Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Explore, Experiment, Discover

"Instead of a necessarian view of the cosmos, the Bible envelops creation in contingency. We understand contingency in two contexts. First, creation is separate from the Creator and thereby dependent upon its Creator for its existence and life. In other words, the source and life of every aspect of the created order is the All-Wise, Transcendent God of Scripture. Second, since creation is God’s free choice, it could have been something else. God drafts creation as a fine artist. Creation is therefore laden with a multiplicity of treasure chests, each hiding a different aspect of His creative wisdom. God, therefore, commands man to “search it out.” The nature of the physical creation, i.e., the nature of objective reality, entreats man to engage his empirical skills to explore, experiment, discover."

-from The Incarnation of the Word and the Transformation of the Landscape of Mathematics by
James Nickel