Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Reading List

It was a good year for books.  Re-read Pieper and Elert, and also put Newman and Troeltsch under my belt.  Beyond that, got a lot of research done for my book on Scripture and Tradition.  As always, I invite you to add your own list.  I'm always interested in learning what other people are reading.

1. An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine- John Henry Newman
2. An Essay on the Grammar of Ascent- John Henry Newman
3. The Arians of the Fourth Century- John Henry Newman
4. Apologia Pro Vita Sua- John Henry Newman
5. The Case for Christ- Lee Strobel
6. Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics- Ross Douthat
7. The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society- Brad Gregory
8. The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism is Not Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture- Christian Smith.
9. Christian Dogmatics vol. 1- Francis Pieper
10. Christian Dogmatics vol. 2- Francis Pieper
11. Christian Dogmatics vol. 3- Francis Pieper
12. The Structure of Lutheranism- Werner Elert
13. Infidel- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
14. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years- Diarmaid Macculloch
15. Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens- Christopher Hitchens
16. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion- David Hume
17. An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding- David Hume
18. A Treatise on Human Nature- David Hume
19 An Inquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals- David Hume
20. The History of Calvinism- Daryl Hart
21. Symbolism: Exposition of Doctrinal Differences Between Catholics and Protestants as Evidenced by Their Symbolic Writings- Johann Adam Mohler
22. Creedo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition- Jaroslav Pelikan
23. The Vindication of Tradition- Jaroslav Pelikan
24.  The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas- Jonah Goldberg
25. Engaging Luther: A (New) Theological Assessment- Olli-Pekka Vainio
26. The Theology of Martin Luther: A Critical Assessment- Hans-Martin Barth
27. Theological Common Places: On Ministry vol. 2- Johann Gerhard
28. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created- Charles Mann
29. Commentary on Luther's Catechism: Baptism and the Lord's Supper- Albrecht Peters
30. The Historical Commentary on the Augsburg Confession- Wilhelm Maurer
31. Introduction to Lutheran Symbolics- J.L. Neve
32. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined- Steven Pinker
33.  The Origins of Papal Infallibility: 1150-1350- Brian Tierney
34. Foundations of Conciliar Theory: The Contribution of the Medieval Canonists from Gratian to the Great Schism- Brian Tierney.
35.  Jesus: An Experiment in Christology- Edward Schillebeeckx
36. The Eucharist- Edwad Schllebeeckx
37. The Shape of Sola Scriptura- Keith Mathison
38. Scripture Alone: Exploring the Bible's Accuracy, Authority, and Authenticity- James R. White
39. Tradition in the Early Church- R.P.C. Hanson
40. Tradition and Scripture in the Early Church- Ellen Flesseman-Van Leer
41. The Social Teachings of the Christian Churches, vol. 1- Ernst Troeltsch
42. The Social Teachings of the Christian Churches, vol. 2- Ernst Troeltsch
43. The Absoluteness of Christianity and the History of Religions- Ernst Troeltsch
44. The Christian Faith-Ernst Troeltsch
45. Protestantism and Progress: The Significance of Protestantism for the Rise of the Modern World-Ernst Troeltsch
46. Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith, vol. 1- David T. King
47. Defending Faith: Lutheran Response to Osiander's Doctrine of Justification: 1551-1559- Timothy Wengert
48. Was There a Lutheran Metaphysic?: The Interpretation of the Communicatio Idiomatum in Early Modern Lutheranism- Joar Haga
49.  The History of Protestant Theology: Particularly in Germany, vol. 1- Isaak Dorner
50. The History of Protestant Theology: Particularly in Germany, vol. 2- Isaak Dorner
51. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory- Alasdair MacIntyre
52. Holy Writ or Holy Church?: The Crisis of the Protestant Reformation- George Tavard
53. 100 People Who are Screwing Up America- Bernard Goldberg
54. The Oxford Movement: Europe and the Wider World 1830-1930- Stewart Brown and Peter Nockles.
55. The Meaning of Tradition- Yves Congar
56. The History of Theology- Yves Congar
57. The Gnostic Gospels: Elaine Pagels
58. The Early Luther: Stages in a Reformation Reorientation- Berndt Hamm
59. Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God vol. 4)- N.T. Wright
60. Civilization: The West and the Rest- Niall Ferguson

5 comments:

  1. Wow! As always, I am pretty impressed. I always feel like such a slacker compared to your reading efficiency. I want to know on average how many pages a day you read? This is truly a feat. Anyways, I always enjoy seeing what you read and I always enjoy your opinions on boards and such, and I always find myself asking "that book looks neat, I wonder what Jack thought of it?" Have you ever thought of giving a synopsis and review of the books you read (even if it just a paragraph or two). I enjoy hearing and reading opinions from certain people and yours is definitely one of them. Congrats on 60!

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  2. For Instance how was N.T. Wright's book on Paul (Christian Origins and the Question of God Vol.4) To prove my earlier point, after reading your list, I also went over to Amazon and bought Newman's book concerning Arians of the 4th Century, thanks.

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  3. Rev. Ray, I'm not finished with Wright, but I am enjoying him so far. I know eventually the "New Perspective on Paul" will hit the fan (so to speak) and then I will be disappointed, but so far so good.

    Sam, I can't say that I have any direct recommendations for 2014. Perhaps the new Gerhard volume, which I am also looking forward to after I'm done with Wright. I also plan to start reading Pascal and Reinhold Niebuhr this year, but we'll see if my research for the Scripture and Tradition book gets in the way!

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  4. One last thing: I would definitely recommend the Berndt Hamm book. I'm present writing a book review for LOGIA on it.

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