A Brief Introduction to: Dr. Lord Bookstooge

I like to give my About page some awareness every once in a while, just to make it easier for those who follow me who might not have explored around my site (and can you blame them? I don’t explore too many of your sites!)

 

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Here are some things to know about me that might make your interactions a tiny bit easier. If you still have questions,  you can always email me:

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1) I am a pretty devout Christian. Weird personal mix of Baptist and 7th Day Adventist. To over-simplify it, that means I believe in the Bible literally and I go to church on Saturday instead of Sunday. It also means that it influences what I read, how I read and how I review.

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2) I am a Man. I cannot state this boldly enough or enough times. Be prepared. Mancakes Ahead!

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3) I like Science fiction, Fantasy, Classics [1900’s and earlier] and manga. I’ll read other stuff, but not regularly.

 

4) I tend to read 100+ books a year.

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5) Of the 5 Love Languages, [quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch] my main one is Words of affirmation. Or just words 🙂 Which means that I tend to post and comment quite a bit. I am NOT a once a week poster.

 

6) To go along with #1, I graduated from a non-accredited Bible school, so I’ve got a working man’s knowledge of how to be a Pastor, just not the actual degree. Or the temperament.

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7) I am NOT a people person. People wear me out, even online. Then I say things that later I sometimes regret. Then I need chicken fingers to recover!

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8) I am happily married to Mrs Bookstooge. So I’m sorry ladies, but I am not on the market.

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9) If you disagree with something in my posts or reviews, feel free to say so; IF you want to actually have a conversation with someone who disagrees with you. Most times I will try to move such conversations to email.

 

10) I am a land surveyor. I work outdoors year round in New England. The picture below is of me. It typifies why I like being a surveyor.

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49 thoughts on “A Brief Introduction to: Dr. Lord Bookstooge

  1. No shame in being a man! Stand up for your man rights!

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  2. gehmeyr says:

    Literal believe in the Bible, like „Earth is 8153 years old“? I‘ve recently read Ted Chiang’s wonderful piece „Omphalos“ and wonder what’s your take on it (my review‘s here: https://reiszwolf.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/omphalos-%e2%80%a2-speculative-fiction-novelette-by-ted-chiang/ )

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Correct. That is a good example of literal interpretation.

      I have not even heard of Omphalos. That doesn’t surprise me though, as it takes something to get me to try an unknown to me author.

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      • gehmeyr says:

        The story is an exclusive in his new collection „Exhalation“. Chiang only writes short stories, so far around 30 in summary since 1990. Maybe you‘ve noticed the film „Arrival“? That’s based on his novella „story of your life“.

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  3. YouKneeK says:

    Haha, to me “stooge” always translates to “man” even though I know that’s not necessarily accurate. But I grew up aware of (but never really watching) The Three Stooges, so that’s the first thing I associate the word with. It does seem like reading sites are disproportionately female, and BL was especially so (in reference to one of your other comments). The Green Dragon may be the closest ratio I’ve seen yet. I remember when I first started hanging on the internet, it was the other way around – far more men than women.

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  4. Wakizashi says:

    I’m shocked! All this time I was thinking your profile pic was you. I thought you were a dark mage or a lord of chaos. (My profile pic looks just like me;-)

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  5. Jenn says:

    Always nice to know a bit more about fellow bloggers and readers.
    Especially nice to meet bloggers who know their own minds and think differently than the collective ‘norm.’
    I look forward to reading more from you.

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  6. Will says:

    Yeah, so, I’ve been meaning to ask you what literal belief in the bible means exactly, I you don’t mind? Also, people can definitely suck, and there aren’t enough chicken fingers to deal with some of them.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I don’t mind at all 😀 The answer will definitely differ for each Christian you ask, but there are certain things.

      A couple of concrete examples. I believe that Genesis is a literal history book. It isn’t a myth or collection of stories meant to convey some “meaning”. The Earth was created 6000’ish years ago, fully formed.
      I believe that Noah’s flood was a literal world wide flood that wiped out humanity.
      I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, was crucified and then came to life again in 3 days.
      I believe that He will be returning at some point for the final judgement on all of humanity.
      I believe that the devil is real, supernatural being.

      Those are some good beginner points I think. 😀 I’m always glad to talk about and discuss things like that if someone has questions. As long as someone isn’t asking questions because they want “to win an argument”, I’m pretty ok with anything.

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      • Will says:

        Yeah, okay, I’m definitely not trying to “win” or even “argue”. I’m Catholic, btw. More or less, at least 😅, as some of my views are a bit… non-canonical. There’re are a few things I’d like to ask, if it’s alright?

        So first, I believe that humans are flawed, unlike God. So while the bible may be God’s Word, it isn’t literally, as the people that wrote it were subject to their own bias, beliefs and imperfections. Man was not meant to hear the voice of the divine. And since the bible was written in Hebrew and Aramaic and then subsequently translated to Greek, Latin, and finally to English—I feel like a lot could’ve been lost in translation. The pentateuch themselves were transcribed after years of oral tradition.I’m not trying to sow doubt or get you to justify anything, I’m just curious how you feel about that.

        Do you think that Adam and Eve begat the entire human race? I’ve never been able to accept that one personally, as there’re the people in the land of Nŏd to consider.

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        • gehmeyr says:

          Oooh, that will go into linguistics, right? Semantics, semiotics, adequacy of translation. And a lot of number theory (think of the Kabbala!).

