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Personal/Theological Notebook: Reading List 2014-2015 School Year 
16th-Aug-2014 11:59 pm
Books (Clementinum)
What I've Been Reading
Reading List 2014-2015 School Year:

I get asked about this every so often, and I'm always willing to recommend a good book, so some years ago I thought I'd follow the lead of one of my favourite authors, Diane Duane, who has something similar up on her page. Books I re-read are heartily endorsed!

* denotes a re-read **denotes a book I'm teaching in a class
Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's, R.A. Scotti
Liberal Education, Mark Van Doren
Toward the Future: Essays on Catholic-Jewish Relations in Memory of Rabbi Léon Klenicki, eds. Celia M. Deutsch, Eugene J. Fisher, and James Rudin
The Hebrew Scriptures * **
Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction, 2nd Ed., Lawrence Boadt, Revised and Updated by Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington * **
The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton *
The Man in the Sycamore Tree: The Good Times and Hard Life of Thomas Merton, Edward Rice
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton *
Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, Alvin Plantinga
Apology for Origen, Pamphilus of Caesarea
On the Falsification of the Books of Origen, Rufinus of Aquileia
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn *
The Book of Job: A Biography, Mark Larrimore
Tales of Dunk and Egg: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight, George R.R. Martin *
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter Miller
The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief, George Marsden
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel DeFoe *
Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus, Gerald O'Collins, S.J. * **
History of the World Christian Movement, Dale T. Irvin and Scott W. Sunquist **
Readings in World Christian History, Vol. I: Earliest Christianity to 1453, eds. John W. Coakley and Andreas Sterk **
The New Concise History of the Crusades, Thomas F. Madden
The Life of Thomas More, Peter Ackroyd *
The Confessions, Augustine of Hippo * **
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien *
The Letters of Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, ed. and trans. by Helen Clover and Margaret Gibson
The History of Science: Antiquity to 1700, Lawrence M. Principe
The Mind's Journey Into God, Bonaventure * **
The History of Science: 1700-1900, Frederick Gregory
The Life and Writings of Adam Easton, O.S.B., Leslie John Macfarlane
Rerum Novarum, Leo XIII **
A Wind In The Door, Madeleine L'Engle * **
Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey, Steven L. Goldman
The Institutes, John Cassian **
Perelandra, C.S. Lewis * **
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
The Rule, Saint Benedict * **
A Man For All Seasons, Robert Bolt * **
The Complete Works, Pseudo-Dionysius * **
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson **
On Loving God, Bernard of Clairvaux * **
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene * **
The Mind's Journey Into God, Bonaventure * **
Silence, Shusaku Endo * **
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, Joseph J. Ellis
Socrates in the City: Conversations on 'Life, God, and Other Small Topics', Eric Metaxas, ed.
The Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries, Alan Charles Kors
The Dark Night of the Soul, John of the Cross * **
Descent Into Hell, Charles Williams * **
New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton **
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh * **
No Man Is An Island, Thomas Merton * **
5th-Mar-2015 03:19 pm (UTC) - 1950's
Glad you wrote something-I often wonder how you are doing-have not heard of the book "The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief" by George Marsden-I have a couple of books by Marsden in my library-years ago I heard Marsden speak on Jonathan Edwards-may the Lord bless! Jonny (Did you know Walter M. Miller Jr. wrote a sequel to "A Canticle For Leibowitz" titled, "Saint Leibowitz And The Wild Horse Woman"?-I have both volumes in our library.)

Edited at 2015-03-05 03:32 pm (UTC)
22nd-Mar-2015 08:16 pm (UTC) - Re: 1950's
Hi! Sorry, still struggling with re-incorporating the LiveJournal after what the Russians did with it three years ago, and the vast photo library I had organized here became a scrambled mess, still without the simple tools to re-organize it. And since most everyone I keep in touch with is on or migrated over to Facebook, that inferior product became my main social media outlet. I take it that you don't keep a Facebook account?

My brother gave me the Wild Horse Woman sequel when I passed through his place in January, but I've not tackled it yet: my mood and my immediate needs changed with the start of the new semester.
22nd-Mar-2015 09:32 pm (UTC) - Re: 1950's
I am on Facebook Jonny Keen Holland Michigan-we can become friends-hope all is well-may the Lord bless!
7th-Mar-2015 03:47 am (UTC)
Which would you recommend out o The Confession and The Seven STory Mountain?
22nd-Mar-2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Hi! Sorry! As I just wrote above, I'm more stuck on Facebook as social media because that's where most of my friends and family are, and so I didn't see this until now.

That's a hard call, as they are both excellent. The Seven Storey Mountain is more familiar, as it's early/mid 20th century, but, in the full, annotated version of Maria Boulding's translation, I would point to The Confessions as the ultimate classic of the genre. The historical notes help, as it's more removed culturally from us, but it's an unbelievably rich book, which rewards re-reading to an excessive degree.
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