Sunday Picture Post

Well, I hope that all of you are having a great weekend! I don’t actually watch much television any more, but when I do I am continually surprised at how asinine commercials have become. I find it continually amazing that they are so thoroughly painful. Anyway, as you know, we like to take Sundays off, but I went and found you this, hope you enjoy it… …it’s Star Wars:


Sunday Picture Post

Well, my goal last night was to get a paper written and I almost got it finished… I ran into a snag when I realized that I left a book that I need at home when I went out for the evening :P. So, as you know we like to take Sundays off at the Art of Writing. However, I was discussing Thomas Muntzer, Melchior Hoffman, and the Munster rebellion last night. If you’ve never heard of it I won’t be too surprised… it’s kind of a theology nerd thing. However, in 1534 a group of Christian radicals (one of the Anabaptist groups of the time) took over the city of Munster and attempted to set up a communal government based, in some ways, off of the teachings of Hoffman and Muntzer. This… didn’t work well. In 1534 Franz Von Waldeck set the city under a siege which lasted a little over a year. During the siege the Anabaptists in the city set up a community of goods (i.e. communism), legalized polygamy, and eventually fell into cannibalism. Anyway, the conversation inspired your pictures for today :):

Anabaptists plundering the Churches and breaking the Images


Sunday Picture Post

So, I don’t know how many of you follow the archaeological news, but a group of oceanographers and archaeologists just announced that their pretty sure they’ve found the lost city of Atlantis, which is pretty darn cool! There were a bunch of pictures in the article, but I only snagged one of them before my computer shut down on me… updates always kill me. Anyway, I’ve got it here and I’m sorry that I can’t post the full article.

Psyche! Okay, so I'm a big fat liar. There is no article, and this is not a picture of Atlantis. Sorry... it is a pretty cool picture though.
Psyche! Okay, so I’m a big fat liar. There is no article, and this is not a picture of Atlantis. Sorry… it is a pretty cool picture though.

Sunday Picture Post

Well, welcome to Sunday. Next week my girlfriend and I are planning on putting up the first in a series of co-authored posts that should prove… well, interesting and enlightening at the very least. However, this week we’re taking the day off. So, enjoy this amazing picture and have immense amounts of fun!


Sunday Reading List

So, I’ve been saying that I’m going to post my reading list from this semester, and the semester is just about over. So, here is the list of works that I read this semester. This includes all of the assigned books from my classes, the fiction I read, some other books I read, and some (but not all) of the works I read for research. All in all, and this is admittedly a guess because I haven’t had time to actually calculate everything out, I think I’ve done somewhere in the neighborhood of ten thousand pages of reading in the past few months. I was quite a hall… now to do it all over again next semester. I swear, I’m not a masochist.

Terry Irwin, Plato’s Ethics
David O. Brink, Moral Realism and The Foundations of Ethics
Daniel A. Putnam, Human Excellence: Dialogues in Virtue Theory
Inazo Nitobe, Bushido: The Soul of Japan
Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
Richard Cavandish, The Tarot (Partial)
Benjamin Farley, In Praise of Virtue
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics
Karl Barth, God in Action
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
Bryan Van Norden, Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy
H. Richard Niebuhr, The Responsible Self
Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Oleg Benesch, Bushido in the Meiji Dynasty
C.S. Lewis, “On Ethics”
Walter Rauschenbusch, A Theology for the Social Gospel
Leon Gautier, Chivalry
James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, The Blood Gospel
James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, Innocent Blood
Joseph Fletcher, Situation Ethics
Chuck Hogan, The Strain
Ed. Xiusheng Liu and Philip Ivanhoe, Essays on the Moral Philosophy of Mengzi
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis, A Pilgram’s Regress
Philip J. Ivanhoe, Ethics in the Confucian Tradition
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Andrew Downing, “Sin and It’s Relevance to Human Nature in the Summa Theologicae”
John Haldane, “Philosophy, the Restless Heart and the Meaning of Theism”
Matthew Elliot, “The Emotional Core of Love: The Centrality of Emotion in Christian Psychology and Ethics”
Dolores Puterbaugh, “The Screwtape Letters: Sophistication and Self-Absorption”
Lowell Garetner, “It’s not WEIRD it’s WRONG: When Researchers Overlook uNderlying Genotypes they will Not Detect Universal Processes”
Edmund Pincoffs, Quandries and Virtues: Against Reductivism in Ethics
Jay Richards, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem
Susan K. Allard-Nelson, An Aristotelian Approach to Ethics: The Norms of Virtue
John Murray, Principles of Conduct
Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith (Partial)
Cornelius Van Til, In Defense of the Faith Volume 3: Christian Theistic Ethics
Kwong-Loi Shun and David Wong, Confucian Ethics: A Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy, and Community
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
C.S. Lewis, “The Psalms”
Tom Nelson, Work Matters
John M. Rist, Plato’s Moral Realism
Carl F.H. Henry, Christian Personal Ethics
Stephen Angle and Michael Slote, Virtue Ethics and Confucianism
Norman Vance, Sinews of the Spirit: The Ideal of Christian Manliness in Victorian Literature and Religious Thought
J. Daryl Charles, Virtue Amidst Vice: The Catalog of Virtues in 2 Peter 1
Yiu Sing Lucas Chan, The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real Life
Karl Marx, Theories of Surplus Value (Partial)
Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto (Partial)
Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (Partial)
Chuck Hogan, The Night Eternal

