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A SHORT AND BALANCED BOOKLIST
FOR AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LITERACY

The Reverend Vern Barnet, DMn, 2014



 

If folks studied all of these books, they would have a superior knowledge of what religion is about and how it is inflected.

¶ Catherine L Albanese: America: Religions and Religion

¶ Karen Armstrong: A History of God

¶ Randall Balmer: God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.

¶ Ian G Barbour: Religion and Science

¶ Joel D Beversluis: Sourcebook of the World's Religions: An Interfaith Guide to Religion and Spirituality

¶ Joseph Campbell: The Hero with a Thousand Faces
¶ Joseph Campbell: The Masks of God (4 vols, Primitive Mythology, Oriental Mythology, Occidental Mythology, Creative Mythology)

¶ Forrest Church: So Help Me God: The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle Over Church and State

¶ Wendy Doniger (O'Flaherty): Other People's Myths

¶ Diana L Eck: A New Religious America: How a "Christian Country Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation.

¶ Mircea Eliade: Encyclopedia of Religion (16 vols)
¶ Mircea Eliade: A History of Religious Ideas (3 vols)
¶ Mircea Eliade: Patterns in Comparative Religion
¶ Mircea Eliade: Cosmos and History: The Myth of the Eternal Return
¶ Mircea Eliade: From Primitives to Zen (published both as 1 and as 4 vols)
¶ Mircea Eliade and Ioan P Couliano: The Eliade Guide to World Religions

¶ Anthony Flew and Alasdair MacIntyre: New Essays in Philosophical Theology

¶ Georg Feuerstein: Sacred Sexuality

¶ Stanley J Grenz: A Primer on Postmodernism

¶ Andrew Harvey: The Essential Mystics: The Soul's Journey into Truth

¶ Anton Jacobs: Religion and the Critical Mind: A Journey for Seekers, Doubters and the Curious

¶ Bud Heckman: InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook

¶ Steven L Jeffers, Michael E Nelson, Vern Barnet, Michael C Brannigan: The Essential Guide to Religious Traditions and Spirituality for Health Care Providers

¶ Paul F Knitter: Introducing Theologies of Religions

¶ Stuart M Matlins and Arthur J Magida: How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook

¶ Martin E Marty: The One and the Many: America's Struggle for the Common Good

¶ Philip Novak: The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

¶ Geoffrey Parrinder: Worship in the World's Religions

¶ Christopher Partridge: New Religions: A Guide

¶ Eboo Patel: Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

¶ Stephen Prothero: Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know - and Doesn't
¶ Stephen Prothero: God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World - and Why Their Differences Matter

¶ Roger Schmidt: Exploring Religion

¶ Arvind Sharma: Our Religions

¶ Huston Smith:The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

¶ Wilfred Cantwell Smith: Towards a World Theology