In any case, I read rather more this past year than the year before. I chalk this up to the fact that in 2012 I was still very much getting used to this whole teaching thing. But this past year I felt much more confident in it and was able to spend more time with my nose in books.
Before getting to the list I want to quickly note that these are books that I read cover to cover, or at least significant chunks of (hundreds of pages), that I had not read before. While I include works of history and popular treatments of religious topics, I do not include here my fiction / literature reading. They are presented in roughly chronological order of when I finished them. Asterisks (*) indicate that I have composed a professional review of a particular book that is forthcoming with some journal. Okay – here’s the list!
- Barth, Epistle to the Romans
- Ford, Theology: A Very Short Introduction
- Littlejohn, Daoism: An Introduction
- Gollwitzer, The Way to Life: Sermons in a Time of World Crisis
- Miller, Finding Darwin’s God
- van Norden, Introducing Classical Chinese Philosophy
- Thiessen, Apostolic and Prophetic (*)
- Levering, Theology of Augustine (*)
- McFague, Metaphorical Theology
- Wiman, My Bright Abyss
- Cullmann, Immortality of the Soul or Resurrection of the Dead?
- Ching, Chinese Religions
- Calvin, Tracts and Letters, vol. 5
- Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me
- Larson, Summer for the Gods
- Billings & Hesselink (eds.), Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception (*)
- Gollwitzer, The Existence of God
- Bonhoeffer, Act and Being
- Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist?
- Yang, An, and Turner, Handbook of Chinese Mythology
- Meacham, Thomas Jefferson
- Aldington, The Duke
- Ivanhoe & van Norden, Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy
- Newbigin, The Open Secret
- Bellah, Religion in Human Evolution
- Drescher, Ernst Troeltsch
- Barth, How I Changed My Mind
- Goroncy, Hallowed Be Thy Name (*)
- Gollwitzer, Dying and Living Lord
- Appold, The Reformation
Yeah, that’s right. 30 books. 30 scholarly books. I’m pretty proud of this. Let’s see if I can match it in 2014!
Some of these books will be familiar to regular DET visitors thanks to – if nothing else – posts that I have done on them. Have any of you, gentle readers, read any of these volumes? If so, use the comments section to let me know what you thought of them.