Both the Tao Te Ching and the Gospel of Thomas are works written over two thousand years ago. Obviously, the originals are in different languages than modern English. Many translations (really interpretations) in English vary greatly and generally need annotations and/or commentaries to comprehend. My purpose is to make these two important works easily readable and understandable to the common person.
Thinking Critically is a compilation of some of my work dealing with ideas and scenarios regarding philosophy of life issues. The purpose is for readers to utilize them as exercises in helping to improve their ability to think more critically.
The Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching: A twenty-first century English interpretation by Jerome A. Dirnberger
Jerome interprets the Tao Te Ching to reflect the philosophy of Lao Tzu’s original 81 short poems as applied to the environment of today. The Tao Te Ching was written 2,500 years ago.
Thinking Critically to Develop a Philosophy of Life: The Gadfly Excercises by Jerome A. Dirnberger
The author passes along scenarios he developed over the years–ponderings and writings trying to help himself think more critically–not to have you agree or disagree with him, but to encourage you to develop your own reasons to some of life’s most challenging questions.
Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Thomas: The Original Sayings of Jesus by Jerome A. Dirnberger
Jesus’ style was to avoid giving straightforward answers even though his disciples kept asking for explanations. His unique sayings are the beatitudes, those about turning the other cheek, and the injunction to love enemies. But “treat people in the way you want to be treated” is closer to Jesus’ perspective. This book lists 114 “secret sayings” by Jesus preserved by his twin brother Judas (Jude) “Thomas” and found in 1945 near the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi. Author Jerome rewrites the words into twenty-first century English.
The Writings of Jerome
A collection of personal writings to help me better understand myself, reflect on my thoughts, and leave a legacy of critical thinking for my descendants.