Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Books to Read

James V. Schall in his book, On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs, lists twenty-five books everyone should read:

1. Josef Pieper: An Anthology
2. G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
3. Yves Simon, A General Theory of Authority
4. Dorothy Sayers, The Whimsical Christian
5. E. F. Schumacher, A Guide to the Perplexed
6. Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow, a Novel
7. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
8. James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
9. Denis de Rougemont, Love in the Western World
10. Leon Kass, The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfection of our Nature
11. Karol Wojtyla, Crossing the Threshold of Hope
12. J. M. Bochenski, Philosophy: An Introduction
13. Hilaire Belloc, The Four Men
14. Herbert Butterfield, Christianity and History
15. Hans Urs von Balthasar, A Short Primer for Unsettled Laymen
16. J. R. R. Tolkien, "On Fairy Stories," The Tolkien Reader
17. Julian Simon, The Ultimate Resource II
18. Robert Sokolowski, The God of Faith and Reason
19. Hadley Arkes, First Things: An Inquiry into First Principles of Morals and Justice
20. Stanley Jaki, Chance or Reality and Other Essays
21. Henry Veatch, Rational Man: A Modern Interpretation of Aristotelian Ethics
22. Christopher Dawson, Religion and the Rise of Western Culture
23. Christopher Derrick, Escape from Skepticism: Liberal Education as if the Truth Mattered
24. E. L. Mascall, The Christian Universe
25. Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

I have read most of these books and highly commend them. If these books are not available through your library, you can order them through Inter-library loan, a service provided by most libraries.

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