Books I Plan to Finish Someday...
"The best laid plans of mice and men.........are about equal."
[These are now sorted into a list by subject
matter, and a list of abbreviations that
I use in the CTT writings...hope it helps. I have also begun filing previous
years books in their own file--to shorten file access times. I have all
of 1998, 1997,
and most of 1995
books. I have added a
small Recommended Books table, as well.]
Books acquired/found in 1999.
Dec 31, 1999
[WR:ARMI] Anthropological Reflections on Missiological Issues, Paul
G. Hiebert, Baker:1994.
[WR:GG] The Global God: Multicultural Evangelical Views of God,
Aida Besancon Spencer and William David Spencer (eds.), Baker:1998.
[WR:QR] The Quiet Revolution: The Story of a Living Faith around the
World, Robin Keeley (ed.), Eerdmans:1985.
[HI:RFCW] Readings from the First-Century World, Walter A. Elwell
and Robert W. Yarbrough (eds.), Baker:1998. [Good one-volume collection
of relevant background quotes-organized well.]
[NT:JMW] Jesus the Miracle Worker: A Historical and Theological Study,
Graham H. Twelftree, IVP:1999.
[OT:TAE] Temples of Ancient Egypt, Byron E. Shafer (ed.), Cornell:1997.
[HI:PGPR] The Pagan God: Popular Religion in the Greco-Roman Near East,
Javier Teixidor, Princeton:1977. [Out of print]
[HI:Ginz] The Legends of the Jews (multivols), Louis Ginzberg, John
Hopkins paperbacks of JPS editions:1966.
[TH:BMR] Black Man's Regligion: Can Christianity be Afrocentric?
Glenn Usry and Craig S. Keener, IVP:1996]
Oct 10, 1999
[PH:RHW] Reason for the Hope Within. Michael Murray (ed.). Eerdmans:1999.
[Absolutely the best book I have read on philosophical apologetics ever!
EVERY Christian college student should read this book carefully.]
[PH:GAE] God and Evil: An Introduction to the Issues. Michael L.
Peterson. Westview:1998. [An excellent technical book on the POE in its
[PH:POER] The Problem of Evil (Oxford Readings in Philosophy). Marilyn
McCord Adams and Robert Merrihew Adams (eds.). Oxford:1990.
[PH:HEGG] Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God. Marilyn McCord
[NS:TBW] The Blind Watchmaker. Richard Dawkins. Norton:1996.
[NS:TSG] The Selfish Gene. Richard Dawkins. Oxford:1989.
[NS:DBB] Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution.
Michael J. Behe. Touchstone:1996. [by a professor of biochem]
[NS:ND] Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology reveal Purpose in
the Universe. Michael J. Denton. Free Press:1998. [MD, PhD, research
fellow in human molecular genetics]
[NS:NBC] Not by Chance!--Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution.
Lee Spetner. Judaica Press:1997. [by a biophysicist...E. Simon (prof. of
biology at Purdue: "certainly the most rational attack on evolution that
I have ever read")...information vs. randomness approach]
[NS:IBWI] In the Beginning was Information. Werner Gitt. Christliche
Literatur-Verbreitung e.V.:1997. [information science approach to the origin
[NS:PHE] Principles of Human Evolution--A Core Textbook. Roger Lewin.
Blackwell Science:1998 (rev.ed.).
[NS:TMM] The Meme Machine. Susan Blackmore. Oxford:1999. [forward
and recc. by R. Dawkins...has a chapter on religion as memplex]
[NS:PM] The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art and
Science. Steven Mithen. Thames and Hudson:1009.
[PH:APJ] Atheism: A Philosophical Justification. Michael Martin.
July 5, 1999
[NS:IRH] Induced Responses to Herbivory. Richard Karban and Ian
T. Baldwin. UChicagoPress:1997.
[NS:BPS] The Biology Problem Solver. M. Fogiel. REA:1998.
[NS:SOB] Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Biology (2nd
ed). George Fried and George Hademenos. Schaum's:1999.
[HI:DSS50B] The Dead Sea Scrolls after Fifty Years (vol 2). Peter
W. Flint and James C. Vanderkam (eds). Brill:1999.
[OT:FSN] The Final Sack of Nineveh. John Malcolm Russell. Yale:1998.
