It was a fun, yet tedious, process of coming up with this years reading list. It isn’t a huge list since I have a full time course load, but it is fairly diverse, and hopefully I’ll find time to add more and read more!
This is my main goal for this year. Reading through the second volume of Barth’s Church Dogmatics. Over the years I’ve read through sections that interested me, but to truly grasp what Barth was attempting to say, proof texting will not suffice. This volume covers the knowledge of God, the reality of God and Barth’s controversial doctrine of Election (II.2). I contemplated just working through the second part of the volume, but since Barth tends to write like a symphony, I want to really follow his thought from beginning to end. Needless to say, this will be some heavy lifting.
I just recently discovered this Introduction to Barth’s Dogmatics, and Barth himself said that Weber was one of the only people to ever understand his theology. This should prove to be very helpful!
Next we have Bruce Benson’s ‘Pious Nietzsche’. Benson contends Nietzsche was not an atheist who promoted nihilism, but rather Nietzsche was deeply religious. I’ve already started reading this, and it is wonderful so far.
Last year I tackled Webster’s ‘Holy Scripture’, which was a very fruitful read. ‘Holiness’ has been a book I’ve been itching to read.
I just recently finished up Channon Ross’s ‘Gifts Glittering and Poisoned‘ in which he shows how the Eucharist is vital in combating the spectacle of a modern day consumer driven Empire, much like the early Christians against the Roman Empire’s spectacle of violence in the colosseums. ‘Caesar and the Lamb’ is an unexpected companion to Ross’s book. Where Ross focuses on the Eucharist, Kalantzis focuses on the early Church’s rejection of Caesar as lord, and how this should affect our modern context today.
Happy reading to all!