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June 3rd, 2018 

'Generation Of Swine' Gonzo Papers Vol. 2 Tales Of Shame And Degradation In The 80's by Hunter S. Thompson

'A Soldier of the Great War' a novel by Mark Helprin

'The Painted Bird' a novel by Jerzy Kosinski

'The Witch And Other Tales Re-Told' by Jean Thompson

'Immortality' a novel by Milan Kundera

'Love in a Cold Climate' a novel by Nancy Mitford

'American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy Of J. Robert Oppenheimer' biography by Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin

'Cod: A Biography Of The Fish That Changed The World' by Mark Kurlansky

'The Secret Cord' historical fiction by Geraldine Brooks

'Absurdistan' a novel by Gary Shteyngart

'Shantaram' a novel by Gregory David Roberts

'The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification' by Paul Roberts

'The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom 1879-1960' by Douglas Brinkley

'The Unloved' a novel by Deborah Levy

'The Colorist' a novel by Susan Daitch

'One Fat Englishman' a novel by Kingsley Amis

'The Rising Gorge' essays by S.J. Perelman

'31 Days: Gerald Ford, The Nixon Pardon, And A Government In Crisis' by Barry Werth

'Out of the Shelter' a novel by David Lodge

'The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 An Experiment in Literary Investigation' by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn Translated from the Russian by Thomas P. Whitney (Parts I-IV) and Harry Willetts (Parts V-VII) Authorized Abridgment with a New Introduction by Edward E. Ericson, Jr.

'The Return' stories by Roberto Bolano translated by Chris Andrews

'Chaos: Making A New Science' by James Gleick

'An Uncommon Woman: The Empress Frederick: Daughter Of Queen Victoria, Wife Of The Crown Prince Of Prussia, Mother Of Kaiser Wilhelm' biography by Hannah Pakula

'Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-Eight Nights' a novel by Salman Rushdie

'Joseph Anton: A Memoir' by Salman Rushdie
1. How old is your oldest living relative?
2. As an adult, have you ever been in a fight?
3. Have you ever been slapped in public?
4. What's the largest non-human animal you've seen in person?
5. Have you ever had serious surgery?
6. If you could only compare the novels of Cormac McCarthy to one kind of garbage,
7. Who'd be your dream-casting for Superman?
8. What's the greatest amount of physical pain you've ever been in?
9. Do you believe in a god or gods?
10. Have you ever been good-and-properly drunk?
11. To the best of your knowledge, what's the closest you've ever come to death?
12. Which Star Trek character would the person who knows you best compare you to?
13. Have you ever had your life radically changed by a book?
14. Is there a universally-beloved classic you simply don't like?
15. What is your dream profession?
16. Is there an entire genre of reading you're bugged you haven't fully explored?
17. When you people-watch, what's the main thing you notice?
18. Barring the unforeseeable, what's the most likely way you'll die?
19. Have you visited any of the wonders of the world, ancient or modern?
20. What are your main superpowers?
21. Have you ever met any famous people?
22. Have you ever slept out of doors?
23. Would you make a good parent? Or, if you're already a parent, how much do your children hate you?
24. New Kids on the Block or the Backstreet Boys?
25. Have you ever been on-stage in front of an audience?
26. At the moment, what's your favourite non-BookTube YouTube channel?
27. Have you ever passed out while sober?
28. How strong are you? Physically? Intellectually? Emotionally?
It is in the flow of cosmic time 10:42 AM Sunday morning here in West Michigan. Existence keeps flowing by. It is a cold gray damp wet rainy day. This year we have had a very wet Spring. I am sure the corn fields are pure mud these days.

I got up this morning around 7:02 AM. I got up made a fresh pot of coffee and ate some watermelon for breakfast. I then messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary. Carol left for church early because they were having a prayer meeting before the main worship service. It amazes me that my wife can pray with strangers. I have a difficult time praying for people who are strangers or who do not know I exist. I think my wife loves people.

