Episodes in a Reading Life: Smith Family Bookstore, Eugene, Oregon

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  1. Hi, Doug. I will add “penumbra” to my vocabulary. I recently bought 1000 vocabulary cards for the GRE. Twenty cards for fifty days will get me through the heap. That’s not bad at all. I enjoy vocabulary learning.
    Smith Family Bookstore sounds like a great place to wander and wonder. Perhaps stumble upon Kurt Koch, Edward John Carnell, Gordon Clark, Ronald Nash, or Walter Martin books. A 10$ hardcover from 1964 of Carnell’s An Introduction to Christian Apologetics is currently for sale on eBay, still graced with its original dust jacket. There was an older set of God, Revelation, and Authority by Henry on there for $49, but it is gone. My most recent additions from the past month, mostly from Amazon, are:
    – The New Mormon Challenge, Editor: Beckwith
    – A Survey of Metaphysics, E.J. Lowe
    – Metaphysics: The Big Questions, Eds.: van Inwagen and Zimmerman (a Ph.D in philosophy at Rutgers would be nice!)
    – Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays, Leibniz
    – A Case for Premillennialism: A New Consensus, Editor: Donald K. Campbell
    – How to Write a Philosophy Paper, James S. Stramel
    – Philosophical Writing: An Introduction, A.P. Martinich
    – Writing Philosophy: A Student’s Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays, Lewis Vaughn
    – The Existentialists (1968), James Collins
    – The Art of Public Speaking, Tenth Edition (a great textbook used college courses) Stephen Lucas
    – An Introduction to Existentialism (1962), Robert G. Olson
    – How to Read Wittgenstein, Ray Monk
    – The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology in the Twentieth Century, Second Edition, David F. Ford
    – 20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age, Stanley J. Grenz
    – The Empiricists: Locke: Concerning Human Understanding; Berkeley: Principles of Human Knowledge & 3 Dialogues; Hume: Concerning Human Understanding
    – The Rationalists: Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadology & Discourse on Metaphysics
    – Audiobook: Church History in Plain Language, Fourth Edition, Bruce Shelley
    – Handbook of Evangelical Theologians (1993), Editor: Walter A. Elwell
    – Expository Hermeneutics: an Introduction, Elliot Johnson
    – Things Which Become Sound Doctrine: Doctrinal Studies of Fourteen Crucial Words of Faith, J. Dwight Pentecost
    – Being and Having – An Existentialist Diary, Gabriel Marcel
    – Homo Viator: Introduction to a Metaphysic of Hope, Gabriel Marcel
    – The Parables of Jesus, J. Dwight Pentecost
    – The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy Second Edition ($4.44!) I needed a new copy, the copy I had was stolen
    – The Flowering of Old Testament Theology: a Reader in Twentieth-Century Old Testament Theology, Eds: Ben C. Ollenberger, Elmer A. Martens, Gerhard F. Hasel
    – He That is Spiritual; A Classic Study of the Biblical Doctrine of Spirituality, Lewis Sperry Chafer

    Your manuscript for Philosophy in Seven Sentences is finished, correct?

  2. Sounds like heaven man. Nothing beats this kind of experience; perusing, smelling the books, delightfully being overwhelmed. I’ve had a related experience with a bookstore in Pasadena California called the “Archives”.

  3. I too have fond memories of the Smith Family Bookstore indeed — but I am quite certain you read about 20x as many books as I did.

    Additionally I also have fond memories of the fine teaching from Dr. MacArthur and Pastor Mike Hilty. I was a new believer back then and those Conservative Baptists taught me the Word of God — for which I am grateful to this day to have been so firmly rooted in.

    And I am beyond grateful to the McKenzie Study Center where I had the opportunity to meet you as well as be taught by you and some other wonderful thinkers. 35 years later these experiences left an impact on me which is felt to this day — much of which has been handed down to our sons who now love the Word of God

    Thank you my friend. I am so exceptionally grateful. And thank you for being a true voice in the wilderness all these years later.

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