Essential Books for Understanding Christianity

books2.jpgIn today’s Wall Street Journal, George Weigel gives his Top 5 “Essential books for understanding Christianity.” I’m glad that he picked one old book, Dante’s Divine Comedy, but the other four are all from the 20th century. It seems rather odd to suggest that four of the five essential books for understanding a two-thousand year old religion would all have been written within the last twenty-five years.

In any case, it seems to me that Weigel left off one fairly influential volume. As it turns out, this particular book has been pretty helpful for Christians throughout the history of the church. Needless to say, my “Top 5” would have looked a little bit different.

9 Responses to Essential Books for Understanding Christianity

  1. Barcificus December 23, 2006 at 6:23 pm #

    So what are you now, KJV only? Geez!

  2. Kris Weinschenker December 23, 2006 at 8:23 pm #

    I guess the Wall Street Journal overlooked the Bible, huh?

  3. dennyrburk December 23, 2006 at 10:21 pm #


    I was afraid people would think that. I just wanted a picture of the Bible. I’m not a partisan for any one translation.


  4. Kris Weinschenker December 24, 2006 at 2:05 pm #

    I only use the KJV to use Strong’s Concordence.

    It IS the most difficult version to read.

  5. Barcificus December 24, 2006 at 10:40 pm #

    In 1611 the word came down out of heaven.

    Just remember:
    KJV ALONE = The Word of God ALONE

    Peace out.

  6. Debbie December 26, 2006 at 11:58 am #

    I like KJV to read the Psalms and prayers.
    I don’t care for the Message and other paraphrases or the TNIV.

  7. Kris Weinschenker December 26, 2006 at 8:03 pm #

    The NIV is a pretty decent translation. So is the NKJV.

    The KJV didn’t have the number of manuscripts that are now available to properly translate it.

    I prefer reading the Living Bible, a “thought by thought” translation, as it is SO MUCH EASIER to read.

  8. Debbie December 27, 2006 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m refering to Today’s NIV. They try to make it more gender friendly making it full of error.

  9. Mark December 28, 2006 at 6:54 am #

    So Denny what would your top five be?

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