Tuesday, June 16, 2009

3 More Books to Read

(Linda, my wonderful wife of nearly 36 years.)

I read books instead of watching TV. This is especially true after the Red Wings lost in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

I make this note to myself. For future reading:

Peter Berger's The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics.

Berger's Questions of Faith: A Skeptical Affirmation of Christianity (Religion and Spirituality in the Modern World).

Jurgen Habermas's Between Naturalism and Religion: Philosophical Essays.

Years ago I read Berger's books, especially enjoying The Social Construction of Reality and The Sacred Canopy. He's a brilliant scholar and an excellent writer. I haven't read Berger in quite a while, and look forward to connecting with his thinking again.

Habermas, the brilliant political philosopher who most identify "as one of the most influential philosophers in the world," was until recently teaching in Northwestern University's philosophy department where I studied. When I was there Habermas wasn't there, but I was nevertheless excited when he joined NU's already-excellent department. In his new book Habermas "questions whether modern societies possess the moral resources to persevere without relying on their religious roots — the Judeo-Christian basis of secular ethics, for example."