different. Had something different. And that difference was easily identifiable.

Claire Danes.

You can read all of my tv show reviews here, but right now, let’s jump into all things Homeland, all things Carrie Mathison, and all things beautiful.

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Okay. I have to say, I usually turn bad movies off almost immediately. I mean, I’m not able to define bad acting, but I sure do know it when I see it. And, these two movies are full of bad acting. I’m not kidding. We’re talking D rated acting.

But, there was something really compelling about the story, I’m not really able to put my finger on it. Whatever it was, I ended up watching both movies all the way through, and I’ve come away from the experience wanting to know what happens with all the characters.

And, that’s pretty rare!

So, settle in for quite a story. Or, better yet, I think you should just watch the movies for yourself. If nothing else, they are HILARIOUSLY bad!

You can also read all of my movie reviews here.

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