Happy Birthday, Dickens!

Today is Charles Dickens’ birthday!  The only Dickens book that I have ever read is A Christmas Carol (see my write-ups on that here and here).  I watched movies for David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities, and Oliver Twist.  They were pretty entertaining movies.  I think of the manipulative spinster in Great Expectations; the abusive step-father and the slimy Uriah Heap in David Copperfield; the drunk who laid down his life for somebody else in Tale of Two Cities; and the story in Oliver Twist about an orphan who suffers poverty until he learns that he is part of a rich family.  Good heroes.  Villains who catch one’s attention.  Good stories.  I should probably read the books sometime, but I have a hard time with Dickens’ thick style.  I have been interested when people have told me that Dickens was a Christian, however.  And he apparently had strong beliefs, for he is a critic of Sabbatarianism in A Christmas Carol (see my links above).

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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