Summer Reading

This summer I read and enjoyed books old and new:

Great fun, if you like knowing how ideas develop and change over centuries.

A quick read that'll help you understand what philosophical background has shaped your ideas and images of eternity.

I enjoyed this one very much. Well written, broad, and with just enough depth.

Nice, but too much paper.

I got to know Garry Wills through Head and Heart: American Christianities, a book that helped me understand the religious landscape of the US and US politics. This little book on Paul is very good, and I think it would be a good one for a church book group to tackle.

Same here. Quick read, solid stuff. Great conversation starters.

I do read fiction in the summer! I can't say it was fun, but once I started it, I didn't put it down.

Even the universe is mortal. That's old news for theologians, but it still gives rise to good thinking and writing. Physicists are underrepresented, though.

So careful to the type she [nature] seems,
So careless of the single life;
"So careful of the type?" but no.
From scarped cliffs and quarried stone
She cries, "A thousand types are gone:
I care for nothing, all shall go." Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam, verses LV and LVI

Southgate's book is a deep reflection on the beauty and violence of life, and what that means for our thinking about redeemed creation.