(My copy of the Thomas Merton devotional I have used for decades.)
This could be the most important book I read this year.
“The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self is perhaps the most significant analysis and evaluation of Western culture written by a Protestant during the past fifty years. If you want to understand the social, cultural, and political convulsions we are now experiencing, buy this book, and read it for all it is worth. Highly recommended.”
― Professor of Theology and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; coauthor, The Gospel of Our King
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, by Zeynep Tufekci.
Tufekci explains in this accessible and compelling book the nuanced trajectories of modern protests—how they form, how they operate differently from past protests, and why they have difficulty persisting in their long-term quests for change.
Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity - and Why This Harms Everybody, by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsey.
God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse: What Hawking Said and Why it Matters, by David Hutchings.
"How do we read and trust a supposedly sacred book when its contradictions and moral ambiguities are so apparent? For all who struggle with these questions, this book is for you. Gregory A. Boyd's theological sojourn has imbibed various communities, experiences, and theological paradigms, all evident in these pages about his life-long grappling with Scripture." --Amos Yong, dean of the School of Theology and School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary
The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of our Own Success, by Ross Douthat.
“Douthat’s best book yet, a work of deep cultural analysis, elegantly written and offering provocative thoughts on almost every page. It’s hard to think of a current book that is as insightful about the way we live now as is this one.” —
Moral Relativism: A Reader, by Paul Moser and Thomas Carson.
Are all moral truths relative or do certain moral truths hold for all cultures and people? In Moral Relativism: A Reader, this and related questions are addressed by twenty-one contemporary moral philosophers and thinkers. This engaging and nontechnical anthology, the only up-to-date collection devoted solely to the topic of moral relativism, is accessible to a wide range of readers including undergraduate students from various disciplines. The selections are organized under six main topics: (1) General Issues; (2) Relativism and Moral Diversity; (3) On the Coherence of Moral Relativism; (4) Defense and Criticism; (5) Relativism, Realism, and Rationality; and (6) Case Study on Relativism. Contributors include Ruth Benedict, Richard Brandt, Thomas L. Carson, Philippa Foot, Gordon Graham, Gilbert Harman, Loretta M. Kopelman, David Lyons, J. L. Mackie, Michele Moody-Adams, Paul K. Moser, Thomas Nagel, Martha Nussbaum, Karl Popper, Betsy Postow, James Rachels, W. D. Ross, T. M. Scanlon, William Graham Sumner, and Carl Wellman.
DEVOTIONAL BOOKS I AM NOW USING...
Hearing God Through the Year: A 365 Day Devotional (Dallas Willard)
SOME BOOKS I READ IN 2020...
A Change of Affection: A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption, by Beckett Cook.
A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus, by David Bennett.
Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick Deneen.
The Anatomy of Facism, by Robert Paxton.
"So fair, so thorough and, in the end, so convincing, it may well become the most authoritative . . . study of the subject. . . . A splendid book." –The New York Times Book Review
"Useful and timely. . . . Mussolini and Hitler were the prototypical fascist leaders, and Paxton chronicles their rise to power--and their global influence and ultimate fall--with a brilliant economy." –San Francisco Chronicle
"A deeply intelligent and very readable book. . . . Historical analysis at its best." –The Economist
Until Christ is Formed in You: Dallas Willard and Spiritual Formation, Stephen Porter and Gary Moon.