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A CHRISTIAN HUMANIST ESSENTIAL READING LIST

AT THE CORE OF THE ARGUMENT – OUR CULTURAL SITUATION
A Secular Age – Charles Taylor
The Meaning of the West – Don Cuppit.
The Closing of the Western Mind – Charles Freeman
The Awakening: The Reopening of the Western Mind – Charles Freeman
The Enlightenment & Why it Still Matters – Anthony Pagden
The Evolution of the West – Nick Spencer
Thus Spoke Zarathustra – F. Nietzsche
All Things Shining – Dreyfus & Kelly
Letter to a Christian Nation – Sam Harris
The Secular Enlightenment – Margaret Jacob
The Secularization of the European Mind – Owen Chadwick
Between Naturalism and Religion – Jurgen Habermas
Reasonable Faith for a Post-Secular Age – William Greenway
Enriching Our Vision of Reality – Alister McGrath

RETHINKING GOD
The History of God – Karen Armstrong
The Case for God – Karen Armstrong
The Experience of God – David Bentley Hart
The Meaning of God – Mordecai Kaplan
Man is Not Alone – Abraham Joshua Heschel
What is God? – John F. Haught, S.J.
The Weakness of God – John Caputo
The Folly of God – John Caputo

ETHICS & CULTURE
After Virtue – Alasdair MacIntyre
Whose Justice? Which Rationality? – Alasdair MacIntyre
Rational Man – Henry Veatch
Human Life, Action, and Ethics – G.E.M. Anscombe
Formalism in Ethics and Non-Formal Ethics of Values – Max Scheler
The Moral Animal – Robert Wright
Ethics – Dietrich von Hildebrand
Doing Good Better – William Macaskill
Voluntary Simplicity – Duane Elgin
Leisure: The Basis of Culture – Josef Pieper
In Tune with the World – Josef Pieper
Agape Ethics – William Greenway
Just Love – Margaret Farley

HISTORICAL JESUS SCHOLARSHIP
The Historical Jesus – John Dominic Crossan
Who is Jesus? – John Dominic Crossan
Jesus, A Revolutionary Biography – John Dominic Crossan
Jesus Before the Gospels – Bart Ehrman
The God of Jesus – Stephen Patterson
Beyond the Passion – Stephen Patterson
The Historical Jesus – Thiessen & Mertz
The Sermon on the Mount – Amy Jill Levine
Jesus: A Marginal Jew (Vol 1-5) John Meier

BIBLICAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Hebrew Bible – Robert Alter, translation
The New Testament – David Bentley Hart, translation
The New Testament – N.T. Wright, translation
How to Read the Hebrew Bible – Marc Brettler
Biblical Methods – Corrine Carvalho
In Defense of the Historical-Critical Method – Joseph Fitzmyer, S.J.
The Lost Art of Scripture – Karen Armstrong
How to Read the Scriptures and Still Be Christian – John Dominic Crossan
Amythia – Loyal Rue
Paul Among the People – Sarah Ruden
Hermeneutics – John Caputo

EARLY CHURCH HISTORY
The Birth of Christianity – John Dominic Crossan
God & Empire – John Dominic Crossan
Jesus and Empire – Richard Horsley
Paul and Empire – Richard Horsley
Cities of God – Rodney Stark
The Rise of Christianity – Rodney Stark
A New History of Early Christianity – Charles Freeman
The Didache – Thomas O’Loughlin, OSA
The Greco-Roman World – James Jeffers

NOUVELLE THEOLOGIE
The Documents of the Second Vatican Council
The Mystery of the Supernatural – Henri de Lubac, S.J.
Love Alone is Credible – Hans Urs von Balthasar, S.J.
The Meaning of Tradition – Yves Congar, O.P.
The Eucharist – Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P.
Prayer as a Political Problem – Jean Danielou, S.J.
Transformation in Christ – Dietrich von Hildebrand
Philosophical Exigencies of Christian Religion – Maurice Blondel
The Encyclicals of John Paul II
Morality is for Persons: The Ethics of Christian Personalism – Bernard Haring, CssR
Foundations of the Christian Faith – Karl Rahner, S.J.
Introduction to Christianity – Josef Ratzinger
On Being a Christian – Hans Kung
Models of the Church – Avery Dulles, S.J.
The Craft of Theology – Avery Dulles, S.J.

PERSONALISM
Personalism – Emmanuel Mounier
The Acting Person – Karol Wojtyla
Love and Responsibility – Karol Wojtyla
The Selfhood of the Human Person – John F. Crosby
The Personalist Papers – John F. Crosby
The Personalism of John Paul II – John F. Crosby
The Person and the Common Good – Jacques Maritain
On the Problem of Empathy – Edith Stein
Gravity and Grace – Simone Weil
On Roots – Simone Weil

ANGLICANISM
The Anglican Way – Thomas McKenzie
Simply Anglican – Winfred Bevins
Anglicanism – Gerald Bray
The History of Christianity in Britain and Ireland – Gerald Bray
The Mind of the Oxford Movement – Owen Chadwick
The Spirit of the Oxford Movement – Owen Chadwick
Being Christian – Rowan Williams
Being Human – Rowan Williams
Being Disciples – Rowan Williams
On Christian Theology – Rowan Williams
On Faith in the Public Square – Rowan Williams
The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Anglican Tradition – McAdoo and Stevenson
The Mystery of Baptism in the Anglican Tradition – Kenneth Stevenson
Christ of the Celts – J. Philip Newell
Anglican Social Theology – Brown and Suggate
Christian Social Witness – Harold Lewis
Christianity and Culture – T.S. Eliot
The Book of Common Prayer – 1979 Edition

EMERGENT CHRISTIANITY
Christianity After Religion – Diana Butler Bass
Why Christianity Must Change or Die – John Shelby Spong
The Great Spiritual Migration – Brian McLaren
A Generous Orthodoxy – Brian McLaren
Emergence Christianity – Phyllis Tickle
The Great Emergence – Phyllis Tickle

NATURALISM
Nature is Enough – Loyal Rue
Religious Naturalism – Jerome Stone
The Minimalist Vision of Transcendence – Jerome Stone
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
Brief Answers to the Big Questions – Stephen Hawking
The Demon Haunted World – Carl Sagan
Mind & Cosmos – Thomas Nagel

SPIRITUALITY & NATURE
The Salmon in the Spring – Jason Kirkey
The Great Work – Thomas Berry
The Voice of the Earth – Theodore Roszak
SoulCraft – Bill Plotkin
The Poetry of Mary Oliver

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