A CHRISTIAN HUMANISM

Christianity in the Emerging Post-Modern, Post-Secular, Post-Christian Age

Exploring a Christian theology capable of constructive engagement with the post-modern, post-Christian, post-secular culture of today and beyond.

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

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

– Steve Jobs
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