I made a video after my wife left this morning. I have not gotten around to reading anything this morning. I am out of it. I did fed the birds this morning. I put out for the woodpeckers fresh suet.

Last night I watched television with my wife and read from a book titled, 'Generation of Swine: Gonzo Papers Vol. 2 Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's' by Hunter S. Thompson.

I have no plans for the day ahead of me. It is too wet to go anywhere. I suppose I will close to drift.

VanRaalte Farm
The Devil's Redemption, 2 volumes
A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism
by: Michael J. McClymond

Will all people eventually be saved? Will all evil finally turn to good, or does some evil remain fully and stubbornly opposed to God and God's goodness? Will even the devil be redeemed?

The question of the devil's final salvation has been continuously debated since the time of Origen. This comprehensive book surveys the history of Christian universalism from the second to the twenty-first century and offers an interpretation of how and why universalist belief arose. Michael McClymond explores what the church has taught about universal salvation and hell and offers a critique of universalism from a biblical, philosophical, and theological standpoint. He shows that the effort to extend grace to everyone undermines the principle of grace for anyone.


Volume 1
0.1. Uncovering a Gnostic-Kabbalist-Esoteric Tradition
0.2. Linking Esoteric Universalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
0.3. Two Christian Strands: Origenism and Böhmism
0.4. The Theme of Divine Self-Alienation and Self-Return
0.5. Contrasts between Esoteric and Exoteric Christian Theologies
0.6. Theological Issues: Preexistence, Wisdom, Punishment, and Rationalism
0.7. The Late Twentieth-Century Tilt toward Universalism
0.8. Divine Drama in Bulgakov, Barth, Balthasar, Tillich, and Moltmann
0.9. Scripture, Reason, and Experience in Universalist Argumentation
0.10. A Theological Irony: Universalism's Eclipse of Grace
1. Final Salvation: Church Teachings and Newer Views
1.1. Mainline Protestants: The Turn toward Universalism
1.2. Roman Catholics: Traditionalists versus "Hopeful Universalists"
1.3. Eastern Orthodoxy: Official Teachings and Private Opinions
1.4. Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Charismatics: Newcomers to Universalism
1.5. Should Everyone Be Told? Universalism as a Secret Gospel
1.6. Christ's Descent to the Dead and the Larger Hope
1.7. The Old Catholic Purgatory and the New
1.8. Protestants Debating Hell: From the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries
1.9. Recent Catholic Discussions of Death and Hell
1.10. British Evangelicals and the Debate over Conditionalism
1.11. Summary and Conclusions on Church Teachings
2. Ancient Afterlives: The Gnostic, Kabbalist, and Esoteric Roots of Christian Universalism
2.1. Near Eastern and Greco-Roman Cultures: From Shadows to Immortal Souls
2.2. Jewish Afterlives: Bodies, Souls, Resurrection, and Judgment
2.3. Evidence for Second- and Third-Century Gnostic Universalism
2.4. Medieval Gnosis: Catharist Universalism
2.5. Core Concepts of Kabbalah
2.6. Universalist Tendencies in Kabbalah
2.7. Early Christian Cabala: Guillaume Postel
2.8. Dutch Jews in the 1600s: The Morteira-Aboab Debate on Eternal Punishment
2.9. Multilevel Heavens in Swedenborgianism and Mormonism
2.10. The Universalism of Sadhu Sundar Singh
2.11. Gnostic and Esoteric Models for Reunion with the Divine
2.12. Summary and Conclusions on Gnostic, Kabbalistic, and Esoteric Universalisms
3. "The End Is Like the Beginning": Origen and Origenism, 200-410 CE
