Garry Wills, “Saint Augustine” (audiobook)

The recording of the book was okay, but I felt no need to read the actual text.  It’s a straightforward and sympathetic biography; St. Augustine was not antisex, etc.  The book is not too doctrinally complicated; it does discuss the dispute with Pelagius.

G.K. Chesterton, “St. Thomas Aquinas”

“St. Thomas did not reconcile Christ to Aristotle; he reconciled Aristotle to Christ.”  (28) Chesterton sees Aquinas as a very practical thinker: commonsensical rather than abstract-to-the-extreme as more modern thinkers are.  Chesterton is also critical of both Augustine and Luther to an extent.  Nothing wrong with the flesh:  That’s part of who we are.

Paul E. Little, “Know What You Believe”

Some notes:  (1) At the beginning, he makes the point (that I also make elsewhere on this site) that it actually made good sense for God to want to have His words written down.  (2) He argues toward the end that faith determines Heaven or Hell, but works determine the level in either.

C.S. Lewis, “Christian Reflections”

Just a couple of notes: (1) The first part of his “Psalms’ (115-17) — on what we have in common with (and how we differ from) the Greeks and Romans versus the Hebrews — is great. (2) It’s thought-provoking that he thinks Jesus got some genes from Mary (121).

Boethius, “The Consolation of Philosophy”

Interesting for intersection of classical thought and Christianity (although not overtly Christian, but monotheistic).  Would love for Sarah Ruden to write about it! Book V, section II:  The more depraved you are the less free will you have; the closer to God you are, the more free will you have. Long discussion in book V … [Read more…]

Books

Over the years, I’ve taken notes on the books I’ve read on Christianity-related topics.  This section of the blogsite will include those notes. The books naturally reflect my own interests and, since in any event I can’t read everything in this area, the list is inevitably to some degree idiosyncratic.  And there are lots of … [Read more…]