Saturday, October 22, 2011

Currently Reading: Vampire A Go-Go & The Faiths of the Founding Fathers

I’ve started two books recently, one fiction and one nonfiction.  I took a break from Our Band Could Be Your Life to read the latest books by Michael Scott and Terry Brooks.  I’m still working on Our Band… but will dive back into it more fully later. 

Title:  Vampire A Go-Go (Official, Amazon)

Vampire A Go-Go is a satirical horror novel.  Author Victor Gischler described the book on its website by stating
What's Vampire A Go-Go like?  Well, a pal of mine recently said it was very Joss Whedon-ish.  I think that's a pretty cool way to describe it, but you'll have to read it and decide for yourself.  In short, I wanted to take all of my favorite horror stuff -- vampires, witches, werewolves, zombies, alchemists, wizards, everything and the kitchen sink -- and wrap it all up in a Dan Brown, Clive Cussler find-the-ancient-treasure style story, complete with a thick frosting of parody on top.  I hope you'll follow our hapless hero Allen Cabbot as he journeys to Prague to poke his nose into dark dungeons and old libraries in a quest for the lost secrets of the alchemists.
So far I’m only about 30 pages in but I can certainly agree that the protagonist Allen Cabbot is fairly hapless.  The book is also a fun a comfortable read up to this point.  I can’t wait to see what the vampires, witches, werewolves, and company are like in Gischler’s world. 

Title:  The Faiths of the Founding Fathers (Oxford University Press, Amazon, Wikipedia)
Author:  David L. Holmes (Wikipedia)

The Faiths of the Founding Fathers takes a look not only at the religious views of the Founding Father themselves but also at the religious climate of the colonies that would become the United States.  The following is from the Wikipedia entry about the book –
The main thesis of the book is that the American (U.S.) Founding Fathers fell into three religious categories: first, the smallest group, founders who had left their Judeo-Christian heritages and become advocates of the Enlightenment religion of nature and reason called "Deism". These figures included Thomas Paine and Ethan Allen.
The second smallest group consisted of the founders who remained practicing Christians. They retained a supernaturalist worldview, a belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ, and an adherence to the teachings of their denomination. These founders included Patrick HenryJohn Jay, and Samuel Adams. Holmes also finds that most of the wives and daughters of the founders fell into this category.
The largest group, he declares, consisted of founders who retained Christian loyalties and practice but were influenced by Deism. They believed in little or none of the miracles and supernaturalism inherent in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Holmes finds a spectrum of such Deistic Christians among the founders, ranging from John Adams and George Washington on the conservative right to Benjamin Franklin and James Monroe on the skeptical left.


Otter Limits said...

I wonder which category Thomas Jefferson fell into?

Dave said...

That's a good question. I'll let you know once I find out.