A Suggested Reading List

A partial and incomplete list, but hopefully a map for those seeking.

On Christian worship:
Give Praise to God Ligon Duncan
With Reverence and Awe D. G. Hart and Muether
Whatever Happened to Worship – A.W. Tozer

On ordinate affection:
Religious Affections Jonathan Edwards
Freedom of the Will Jonathan Edwards
The Four Loves C.S. Lewis
The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis
From Passions to Emotions Thomas Dixon
Confessions  Augustine

On the meaning of culture:
Notes Toward the Definition of Culture T.S. Eliot
The Idea of a Christian Society T.S. Eliot
Christianity and Culture J. Gresham Machen
Culture Counts: Faith and Feeling in a World Besieged Roger Scruton
All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes Kenneth Myers
The Aesthetics of Popular Art Abraham Kaplan

On the mess we’re in:
Ideas Have Consequences Richard Weaver
Pilgrims’ Regress C.S. Lewis
From Dawn to Decadence Jacques Barzun
No Place for Truth; God in the Wasteland, Above All Earthly Powers David Wells

On the imagination:
Saving the Appearances Owen Barfield
The Discarded Image
Ideas Have Consequences
Orthodoxy G.K. Chesterton

For learning judgement

of rhetoric:
Less Than Words Can Say Richard Mitchell
Language is Sermonic Richard Weaver
The Ethics of Rhetoric Richard Weaver
Rhetoric & Composition Richard Weaver

of music:

What To Listen For in Music Aaron Copland
Music, the Arts and Ideas Leonard B Meyer
Emotion and Meaning in Music Leonard B. Meyer
Structural Functions in Music, WallaceBerry
Music, Passion and Politics Carson Holloway
The Joy of Music Leonard Bernstein
The Infinite Variety of Music Leonard Bernstein
Only the Lover Sings Josef Pieper
Understanding Music; The Aesthetics of Music
Roger Scruton
Worship in Song – Scott Aniol
Singing and Making Music – Paul Jones

of poetry
Understanding Poetry Cleanth Brooks & Robert Penn Warren
Poetic Diction Owen Barfield
The Art of Biblical Poetry – Robert Alter
The Anatomy of Hymnody – Austin Lovelace

Of beauty
A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Sublime and Beautiful Edmund Burke
Beauty  Roger Scruton
The Aesthetics of Popular Art Abraham Kaplan

Of  literature & narrative
Understanding Fiction Cleanth Brooks, Robert Penn Warren
The Art of Biblical Narrative – Robert Alter

Of architecture & the plastic arts
The Story of Architecture by Jonathan Glancey
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order by Francis D.K. Ching
Modern Art and the Death of a Culture H.R. Rookmaaker
The Use and Abuse of Art Jacques Barzun
The Painted Word, Tom Wolfe

Of  theatre/television
Amusing Ourselves to Death Neil Postman

Of  technology
Technopoly Neil Postman

The Christian tradition
See here.


2 Responses to “A Suggested Reading List”

  1. Robert Monyamane Says:

    I would like to get lesson about Christianity.
    I recently read a pamphlet saying the judgement of the Lord on the earth will be on 2011/ May/ 21 from family radio issue, could this be true?

  2. David Says:

    No – Matthew 24:36.

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