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huckelberry wrote:Thinking of my own experience of being an exMormon who later decided to try and open the door to understand something of the rest of the Christian tradition I found Irenaeus Against Heresy very helpful. It starts slow with more than you wanted to know about 2nd century heterodox groups. It then presents a clear concise presentation of basic Christian doctrine.
Invaluable book. Helped me sort out the apostasy, and understand various forms of gnosticism.
Maksutov wrote:MsJack, are you familiar with this work?
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Hard to prioritize purchases in the Christmas season. I'm sure you understand. :wink:
And many on this list are free!
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Always Changing wrote:And many on this list are free!

Indeed. When I finish the list, I plan to include links to the ones that are available for free online.

In other news, think I'm going to have to remove Ravi Zacharias from this list, because DAMN.
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MsJack wrote:
Always Changing wrote:And many on this list are free!

Indeed. When I finish the list, I plan to include links to the ones that are available for free online.

In other news, think I'm going to have to remove Ravi Zacharias from this list, because DAMN.


Yeah, that dude should just pack it up.
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Very nice work, Jack. I admit that I kind of expected Hans Küng's On Being a Christian to be on your list.

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Bumping in hopes of a reboot.
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Augustine's City of God should be in there somewhere.

I do not like apologetics, but there should also be more G. K. Chesterton. Maybe his fiction - The Man Who Was Thursday or the Father Brown stories. Probably the nearest recent equivalent was Andrew Greeley, with his Bishop Ryan novels. Greeley wrote non-fiction too, which is worth reading.

I like the books of Richard Holloway. His later stuff is very challenging and too unorthodox even for me, but you can't ignore it if you want to know what being a Christian might mean in the modern world.

There are the poems of R. S. Thomas, which every person in the ministry should read. I briefly met him once.

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Oh, and following my bias towards British writers, Fr Ronald Knox is also worth reading (he was a Roman Catholic, of course).

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Johannes wrote:Augustine's City of God should be in there somewhere.

I do not like apologetics, but there should also be more G. K. Chesterton. Maybe his fiction - The Man Who Was Thursday or the Father Brown stories. Probably the nearest recent equivalent was Andrew Greeley, with his Bishop Ryan novels. Greeley wrote non-fiction too, which is worth reading.

I like the books of Richard Holloway. His later stuff is very challenging and too unorthodox even for me, but you can't ignore it if you want to know what being a Christian might mean in the modern world.

There are the poems of R. S. Thomas, which every person in the ministry should read. I briefly met him once.
"City of God" is on my kindle, and I just started it. Father Brown is on my kindle, and is worthy of a re-read; those stories are dense and complex, and not for those who would rather read fast. Probably the reason why they are short stories. I got tired of Greeley's novels. So deeply encrusted with wealthy Irish Chicagoans. Difficulty identifying. I am more the Flannery O'Connor type. But y'all already knew that.
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No Tolstoy? Hmm.

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Yahoo Bot wrote:No Tolstoy? Hmm.


I am sure that is because he didn't have a degree.
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Yahoo Bot wrote:No Tolstoy? Hmm.


Which of Tolstoy's works would you recommend?
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Four books to make for a caring and well rounded Christian.

1. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
2. Labor's Untold Story by Richard O. Boyer
3. The legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller by Gustave Flaubert
4. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
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Maksutov wrote:Which of Tolstoy's works would you recommend?

The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Big pitch for family togetherness and the worth of religion.
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moksha wrote:
Maksutov wrote:Which of Tolstoy's works would you recommend?

The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Big pitch for family togetherness and the worth of religion.


More of a Dostoyevsky man myself.
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Morley wrote:Very nice work, Jack. I admit that I kind of expected Hans Küng's On Being a Christian to be on your list.


I enjoyed this book and think it is a worthwhile contemplation.
His book Justification , Doctrine Karl Barth and a Catholic Reflection set me on my ear.

It is an older book of his and may be more difficult to find. I read a worn copy from the public library some time past.

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Maksutov wrote:More of a Dostoyevsky man myself.

What's your opinion on the works of Pyat Ozer?
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Drafting "100 Books Every Christian Should Read"

The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
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What about atheistic books on Christianity or religion?

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Candide, by Voltaire

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Just a short list ....

Jesus The Egyptian: The Origins of Christianity And The Psychology of Christ - Richard A Gabriel
Gospel of Thomas
Tiberius - Robin Seager
Flavius Josephus: Jewish History and the Greek World
Understanding Jewish Holidays and Customs:Historical Contemporary - Sol Scharfsteing
First Council of Nicaea
History from the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Constantinople

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Meadowchik wrote:What about atheistic books on Christianity or religion?


Should Christians read Hitchens? What an interesting question.
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