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Books to read. Order them from here

Atheist/Skeptical
Godless Dan Barker
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins
Breaking the Spell Daniel Dennett
Misquoting Jesus Bart Ehrman
End of Faith Sam Harris (Attie Award Winner!)
Gospel of the Flying Spagehtti Monster Bobby Henderson
God is Not Great Christopher Hitchens
Why People Believe Weird Things Michael Shermer

Christian
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses Richard Bauckham
The Language of God Francis Collins
Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? C. John Collins
Systematic Theology Wayne Grudem
The Prodigal God Tim Keller
Reason for God Tim Keller
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Anything by Alvin Plantinga
Is God a Delusion? Eric Reitman
The God Who is There Francis Schaeffer
Anything by N.T. Wright

Novels

The Faithful Jonathan Weyer

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  1. November 19, 2010 5:52 pm

    Greetings –
    I can’t resist suggesting a few more books for your list. Some of the most intellectually challenging and lucid material in Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell came from the scholarship of Pascal Boyer. Boyer works in the area of cognitive science/information processing, and his thinking and research are distilled in his book Religion Explained.. Ehrman’s book (and Great Courses lecture series) Lost Christianities offers a better window into early Jesus worship and the formation of the orthodox canon than Misquoting Jesus.Two excellent, accessible books by Christian theologians create space for modernist Christianity for those who find orthodoxy intellectually or morally untenable: Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes by John Shelby Spong illuminates fundamentally Jewish literary genres, metaphors, and allusions that characterize much of the New Testament and that would have been recognized by contemporaries of the writers. by Thom Stark peels away the anachronistic imposition of uniformity on the texts of the Old Testament. Using the historical critical method he explores the theological arguments and evolution of OT writers and the residual of earlier Near Eastern religions (including polytheism and human sacrifice as orthodox practices in the early Hebrew religion). Stark makes what I think is a devastating critique of biblical literalism and atonement theology, examining the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy through filters that are rational, empirical and moral. Stark is a gorgeous writer, and I learned more about antiquities scholarship and biblical hermeutics from his work than from any of my prior readings.

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