Friday, September 29, 2017

Basic Books for Christians

If I was to suggest 12 (or so) basic books for Christians?

In no particular order:

C. S. Lewis: Mere Christianity

G. K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy

F. A. Schaeffer: The God Who Is There, He Is There and He Is Not Silent, Escape From Reason

J. McDowell: The New Evidence that Demands a Vertict

Gerstner, Lindsley, Sproul: Classical Apologetics

Strobel: The Case for Christ

Sire: Scripture Twisting

Campbell: The Koran and the Bible

Moreland and Craig: Philosophical Foundations for a Christian World View

Blanchard: Does God Believe in Atheists?

Olson: Mosaic of Christian Beliefs

Oden: Classic Christianity

Wilson: A Primer for Christian Doctrine

N. T. Wright: Following Jesus, Simply Christian

F. A. Schaeffer: Genesis in Space and Time

Broughton Knox: The Everlasting God (generally great, but at the end a little too Calvanist)

Now, that's a lot of books.

My suggestion: read 1 per quarter, so there's three years or so worth of reading. Read them a few times, but at least twice: once quickly, to get a grasp of the ideas. Once slowly, to ponder, make notes, and reflect upon as you go.

And, an addendum, which could end up running into pages, but a few that might also be helpful and easy reads:

Stott: Basic Christianity
Plantinga: Beyond Doubt

I'd suggest that before reading the larger books one reads a couple of reviews of them to get the flavour before plunging in.

Also note, that like all good reading, these books reflect some divergent theological views. So, read them in the light of the Bible, and reflect on their differences.

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