So, I've gone back to reading Stephen Batchelor's Buddhism without Beliefs. I've been reading it off and on for some time. It's really good, as well as, in my opinion, very fine end-of-term-finals-reading-period reading. For two reasons:
1. Insightful, interesting, thought-provoking chapters. I am not thinking about the law when I read Stephen Batchelor.
2. Short chapters. Very short.
One of the things I find intriguing about Buddhism as a belief structure is that it isn't one, so it doesn't get in the way of others you may already have. If you're a Christian, you can follow the middle way, too. They're very compatible. What Buddhism is is a method, or it sounds like one to my delicate shell-like scientist's ears.