THE THIN RED LINE (FILM)
TERRANCE MAILICK, DIR.
Interestingly, for some of the books, movies, songs, paintings, etc. that had the strongest impact on me I am unable to say why this is so. For some of them, I do not even have a clue what their message is. As an example, I choose Terrence Malick’s movie The Thin Red Line.
REASON & RELIGIOUS BELIEF: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
MICHAEL PETERSON, WILLIAM HASKER, BRUCE REICHENBACH, DAVID BASINGER
As a second notable work, I therefore choose a piece for which it is easier to explain its influence on me. It is Reason and Religious Belief. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.
This book will forever hold a special place in my heart and memory. When I was a young student, my best friend proposed weekly discussions on a chapter of this book. The meetings always included cooking spaghetti (375 grams for two persons -- we were young back then...). The type of thinking and debating I learned on these occasions shaped much of what I did later on. Philosophy of religion in its breadth and variety proved to be a perfect “entry-door” to philosophy more generally. And textbooks are a genre that I actually quite like (to this day and even in subject areas I know).
Growing up in the German-speaking world, I was familiar with the idea of philosophy using impenetrable language to express grand but dubious ideas. Discovering the more analytically oriented type of philosophy was an epiphany. I was fascinated by qualities such as respect for a clear and simple style, a certain humbleness as well as reverence for common sense, an open-minded approach with arguments at the core of the book, a genuine interest in comprehensible answers to deep and relevant questions, etc.