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The following books are works that have enriched my life in various ways, whether philosophically, theologically, or spiritually. While I may not agree with every idea affirmed or denied in these books, I commend them to the discerning person; we grow more from adversity than from pleasure. These books have challenged, enlarged, exhorted, and informed me in dynamic ways; they've enlarged my understanding on all sorts of issues.

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Mortimer J. Adler, Aristotle for EverybodyHow to Read a Book; How to Think About the Great Ideas:  From the Great Books of Western Civilization; Ten Philosophical Mistakes.

Ronald B. Allen, The Majesty of Man; The Wonder of Worship

Elizabeth Anscombe, "On Modern Moral Philosophy"

Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica; On Truth

John Armstrong (general editor):  The Coming Evangelical Crisis:  Current Challenges to the Authority of Scripture and the Gospel

Aristotle, Metaphysics, Nichomachean Ethics

Augustine, Confessions

Richard Barron, Heaven in Stone and Glass

Voddie T Baucham Jr, Family Driven Faith:  Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God

Monroe C. Beardsley, Aesthetics:  From Classical Greece to the Present

Francis A. Beckwith and Greg Koukl, Relativism:  Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air

Louis Berkhof, Manual of Christian Doctrine; Systematic Theology

Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

Polly Schover Brooks, Queen Eleanor:  Independent Spirit of the Medieval World: A Biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Harold O.J. Brown, The Sensate Culture

Donald E. Brown, Human Universals (on defining and demonstrating human universals but I whole heartily reject his view of evolution)

F.F. Bruce, New Testament History

J. Budziszewski, What You Can't Not KnowWritten On the Heart: The Case for Natural LawThe Revenge of Conscience; Ask Me Anything; Natural Law for Lawyers; Ask Me Anything 2; On The Meaning of Sex.

John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Chalcedon Creed (451 A.D)

D. A. Carson, Gagging of God; Gospel of John; Love in Hard Places; Christ and Culture Revisted

Lewis Sperry Chafer, GraceHe That Is SpiritualSystematic Theology

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest; The Collected Works of Oswald Chambers

G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy:  The Romance of Faith; The Everlasting Man

Chuck Colson, How Now Shall We Then Live (and Nancy Pearcey); Loving God

Frederick Copleston, A History of Philosophy, 9 vols.

William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith
Winfried Corduan, A Tapestry of Faiths: The Common Thread Between Christianity & World Religions

Stephen H. Daniel, Contemporary Continental Philosophy; Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards

William A. Dembski, The Design Revolution:  Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design

Timothy Demy & Gary P. Stewart, editors of Genetic Engineering:  A Christian Response.

Rene Descartes, Meditations
John Dewey, Art as Experience

Alan Donagan, The Theory of Morality

David Dorsey, The Literary Structure of the Old Testament

Avery Dulles,  A History of Apologetics

Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruit, On Knowing Christ, Religious Affections

Paul Enns, The Moody Handbook of Theology

Millard Erickson, Systematic Theology

Norman Fiering, Jonathan Edwards's Moral Thought and British Context

John S. Feinberg & Paul D. Feinberg, Ethics for a Brave New World

William Frankena, Ethics

Bryan A. Follis, Truth with Love:  The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer

Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Israelology:  The Missing Link; The Footsteps of the Messiah

Gary Habermas, The Historical Jesus:  Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ

John Hare, Why Bother Being Good:  The Place of God in the Moral Life; The Moral Gap

Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, 3 vols; The Way of Life

Harold Hoehner, Ephesians:  An Exegetical Commentary

Thomas Howe, Objectivity in Biblical Interpretation

H.A. Ironside and his various commentaries on the books of the Bible.

Norman Geisler, Baker's Encyclopedia of Christian ApologeticsChosen But Free; Inerrancy (editor); I don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist (co-author Frank Turek); Systematic Theology, 4 vols.; Why I am a Christian:  Leading Thinkers Explain Why They Believe, edited by Norman L. Geisler & Paul K. Hoffman

Patrick Glynn:  God:  The Evidence:  The Reconcilation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology; Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem.

