Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer Reading List

Someone recently asked me for recommendations for summer reading. I decided to post my response. If I had to select the top favorite books I've read in the last five years, the list would include the following:

1. Dever, Mark. The Message of the New Testament. Wheaton : Crossway, 2005.
This book is the best summary of genuine biblical Christianity that I know of. Whether you agree with the book or not, at least you will understand what true, biblical Christianity is all about.

2. Levin, Mark. Liberty and Tyranny; A conservative manifesto. New York : Threshold, 2009.
I wish it were in my power to make reading this book a mandatory condition for voting. Whether you agree with the book or not, at least you will understand what political conservatism is all about.

3. Evans, Craig. Fabricating Jesus. Wheaton, IL : IVP, 2006.
Outstanding treatment of the controversy surrounding Jesus and the Gospels, including discussion of the so-called "lost gospels" like the Gospels of Judas, The Gospel of Thomas and others.

4. Spencer, Robert. Religion of Peace? Why Christianity is and Islam isn’t. Washington DC : Regnery, 2007.
The title says it all and the argument is convincing to all but those who will not see.

5. Schroeder, Gerald L. The Hidden Face of God; How science reveals the ultimate truth. New York : Free Press, 2001.
The author is the MIT scientist who convinced world-renowned atheist, Anthony Flew to conclude that atheism is not a scientifically viable option.

Honorable mention would include:

Sowell, Thomas. Economic Facts and Fallacies. New York : Basic Books, 2008.

Dembski, William A. The Design Revolution; Answering the toughest questions about intelligent design. Downers Grove, IL : IVP, 2004.

Coulter, Ann. Godless. The Church of Liberalism. New York : Crown Forum, 2006.

Kupelian, David. The Marketing of Evil. Nashville : WND Books, 2005

Other favorites:

BIBLE/THEOLOGY/CHRISTIANITY

Bock, Darrell. Breaking the Da Vinci Code. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2004.

--. The Missing Gospels. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2006

Bock, Darrell and Daniel Wallace. Dethroning Jesus; Exposing popular culture’s quest to unseat the biblical Christ. Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Dunn, James. Jesus’ Remembered. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 2003.

Eddy, Paul Rhodes and Gregory Boyd. The Jesus Legend; a Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition. Grand Rapids : Baker, 2007.

Habermas, Gary R. and Michael R. Licona. The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Grand Rapids : Kregel, 2004.

Van Voorst, Robert E. Jesus Outside the New Testament. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 2000.

Wright, N.T. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis : Fortress Press, 2003.

HISTORY

Woods, Thomas, Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, Washington DC : Regnery, 2004.

ECONOMICS

Sowell, Thomas. Basic Economics. 3rd ed. New York : Basic Books, 2007 (627 p.)

SCIENCE

Dembski, William and Jonathan Wells. The Design of Life. Foundation for Thought and Ethics, 2008.

PHILOSOPHY

Moreland, J.P. and William Lane Craig. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove, IL : Intervarsity Press, 2003.

LAW/POLITICS/SOCIAL ISSUES/CULTURE WARS

Gutzman, Kevin. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution. Washington DC : Regnery, 2007

Levin, Mark, R. Men in Black. Washington, DC : Regnery, 2005.

Sears, Alan and Craig Osten. The ACLU vs. America; Exposing the agenda to redefine moral values. Nashville : Broadman & Holman, 2005.

ISLAM

Gabriel, Mark. Islam and Terrorism; What the Quran really teaches about Christianity, violence and the goals of the Islamic Jihad. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2002.

Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed. My Year Inside Radical Islam. New York : Penguin, 2007.

Ibn Ishaq. The Life of Muhammad. New York : Oxford University Press, 1955, 2006 (The earliest biography of Muhammad, originally written about AD 760).

O’ren, Michael B. Power, Faith, and Fantasy; America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present. New York : Norton, 2007.

Sieff, Martin. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East. Washington DC : Regnery, 2008.

Spencer, Robert. Islam Unvelied; Disturbing questions about the world’s fastest growing faith. New York : Encounter Books, 2002.

--. A Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam. Washington DC : Regnery, 2005.

--. The Truth about Muhammad. Washington, DC : Regnery, 2006.

Wright, Lawrence. The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. New York : Vintage Books, 2007.

2 comments:

klatu said...

One more for the summer reading list:

review: The Final Freedoms©free

The first wholly new interpretation for 2000 years of the moral teachings of Christ is on the web. Redefining all primary elements including Faith, the Word and the Resurrection, this new interpretation questions the validity and origins of all Christian tradition; focusing specifically on marriage, love and human sexuality, it overturns all natural law ethics and theory. At stake is the credibility of several thousand years of religious history and moral teaching, and will certainly impact other fields of intellectual inquiry.

Using a synthesis of scriptural material from the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha , The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Nag Hammadi Library, and some of the worlds great poetry, it describes and teaches a single moral LAW, a single moral principle offering the promise of its own proof; one in which the reality of God responds to an act of perfect faith with a direct, individual intervention into the natural world; correcting human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness and human ethical perception beyond all natural evolutionary boundaries. Intended to be understood metaphorically, where 'death' is ignorance and 'Life' is knowledge, this experience, personal encounter and liberation by transcendent power and moral purpose is the 'Resurrection', the justification of faith and foundation of righteousness.

Often stated, extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence and rightly so. Here then is the first ever viable religious conception capable of leading reason, by faith, to observable consequences which can be tested and judged. This new teaching delivers the first ever religious claim of insight into the human condition, that meets the Enlightenment criteria of verifiable, evidence based truth embodied in action. For the first time in history, a moral tenet exists, offering access by faith, to absolute proof for its belief.

This is 'religion' without any of the coventional trappings of tradition. An individual, applied virtue-ethical conception all in a single command, this new interpretation defines the moral foundation of all human conduct and the single Law finds expression within a new covenant of marriage. It requires no institutional framework or hierarchy, no churches or priest craft, no scholastic theological rational, dogma or doctrine and ‘worship’ requires only conviction, faith and the necessary measure of self discipline to accomplish a new, single moral imperative and the integrity and fidelity to the new reality.

If confirmed and there appears both the means and a growing, concerted effort to test and authenticate this material, this will represent a paradigm change in the moral and intellectual potential of human nature itself; untangling and resolving the greatest questions of human existence: consciousness, meaning, suffering, free will and evil. And at the same time offering real solutions to the most profound problems of our age.


While trials of this new teaching are under way in several countries, colloquial evidence from discussion forums already suggest confirmations are taking place and probably increasing. For those individuals who can imagine outside the historical cultural box, who are willing to learn something new and stand against the stream of fashionable thought and spin, an intellectual and moral revolution is already in progress, where the 'impossible' becomes inevitable and with the most potent Non Violent Direct Action any human being can take for peace, justice, change and progress.

Published [at the moment] only on the web, a typeset manuscript of this new teaching is available as a free [1.4meg] PDF download from a variety of sites including: www.energon.org.uk

Dennis said...

ROTFLOL!!! Someone once said, "if you find some brand new teaching in the Bible that no one has ever seen before, that's probably because its not really there!"

Sounds like someone is trying to create a new religion just to suit them. Christians, Jews and Muslims call that idolatry. It's been around for thousands of years.