Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Reading

So, I'm taking advantage of Christmas break to get a jump start on some stuff for next semester--internship, directed studies, etc. I haven't been so excited about a break reading list in a looong time :) Check out these titles! Most of them (actually, all) have been ordered on Amazon (i got some GREAT deals!) and are being shipped home or to grandmas. I'll be coming back to school with a new mini library. I'm eager for what kind of learning next semester will bring. This semester was a little rough academically because many of my classes were just "to get them done" and fill the requirements. I so much prefer to take classes that i can engage with and grow eager over. Next semester offers several of those--including TWO directed studies. Somewhere along the lines I miscounted my Bible electives and need another. So I'm adding another directed study with Dr. Schmutzer on A Biblical Theology of Sin. It goes without saying that I am so very excited about this. Also, the directed study with Dr. Peterman is filled out and submitted--A Study of Jesus' Healing Ministry.

In case any of you are wondering what to read over break, here are a few titles that might catch your interest.

Bartov, Omer and Phyllis Mack. In God’s Name: Genocide and Religion in the 21st Century. New York: Berghahn, 2001.

Biddle, Mark E. Missing the Mark: Sin and its Consequences in Biblical Theology. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005.

Brown, Robert McAfee. Making Peace in the Global Village. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1981.

Goldingay, John. Walk On: Life, Loss, Trust, and Other Realities. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002.

Power, Samantha. A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. New york: Harper Collins, 2002.

Swinton, John. Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.


M. Perkins said...

Well gees. Cheery, those titles. That first one seems interesting because the 21st century is, uh, young.

What I'm hoping to study for my Masters is religion and nationalism in modern western Europe.

If you continue your interest in these sorts of things (religion/nationalism/genocide), I highly recommend Michael Burleigh's Sacred Causes, which is really good (though definitely from an angle) and Steigmann-Gall's (I think that's his name) The Holy Reich, which basically argues that the Nazis were Christians. Some of his fundamental premises are flawed, so you have to be careful with it, but it's a really challenging book.

Also on my reading list is Dr Gamble's War for Righteousness, which is about the development of the redeemer-nation idea in America through the early 20th century, which has become such a part of neo-conservatism even though it's a traditionally progressive idea.

By the way, I haven't read Samantha Power but suspect that her book might fall into the "perfect justice = unending conflict" category. Just a thought.

Andrea said...

yeah, there's a fairly "wide" range of perspectives represented in these titles but i realize that--and plan to read in light of that. The Powers book will be especially interesting. Are you reading War for Righteousness or haven't you started it yet? It sounds very interesting.