Douglas Groothius, On JesusOn PascalTruth Decay

Os Guinness, The Dust of Death; Prophetic Untimeliness:  A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance; Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype, & Spin

John Hannah, editor of Inerrancy and the Church; Our Legacy

Howard and William Hendricks, Living by the Book; Howard Hendrick's, Teaching to Change Lives

E.D. Hirsch Jr., Validity in Interpretation

Tommy Ice & Timothy Demy (editors) of When the Trumpet Sounds

Elliott E. Johnson, Expository Hermeneutics

Paul Johnson, The Quest for God

Peter Kreeft & Ronald Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics

Peter Kreeft, The Philosophy of Jesus

C.S. Lewis, Abolition of ManMere Christianity; The Problem of Pain; God in the Dock

Robert P. Lightner, Complete InerrancyHandbook of Evangelical TheologyThe Case for Unlimited Atonement;Heaven for Those Who Can't BelieveSin, The Savior, and Salvation; Angels, Satan, and Demons

Erwin Lutzer, Hitler's Cross; Ten Lies About God; Why Good People Do Bad Things: Where was God?; Getting to No:  How To Break a Stubborn Habit.

J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism

Aubrey Malphurs, Maximizing Your Effectiveness

John McArthur, The Vanishing Conscience

Josh McDowell, New Evidence That Demands a Verdict

Gary L. McIntosh:  One Size Doesn't Fit all:  Bringing out the Best in Any Size Church

Al Mohler, Atheism Remix

John Warwick Montgomery (editor), Evidence for Faith:  Deciding the God Question

J. P. Moreland, Love God With All Your Mind; Christianity and the Nature of Science; Scaling the Secular City:  A Defense of Christianity; Kingdom Triangle:  Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power

Ronald H. Nash, Life's Ultimate Problems:  An Introduction to Philosophy; Worldviews in Conflict.

Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture

John Owen, The Mortification of Sin

Blaise Pascal, Pensees

Friedrich Paulsen, A System of Ethics

Nancy Pearcey, Total Truth; Saving Leonardo; Finding Truth. 

J. Dwight Pentecost, Designed to Be Like Him; Things to ComeThe Words and Works of Jesus Christ;

John Piper; The Pleasures of God; Don't Waste Your Life; When I don't Desire God

Plato, Plato's Republic

Alvin Plantinga, God and Other Minds

Jean Porter, Natural and Divine Law:  Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics

Miklos Radnoti, The Major Poems of Miklos Radnoti

Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries

Thomas Reid, Essays on the Intellectual Powers of the Human Mind; The Works of Thomas Reid (2 vols)

Hans Rookmaaker, The Complete Works of Hans R. Rookmaaker (edited by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker), 6 vols.

Charles C. Ryrie, Basic Theology; Dispensationalism:  Revised & ExpandedSo Great Salvation; Transformed by His Glory; Balancing the Christian Life

Kenneth Richard Samples, Without a Doubt:  Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions

Philip Schaff & Authur Gilman's edited work, A Library of Religious Poetry:  A Collection of the Best Poems of All Ages and Tongues (1882)

Francis A. Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer

Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction

George Smeaton, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Pitirim Sorokin, The Crisis of our Age

C.H. Spurgeon, The Sermons of Spurgeon

Richard Swinburne, The Existence of God

Theological Aesthetics:  A Reader, edited by Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen

Charles Taylor, A Secular Age

Robert Thomas, Revelation:  An Exegetical Commentary (2 vols); Who am I?

W.H. Griffith Thomas, Christianity is ChristLet Us Go On; The Holy Spirit

J. R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings; "On Fairy-Stories" in The Tolkien Reader

A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God; The Knowledge of the Holy; The Divine Conquest; We Travel an Appointed Way.

Theodore H. Van Laue, The World Revolution of Westernization

Cornelius Van Til, A Survey of Christian Epistemology

Paul Vitz, The Faith of the Fatherless:  The Psychology of Atheism; The Self:  Beyond the Postmodern Crisis (co-editor with Susan M. Felch).

Virtue Ethics, edited by Roger Crisp and Michael Slote

Daniel B. Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics

John F. Walvoord, The Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ our Lord; The Millennial Kingdom; The Prophecy Knowledge Handbook; The Rapture Question; Major Bible Prophecies; End Times; The Final Drama; What We Believe.

B.B. Warfield, The Complete Works of B.B. Warfield, 10 volumes.

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

David Wells, God in the Wasteland:  The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams.

John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley

Edward J. Young, Thy Word is Truth

Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God?; Walking from East to West (biography); The Grand Weaver:  How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives? The Real Face of Atheism

Roy B. Zuck, Basic Bible Interpretation, Teaching with Holy Spirit Power


The Nelson Study Bible (now 2nd expanded edition)

The Net Bible

The Premillennial Dictionary of Theology, edited by Mal Couch.

The English Standard Version (translation)

The Valley of Vision (collection of puritan prayers) edited by Arthur Bennett

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