Recommended Reading

Because I’m pretentious enough to tell you what to read and watch.

Note that a single asterisk next to a book means that I sternly  disagree with some of the author’s points, but nevertheless recommend the book because it has many merits (i.e., Aping Mankind). Two asterisks mean that the book is completely opposite to my views, but is worth reading for the sake of understanding the context of current debates (i.e., work by the New Atheists).

As with everything in life, even the books without asterisks do not match up with what I believe 100 percent (even the Orthodox books deviate time to time!). Examine everything, my dear friends: the books here are recommended because their overall work is good, even if they get specifics horribly wrong.

Some of the anime here (specifically Neon Genesis Evangelion) is a bit of a controversy among Christians. Needless to say, anime has a horrible track record of understanding Christianity at the most basic of levels, and as such if such anime are your first exposure, may I recommend something else? The New Testament.

Anime

Puella Magi Madoka Magicawatch it here
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. watch it here
Steins; Gate
Neon Genesis Evangelion

Theology

Christology

  • McGuckin, J.A. St. Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy.
  • Bathrellos, D. The Byzantine Christ.

Dogmatics

  • Stăniloae, D. The Experience of God. Six Volumes.

Great Schism

  • Clement, O. You Are Peter: An Orthodox Reflection on the Exercise of Papal Primacy.
  • Plested, M. Orthodox Readings of Aquinas.
  • Runciman, S. The Eastern Schism.

Scripture

  • Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna. Scripture and Tradition.

Theosis

  • Russel, N. Fellow Workers with God: Orthodox Thinking on Theosis.

History

  • Behr, J. The Way to Nicea. 
  • _____. The Nicean Faith. Two volumes.

New Testament

  • Wright, N.T. The Resurrection of the Son of God.
  • ________. Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Two volumes.

Old Testament

  • Kitchen, K.A. On The Reliability of the Old Testament.
  • Pentiuc, E. J. The Old Testament in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition.

Philosophy

Problem of Evil

  • Hart, D. B. The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami?

Secularism, Science, Atheism, and Religion

  • Cavanaugh, W. T. The Myth of Religious Violence.
  • Hart, D. B. Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies. [My Review]
  • ________. In the Aftermath: Provocations and Laments.
  • ________. The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss.
  • Hutchinson, I. Monopolizing Knowledge. 
  • Mariano, A. The Mind of the Universe: Understanding Science and Religion.
  • Tallis, R. Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity.*
  • Wilcox, R. The Truth About the Shroud of Turin: Solving the Mystery.
  • Wilson, I. The Shroud: The 2000-Year-Old Mystery Solved.

 

 

 

 

 

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