Meme, indeed!

I have been challenged.

James, a.k.a. Peregrinato, got it from Terrance:

Boy in the Bands–Even though he won’t do this, cuz it isn’t quite his style. But that’s his choice; I still choose to nominate him!

Don’t challege me. I might take you up on it. (I’ll also quibble that this isn’t a meme, but a rather nice party game.)

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

Being a book meant preserving it for the future. The first thing that popped into my head with Philip Jacob Spener’s Pia Desideria (1675), or another work of pastoral care like Richard Baxter’s The Reformed Pastor (1657). (I have another of the same genre on my shelf, Thomas Brooks’s Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, (1652) which I bought mainly for the title.)

I bet you thought I was going to pick something Universalist. The problem is that Universalist works tend to be argumentative or very practical. If there can be only one book living in my head, it needs to be like one above. Universalism I know by heart anyway.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

I’ll repeat James: “Yes, many, including comic book characters. But that was a long time ago, and we won’t speak of such times.”

The last book you bought is…?

Hideaki Chijiiwa’s Color Harmony: A Guide to Creative Color Combinations. For the website. But that’s not what you meant, and since I’m mining my old collection for reading material, I can’t recall what else.

The last book you read is…?

David Christie-Murray’s A History of Heresy — a re-read, and why it has ever gone out of print is beyond me. If you see one used, get it. By using heresy as a borehole, it makes for a fine one volume survey into Christian history.

What are you currently reading?

On the nightstand, Jaroslav Pelikan’s Credo, and on the bus, William Barclay’s The Apostles’ Creed. The former I’ve only gotten through the introduction. The latter is promising apart from a seemingly naive chapter about “poor misunderstood” Pontius Pilate.

Five books you would take to a deserted island

I’ll assume a Bible since these lists usually assume a Bible and the Shakespearian corpus. Revised English Version, please.

I’ll get back to you on this.

Who are you going to pass this baton to (three persons)? And why?

  1. Adam, at Unity.
  2. ChaliceChick, at The Chalice Blog.
  3. Tom, at Prophet Motive.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. To be honest, I still don’t really get the concept of “meme”, and whenever I try to read about memes and then try to apply the concept of how memes are used in blogs, it all falls apart for me. So I call it a meme not because I understand the term or believe its a meme, but because everyone else calls it one. Ahh, language is grand.

    But I follow your party game* answers with great curiosity. Yes, I did expect a Universalist work, but I was happily surprised to see something Pietist on your list. Makes sense, too.

    *well, you are right about that aspect!

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