19 January 2008

Sleep, books, Japanese metaphysics

The sleep study was a bust! The sensors wouldn't stay on for some reason. The poor tech had to come into the room several times in the night to reattach sensors and replace broken connectors and wires. I told her it was my Dominican Brain Power (DBP) that was shorting the wires.

I've updated the Phil/Theo Wish List to include several books on the evangelical movement called "Open Theology." I don't know much about it, but it looks like an interesting read of scripture and historical theology. . . not to mention it's use of process philosophy. I think the more orthodox evangelicals have more or less trounced the movement institutionally, but it may prove useful as an example to Catholic liberals who want to rely too heavily on "correlationist" philosophies in theological work.

I ended up using two of my B&N gift cards from Christmas to buy the Japanese metaphysics books. Several faithful readers wrote to express some anxiety about my reading direction: Buddhist metaphysics!!! In my defense: I'm a Dominican. Dominicans read everything with a critical eye. I'm as orthodox now as I have ever been. So, no worries, people!

God bless, Fr. Philip, OP


  1. Glad you're not becoming a Buddhist Fr!

  2. Mrs. Jackie,

    Been there, done that...got the zazen mat.

    I will say this: I find Buddhism fascinating. Unlike my Catholic aesthetic, which lends heavily to the Gothic, my "Buddhist aesthetic" is decidedly Japanese Zen. If I believed in reincarnation, I would say that at one point in one of my lives I was a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk...and probably not a very good one...sigh...

    Fr. Philip, OP