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Glad you feel comfortable enough to ask. So here’s the answers for me. And don’t worry, nothing you ask or say is going to shake my beliefs 😀

          1) I think the Bible itself talks about this very issue. It talks about the Word of God being Spirit breathed. Which means that what the authors of each book wrote was directly from the Holy Spirit. They used the words they knew, but it was God’s direct word.

          2) The translation stuff. This is where Christianity differs from Islam in a word way. YOu want to be a real muslim, you have to read the Koran in the original language. But God has made it clear that He wants people to hear/read the Bible in their own language (a good example of this is in the New Testament where the disciples begin speaking in other languages so that all the foreigners can hear the Gospel about Jesus). The point about “lost in translation” IS a very valid one though. It is why most Christians take the whole “which version of the Bible do I read” very seriously. And why serious Christians don’t read interpretations like the New International Version until they have a firm understanding from a more literal translation.

          3) The pentateuch. I’m not so sure that everything leading up to Moses was just oral. I think mankind had writing from the get-go and it is only a modern evolutionary viewpoint (that things “progress” so the further back you go the worse things were) that heavily skews things towards the conclusion of an oral tradition only. And even if it was oral, once again, it all comes back to number 1. If Moses was the first man to write it all down, then I believe that he was being led by the Holy Spirit and thus what he wrote would be accurate.

          4) I do believe that Adam and Eve were the progenitors of the entire human race. You’d have to point out to me where it talks about the people of Nod, as what I read says that was where Cain was exiled and HE and his wives populated it.

          This has been a great conversation. I would suggest emailing me if you want to continue just because the sheer amount of words we’re typing would be easier to read in an email 🙂

          Bookstooge at gmaildot com

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      • Will says:

        Oh and uhhh… well, how do you feel about dinosaurs? Because, well, curiosity.

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        • piotrek says:

          I want to second that question… not only dinosaurs, but age of Earth in general, how do you deal with all the arguments, especially geological, working in the field you work in?

          Even more general, do you see a need to discuss such things, or is the Bible as a source enough, and you don’t feel the need to analyse other theories?

          And, someone else mentioned translation, which version is canonical to you?

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          • Bookstooge says:

            I answered the dinosaur question in my reply to Will.

            For the most part, I defer to Christian scientists for specifics. I do know that what you believe pretty much guarantees how you are going to interpret things like geology. I also think that a lot of philosophy bleeds over and scientists try to make statements they have no business making.

            I do think it is important to keep on learning about our world. Not because knowledge is a goal in and of itself, but because the Universe is God’s creation and the more we learn about it, the more we learn about Him. It is a matter of glorifying Him.

            The main reason for me not believing evolution (which has SO many of the same characteristics of a religion that any honest person has to treat it as such) is theological. I know a lot of Christians who don’t believe like that though, so I definitely acknowledge this is not a clear cut, easy to define subject 🙂

            I wouldn’t say any one version is canonical, but I do prefer the more literal translations like the New English Version or even the NET Bible (and the net bible is great if you want to see the how/why of how they interpreted things. You get half a page of Scripture, then half a page of their research, etc). I am currently reading the New Living Translation, which is much more of a “the essence of the message is” paraphrase than an actual translation. While it is refreshing, I’m only comfortable with that because I’ve had years of more literal translations under my belt.

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            • piotrek says:

              NET Bible – very nice online version, with multiple translations and a lot of footnotes – I’ve bookmarked it for future reference, thanks.

              Well, I can certainly respect your way of thinking, thanks for writing about it. Obviously, I have mine, for instance, I see multiple ideologies where you see many religions 😉

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              • Bookstooge says:

                I can understand your view of ideologies vs religions if you don’t believe there that God has revealed Himself explicitly to mankind.

                As for the net bible, a friend of mine who got his degree/s in biblical theology turned me onto it. It’s been a while since I’ve looked it over, so I have no idea what has been discovered since the early ’00’s.

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        • Bookstooge says:

          I think that the dinosaurs lived on the earth from Adam to Noah and were wiped out in the flood. That gets into modern dating systems and interpretations of geological layers, etc, so that opens up whole new vistas of conversation 🙂
          Plus, movies like Jurassic Park grossly misinterpret just how predatory they were, etc, in my opinion. From the little hands and the very shallow teeth roots, I’m convinced that the t-rex was a scavenger, not some “king of the dinosaurs”.

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  7. I love that mancakes logo! I agree with you about not being a people person-I do everything I can to avoid the general public, I hate using the phone and only answer the door to postmen and deliveries!

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  8. That pic of your workplace looks amazing. Though I imagine having an outdoor “office” is a bit different in the winter months…

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  9. How do you like being a surveyor? I love the idea of being able to do the majority of your work outdoors and seeing some great sights…but I bet it can get pretty tough especially depending on the season!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I really like being a field technician. I’ve worked enough other types of jobs between ’08-’15 to know that I’ll stick with surveying as long as I can. With this new company I’m at I’ve had the chance to be indoors a bit and I can’t tell if it is the company or the actual work, but I hate being inside.
      But I love working outdoors, and will take a bad day outdoors any day…

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  10. Hahaaha chicken fingers. I too don’t think there’s enough of those to compensate the burden of socializing! 😛 Good idea of a post though. I feel like many newcomers, especially non-commenting ones, don’t always know who they’re actually following!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Considering that 3/4 of the people who “follow” me I never hear from again beyond the initial follow, I have no way of telling if they’re still sticking around or not.
      At least this way those who are considering actually sticking around can make a slightly better informed choice 🙂

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  12. This was a great post and much appreciated- mostly cos now I know to compliment your *magnificent self* whenever I comment from now on 😉

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