[TH:DBF] Defending Black Faith: Answers to Tough Questions about African-American
Christianity. Craig S. Keener and Glenn Usry, IVP:1997.
[HI:ELAR] Everyday Life in Ancient Rome. Lionel Casson. Johns Hopkins:1998
[CS:WEW] When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals. Jeffrey
Masson and Susan McCarthy. Dell:1995.
[HI:HOS] History of the Samaritans. Nathan Schur. Peter Lang:1992
[NT:NTWICA] The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology.
Bruce J. Malina. WJK:1993 (rev.ed).
[NS:TC] The Carnivores. R.F.Ewer. Cornell:1973.
[NS:RHLP] The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators. Gordon Grice.
[NS:AWB] Animals without Backbones. R. Buchsbaum, M. Buchsbaum,
J. Pearse, V. Pearse. Uchicago:1987 (3rd ed.)
[PH:POP] The Problem of Pain. C.S. Lewis. Simon/Schuster:1962. (gave
away my earlier copy; needed for animal suffering)
[TH:HLD] Hell: The Logic of Damnation. Jerry L. Walls. UofNotreDame:1992.
[very, very good. Wesleyan approach.]
[NT:CTENTM] The Complete Text of the Earliest New Testament Manuscripts.
Philip W. Comfort and David P. Barrett (eds.). Baker:1999.
[HI:NJBC] The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Raymond Brown, Joseph
Fitzmyer, Roland Murphy. Prentice Hall:1990. [Big names from the moderate-to-liberal
Catholic scholarly community, but somehow still carries the imprimatur
and nihil obstat...]
[PH:DNNHE] Dark Nature: A Natural History of Evil. Lyall Watson.
[I also got Rashi's commentary and the NIDNTT on CD-rom.]
[NS:AAA] Anthropomorhpism, Anecdotes, and Animals. Robert Mitchell,
Nicholas Thompson, H Lyn Miles (eds.). SUNY:1997.
[NS:DLO] The Diversity of Living Organisms. R.S.K. Barnes (ed).
[NS:EI] The Ecology of Insects: Concepts and Application. Martin
Speight, Mark Hunter, and Allan Watt. Blackwell:1999.
[Some of these books I have had on order for almost a
year, and would not have bought this month otherwise, given my financial
strictures at this point! ]
May 5, 1999
[WR:OK] The Origins of the Koran: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book,
Ibn Warraq (ed.), Prometheus:1998. [Interesting collection of essays by
early scholars on the textual variants, both ancient and modern, of the
Qu'ran. Also contains chapters on Quranic borrowing from Judaism and Christianity.]
[HI:HCA] A History of Christianity in Asia: Volume I, Beginnings to
1500, Samuel Hugh Moffett, Orbis:1998 (2nd rev).
[WR:RICQ] Rethinking Islam: Common Questions, Uncommon Answers,
Mohammed Arkoun (trans. Robert D. Lee), Westview:1994. [by a "liberal"
muslim, professor at the Sorbonne.]
[WR:ISM] In Search of Muhammed, Clinton Bennett, Cassell:1998. [good
critical analysis of the sources of M's life]
[PH:EBIV] Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous, W. Jay
Wood, IVP:1998. [In the Contours of Christian Philosophy series]
[WR:WATNH] What About Those Who have Never Heard? Three Views on the
Destiny of the Unevangelized. John Sanders (ed). IVP:1995.[good debate]
[TH:TGWR] The God Who Risks: A Theology of Providence, John Sanders,
IVP:1998. [outstanding explication, and partial defense of the "openness
of God" movement]
Feb 13, 1999
Professors Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Christian Faculty,
Paul Anderson (ed), IVP:1998. [Wonderful stories--amazing testimonies to
the varied dances of God]
[TH:NDET] New Dimensions in Evangelical Thought: Essays in Honor of
Millard J. Erickson, David Dockery (ed), IVP:1998. [Interesting book--covers
the thought trends in most of the major categories of theology and practice.]
[HI:HHMBI] Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters, Donald
McKim (ed), IVP:1998.
[HI:PQ] The Paul Quest: The Renewed Search for the Jew of Tarsus,
Ben Witherington III, IVP:1998.
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