Books that have influenced me

Dostoevsky, Fyodor.  The Brothers Karamazov.  I don’t know how many times I’ve read this.    Probably had the most impact on me than any other book.

Dante, The Divine Comedy (particularly the Sayers edition).  Made me fall dangerously in love with medievalism.

Bavinck, Herman.  Reformed Dogmatics: Prolegomena

Wright, N. T.  Jesus and the Victory of God.   Wright even kindly autographed my copy.  The important point of this book’s inclusion is that it made the Synoptic gospels exciting again.  Let’s be honest, we Reformed types implicitly privilege Paul over the gospels.  I’m not fussing; it’s just a fact.  Everyone has a “canon within a canon.” That’s fine.  Even when we do like the Gospels, it is usually John over the Synoptics, since John allows for an easy move to God from Jesus.    Wright shows how the Synoptics can be the most exciting books in the Bible.

 

Purves, Jock. Fair Sunshine

Calvin, John. Institutes of Christian Religion

Reid, Thomas.  Inquiry and Essays.  Most Reformed Kuyperians who bash common-sense realism haven’t dealt with it in any serious manner.  The fact that you just understood the sentence you read demonstrates the truth of CSR.

Shakespeare, William.   Any of his plays.   He writes with a “manly” rhythm.