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CollectionsYour library (3,732), Ecclesiology (64), sociology (147), science fiction (16), Math (2), language (23), drama (15), biology (25), sermons (240), poetry (88), spirituality (316), biography (92), art (75), church history (284), ethics (296), education (15), literary criticism (169), Fiction (119), horticulture (23), humor (82), Bible (585), children (126), food (5), theology (1,173), political philosophy (95), psychology (487), Philosophy (533), History (255), humor (16), Currently reading (1), science (56), Ministry (52), All collections (3,761)

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About meI am a pastor in Southwest Virginia, married to a librarian and father to two wonderful daughters, one a pastor and one an art historian, and grandfather on a grandson in Winchester, VA.

About my libraryCataloging my books has helped me see my interests, my perennial questions: faith and science; epistemology more broadly; the continuing viability of ancient philosophy; the connection between beauty, truth and goodness with particular interest in the connection between art and spirituality; the deep well of Scripture; and imagination as a window on reality.


Favorite authorsWendell Berry, H. Richard Niebuhr, Reinhold Niebuhr, Flannery O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesPittsylvania County Public Library, Chatham Branch

Real nameDavid W. Adkins

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceSep 30, 2009

Currently readingSources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity by Charles Taylor

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You have a lot of interesting books and interests. Any recommendations on books about the Bible (i.e. Biblical Studies)?
I have gone public (out of the bookshelf, shall we say) and I have by fits and starts begun to more completely catalogue my books. I am happy to hear you have been to the Norton Simon. I have been working my way through their collection a few paintings or sculptures at a time. Art helps me think. From art cascades a flow of ideas, some seemingly unrelated to the work I am before. But chiefly I think I have become griped by art as a human communion.
I too have been absorbed by perrenial questions of the relationship between religion and science. Some works by Michael Polanyi and D.Z. Philips have helped me; the one to better understand the nature of scientific pursuit and the other to appreciate the legitimacy of Biblical language/perspectives within a practical form of life, free of demythologizing.
You mentioned a garden you visited out this way. Perhaps it was Descanso, or the Huntington, or maybe the Arboretum. I live across the street from the Arboretum which is a wonderful place to take summer morning walks. There is a primitive jungle that within it so envelopes one as to easily transport our imagination to distant places and times.
I just realized that I know who you are; I knew your daughter Kristin up in the Shenandoah Valley. I was the pastor of Stanley Baptist Church, a small town near Luray, and Kristin and I were the same CBF peer learning group. It is a small world. I finally made the decision that I was a much better fit for Disciples life, even when it came to CBF. Thanks for the encouragment with the DMin.
You are right about the difficulty involved with moving books. I did notice you have all of Walker Percy's books, he is my favorite novelist. Also, saw some things in your library by W.T. Connor, the Baptist theologian of another era. Just curious, what do you do?
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