D'oh! Haven't been updating/commenting on LJ lately because...um....well, you see...OK, I have no good excuse. :-)
Except that I've been spending a lot of time the last few days reading a very good book I came across, called The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism
by Edward Feser.
Perhaps I will come up with a better review of it soon, but right now I will just say that it is probably the best non-GKC book I've read through in the last couple of years (i.e., since reading Life of Christ
by Fulton Sheen). As the title indicates, it does take on the claims of the new atheists, and certainly I did find that helpful (especially since I was admittedly very weak in many places as far as that topic is concerned, not really having done much reading in that area). However, the reason I bought it was not so much for apologetical purposes as rather the fact that since the manner
it approaches them is from a philosophical perspective (the author being a Thomist), it in essence gives an overview of many major elements within Thomistic philosophy and the classical Western philosophical tradition. In other words, quite apart from apologetics purposes, I found it extremely valuable for the philosophical portions, and that is indeed the main reason I wanted to buy it. It was certainly more than worth the price.
(The author, btw, has a blog that I think I linked to before, but... http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com
In other news, I was finally able to catch up with my teacher (he's been out of town a lot lately, working on projects at his mother's house, so it was hard setting up a meeting). He was able to give me a lot of valuable help with various things, and so hopefully I can get stuff going in the right direction finally for a job search. lol. Prayers would be appreciated for that still. Thanks!