Reading List

I will update this page with the books that I have recently read. Much of these are related to my doctoral program. I will utilize the main blog to post brief thoughts on some.

Fall 2019:

  • The Problems of Philosophy – Bertrand Russell
  • Christianity and the Postmodern Turn: Six Views – Myron B. Penner
  • Faithful Mind, Thoughtful Faith: Integrating Faith and Learning – Robert A. Harris
  • The Journey So Far: Philosophy Through the Ages – Peter Hicks

Spring 2019:

  • Augustine, Philosopher of Freedom – Mary T. Clark
  • Augustine of Hippo – Peter Brown
  • Evil and the Love of God – John Hick
  • Rethinking Augustine’s Early Theology: An Argument for Continuity – Carol Harrison
  • Augustine: On the Free Choice of the Will, On Grace and Free Choice, and Other Writings – Peter King
  • Augustine Deformed: Love, Sin, and Freedom in the Western Moral Tradition – John M. Rist
  • Augustine: Arguments of the Philosophers – Christopher Kirwan
  • Augustine’s Way Into the Will: the Theological and Philosophical Significance of De Libero Arbitio – Simon Harrison
  • Augustine of Hippo: A Life – Henry Chadwick
  • The Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God – David and Marybeth Baggett
  • Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview – J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig
  • An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion – Michael Murray and Michael Rea

Fall 2018:

  • Ethics – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Church Dogmatics/The Christian Life (Selections on Ethics) – Karl Barth
  • Ethics – Karl Barth
  • Karl Barth and American Evangelicalism – Bruce McCormack & Clifford Anderson
  • Christian Ethics as Witness: Barth’s Ethics for a World at Risk – David Haddorff
  • Being in Action: The Theological Shape of Barth’s Ethical Vision – Paul Nimmo
  • Citizenship in Heaven and on Earth: Karl Barth’s Ethics – Alexander Massmann
  • Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law – J Budziszewski
  • Christian Personal Ethics – Carl F. H. Henry
  • The Peaceable Kingdom: A primer in Christian Ethics – Stanley Hauerwas
  • Catholic Social Teaching 1891-Present: Historical, Theological and Ethical – Charles Curran
  • Basic Christian Ethics – Paul Ramsey
  • Love and Justice – Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Resurrection and Moral Order – Oliver O’Donovan
  • Christian Ethics – Michael Banner

Spring 2018:

  • Persons and Causes: The Metaphysics of Free Will – Timothy O’Connor
  • The Significance of Free Will – Robert Kane
  • Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will – John Martin Fischer
  • Sketch of a Systematic Metaphysics – D. M. Armstrong
  • Creation and the Sovereignty of God – Hugh J. McCann
  • Free Will and Classical Theism: The Significance of Freedom in Perfect Being Theology – Hugh J. McCann
  • Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge – John Martin Fischer
  • The Oxford Handbook of Free Will – Robert Kane
  • A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will – Robert Kane
  • Metaphysics – Peter van Inwagen
  • After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory – Alasdair MacIntyre
  • First Principles, Final Ends and Contemporary Philosophical Issues – Alasdair MacIntyre
  • Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopedia, Genealogy, and Tradition – Alasdair MacIntyre

Fall 2017:

  • Against Method – Paul Feyerabend
  • Beyond Justification: Dimensions Of Epistemic Evaluation – William P. Alston
  • Epistemology: Internalism and Externalism – Hilary Kornblith
  • Scientific Representation – Bas Van Fraassen
  • Warrant: The Current Debate – Alvin Plantinga
  • Warrant and Proper Function – Alvin Plantinga
  • Resurrecting Old Fashioned Foundationalism – Michae DePaul
  • Epistemology: Classic Problems and Contemporary Responses – Laurence Bonjour
  • On Epistemology – Linda Zagzebski
  • Perceiving God – William P. Alston

Spring 2017:

  • Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural & Relgious Critics – Mark Coppenger
  • For Faith and Clarity: Philosophical Contributions to Christian Theology – James K. Beilby
  • God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter – Stephen Prothero
  • God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything – Christopher Hitchens
  • Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky – Paul Johnson
  • A Companion to Philosophy Of Religion – Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper, and Philip L. Quinn
  • 131 Christians Everyone Should Know – from the editors of Christian History magazine.
  • The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People – Michael Shermer
  • Nomad – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Mao: The Unknown Story – Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
  • Our Idea Of God: An Introduction to Philosophical Theology – Thomas V. Morris
  • Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress – Lawrence E. Harrison and Samuel P. Huntington

Fall 2016:

  • Art in Action – Nicholas Wolterstorff
  • Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism – Jonathan A. Anderson & William A. Dryness
  • Christianity & Religious Diversity: Clarifying Christian Commitments in a Globalizing Age -Harold A. Netland
  • Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life – Frank Brown
  • Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth – Harold A. Netland
  • Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith & Mission – Harold A. Netland
  • Ugliness: A Cultural History – Gretchen E. Henderson
  • The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art – Arthur C. Danto
  • Art & Music: A Student’s Guide – Paul Munson & Joshua Farris Drake
  • Theological Aesthetics: A Reader – Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen
  • The British Aesthetic Tradition: From Shaftesbury to Wittgenstein – Timothy Costelloe

Spring 2016:

  • Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church – US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism – Michael Novak
  • What is Justice: Classic & Contemporary Readings – Robert Solomon
  • Economic Shalom – John Bolt
  • Life at the Botton – Theodore Dalrymple
  • Fair Trade? Victor Claar
  • Toward a Just and Caring Society – David Gushee
  • Coming to Grips with Genesis – Terry Mortenson and Thane Ury
  • A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy – Hugh Ross
  • Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution – Denis O. Lauoureux
  • The Virtues of Capitalism – Scott Rae and Austin Hill

Fall 2015:

  • Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation – James K.A. Smith
  • Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture: Reading the Bible Critically in Faith – David Crump
  • Knowledge and Christian Belief – Alvin Plantinga
  • Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog – Badke, William B.
  • Stylish Academic Writing – Sword, Helen
  • How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing – Silvia, Paul
  • How to Write a Thesis – Umberto Eco
  • Naming The Elephant: Worldview as a Concept (2nd edition) – James W. Sire
  • Habits of the Mind – James W. Sire
  • They Say/I Say – Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
  • The Intellectual Life – A. G. Sertillanges