3.1. The Modern Rehabilitation of Origen and Origenism
3.2. The Question of Origen's Texts
3.3. Clement of Alexandria and the Question of Universalism
3.4. Origen's Intellectual Backdrop and Cosmic Vision
3.5. The Vexatious Issue of Preexistent Souls
3.6. Origen's Theology: God, Souls, Angels, Demons, Salvation, and the Eschaton
3.7. Origen's Biblical Interpretation and the Cleansing Fire of Conscience
3.8. Debated Issues on Origen and the Arguments of the Anti-Origenians
3.9. Gregory of Nyssa's Revised Origenism
3.10. Final Confluence in Evagrius of Pontus
3.11. The First Origenist Controversy, I: Beginnings under Epiphanius
3.12. The First Origenist Controversy, II: Conflict in Egypt under Theophilus
3.13. The First Origenist Controversy, III: The Jerome-Rufinus Debate
3.14. Summary and Conclusions on Origen and Origenism, 200-410 CE
4. "That God May Be All in All": Origen and Origenism, 410-1700 CE
4.1. Fifth-Century Coptic Anti-Origenism: Shenoute of Atripe
4.2. Non-Universalist Syriac Authors: Aphrahat, Ephrem, Isaac of Antioch, and Narsai
4.3. Augustine's Conceptual Analysis and Critique of Origen
4.4. Hierarchical Neoplatonism: Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite
4.5. Stephen bar Sudaili and the Book of the Holy Hierotheos
4.6. Bar Sudaili and Thirteenth-Century Mesopotamia: Bar Hebraeus, George Washnaya, and Simon the Persecuted
4.7. Sixth-Century Origenism in the Letters of Severus of Antioch and Barsanuphius
4.8. Maximus the Confessor's Critique of Origenism
4.9. The Universalist Theology of Isaac the Syrian
4.10. The Speculative System of John Scotus Eriugena
4.11. Thomas Aquinas as a Critic of Origen
4.12. Soundings in European Origenism, 1200-1650 CE
4.13. Origenism in Seventeenth-Century England: Rust, Parker, and Conway
4.14. Origenism's "Swan Song": The Bayle-Le Clerc Exchange
4.15. Toward Universalist Rationalism: Andrew Michael Ramsay and David Hartley
4.16. Summary and Conclusions on Origen and Origenism, 410-1700 CE
5. "In Yes and No All Things Consist": The Theosophic World of Jakob Böhme and the Böhmists of Germany, England, America, France, and Russia
5.1. Jakob Böhme: Life and Legend
5.2. Divergent Interpretations of Böhme's Thought
5.3. An Outline and Summary of Böhme's Theology
5.4. The Böhmist Shift to Universalism
5.5. Böhmist Receptions: Sectarian, Churchly, Esoteric, Literary, and Philosophical
5.6. Johann Georg Gichtel and the Early German Böhmists
5.7. Gerrard Winstanley, Jane Lead, and the Philadelphian Movement in England
5.8. Johann and Johanna Petersen and German and German-American Pietistic Universalism
5.9. British Böhmism: William Law, George MacDonald, Andrew Jukes, and Thomas Erskine
5.10. Universalism against a Backdrop of French Illuminism, Esotericism, and Occultism
5.11. Martines de Pasqually and the Emergence of French Martinism
5.12. Martinism under Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin
5.13. The Rise of Russian Böhmism prior to Solovyov
5.14. Summary and Conclusions on Böhme and Böhmist Universalism
6. A House Divided: The Rise and Fall of the Anglo-American Universalists
6.1. Sectarians and Pietists: German Roots of American Universalism
6.2. George de Benneville and Paul Siegvolck's Everlasting Gospel
6.3. Caleb Rich and Body-Soul Dualism
6.4. James Relly and Calvinistic Universalism
6.5. John Murray and Rellyan Universalism in America
6.6. Elhanan Winchester and Transatlantic Restorationist Universalism
6.7. From Calvinism to Universalism to Unitarianism in Britain
6.8. Hosea Ballou and the Restorationist Controversy
6.9. Internal Tensions and Contradictions in Anglo-American Universalism
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