Sunday Picture Post

Well, I got to spend most of the day today nerding out about miniatures while exploring a couple of local hobby shops… my girlfriend is kind of amazing for putting up with me. Anyway, while I didn’t find anything from Megalith Games (at the moment the only distributors they have in the states [that I know of at least] are Noble Knight Games and Warpath Games), but I did find a lot of Infinity, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, and Warmahordes stuff… none of which I can afford at the moment, but that’s okay. I do, however, have a few more picture of Il Nano Nefasto’s awesome miniatures done up for Megalith’s Godslayer game. Here we have the Halodyne’s Cerberus and the Mortan’s Cataclysm Catapult:




Sunday Picture Post

Welcome to November, everyone! If your planning to do NaNoWriMo then my best wishes go out to you. May your writing go well and quickly… it’ll have to. Anyway, it’s Sunday, and as you all know we take Sundays off here at the Art of Writing. However, I do have some more pictures from Il Nano Nefasto for you of miniatures from Megalith Game’s Godslayer game. These are the Feral Greyhorns! The heavy hitters for the Troglodytes faction. While not one of my factions, they are very awesome, and I have to say that one of my favorite things about Godslayer is that there is something I honestly love about every faction in the game!



Sunday Picture Post

Well, I probably didn’t get enough sleep last night, but that’s par for the course. Putting final touches on my first major paper in this program. Anyway, I went and found you this piece of art – it’s from a card in the Avacyn line for Magic the Gathering (which tends to have gorgeous card art if your not familiar with them).


Sunday Picture Post

Well, it’s Sunday, which means that it’s time for our day off (from the blog at least :P). I still have a lot of reading to do today. However, I hope that you all have a truly wonderful day! If you love miniatures games then I strongly suggest checking out Bluetable Painting’s Youtube channel (lots of fun stuff there). I also got permission to share some photos from one of Megalith Miniature’s painters so here’s a big thanks to Il Nano Nefasto! And here’re his pictures:

The Halodyne's Godquester Warlord!
The Halodyne’s Godquester Warlord!




Sunday Picture Post

So, I am deliriously happy at the moment. I finished my first major Ph.D. level research paper last night. It is twenty pages long (double-spaced), has a twelve page appendix, and about forty sources. It also tops out at a hundred footnotes, but that includes the appendices. I have it edited, and I’ve got two readers who are planning to look through it and give me feedback before I submit the paper. All in all, I’m fairly happy with it, and if it goes over well, I think I might try to publish it somewhere. A lot of work certainly went into the paper, that’s for sure. So, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past three days. How have you all been? Seriously, leave a comment and let us know. Also, as of sometime this week the blog is officially at 2000 followers. I have to admit that I’d love to hit 3000 by Christmas. We’ll see if that happens. Anyway, I did find something that I thought was worthy of expressing my inner joy at the moment. If you get it, good for you. If you don’t… well, I pity you.

Star Wars Cast