Friday, October 14, 2022

My Top Ten Books for 2022


                                                   (My home office, and Zoom room.)

Here are ten books I read in 2022, that I found excellent. In alphabetical order.

Charles Camosy, Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine Is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality. This was a Christmas present from my son Dan. Eye-opening, for me. 

Sabine Hossenfelder, Existential Physics: A Scientist's Guide to Life's Biggest QuestionsDoes the past still exist? Do particles think? Was the universe made for us? Has physics ruled out free will? I may not agree with all her outcomes, but I love thinking about life's Big Questions. (Such as in one of my all-time favorites, by Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story.)

Greg Johnson, Still Time to Care: What We Can Learn from the Church's Failed Attempt to Cure Homosexuality. When I read the reviews by Tim Keller, Becket Cook, Mark Yarhouse, David Bennett, and Wesley Hill, I knew I needed to read Johnson's book.

Craig Keener, Miracles Today: The Supernatural Work of God In the Modern World. Meticulous inspiration from one of the world's greatest New Testament scholars. 

Louise Mabile, Paul Copan, et. al., The Morality Wars: The Ongoing Debate Over the Origin of Human Goodness. I took this book on vacation with me this summer. One of the books to read on metaethics.

J. P. Moreland, A Simple Guide to Experience Miracles: Instruction and Inspiration for Living Supernaturally in Christ. Inspiring, encouraging, moving, clarifying.

Harold Netland, Religious Experience and the Knowledge of God: The Evidential Force of Divine Encounters. An excellent book for me, adding to my thoughts on "The Case for Religious Experience" in my book Leading the Presence-Driven Church

Roger Olson, Against Liberal Theology: Putting the Brakes on Progressive Christianity. Olson persuasively, and carefully, shows how liberal theology is best classified as another religion, and how progressive Christianity's end-game is liberal theology.

Carl Trueman, Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution. An excellent follow-up to Trueman's majestic The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution

Ben Witherington, Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Galatians. At Redeemer we've been preaching through the heavyweight book of Galatians. Witherington is a great scholar, and an excellent writer.

Bonus favorite - I've been loving listening to the Latin jazz music of Juan Carlos Quintero

Linda and I have two grandchildren. I am re-reading children's books. To include my favorite...