Why are we alive?
- To read
- The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
G K Chesterton was an author and journalist in the early 20th Century and wrote both fiction in the "Father Brown Stories" as well as non - fiction including sections for Encyclopedia Britannica. He was both a serious thinker and a humorist. The book Everlasting Man examines the history of man in general and the life of one man in particular - Jesus Christ of Palestine. Chesterton looks at the subject of religion with a reasoned approach that addresses an atheistic viewpoint. He wrote this book as a response to HG Wells book - The Outline of History. Click here to preview a section
- Reality by
Burnett Hillman Streeter
B H Streeter looks at many contemporary themes including Materialism, Science & Religion, Freewill, Evil, Power & Will, Ethics, Psychology and Immortality. His chief aim is to search out the fundamental Reality behind the world as we know it. Streeter was an Oxford educated theologian and noted biblical scholar. Click here to preview a section.
- The Mind of the
Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers
Dorothy Sayers, a detective novel writer, journalist and playwright critically examines the Christian creeds of faith. She argues against the unquestioning " The Church said it, I believe it, that settles it" mentality. Instead Ms. Sayers investigates the creedal beliefs with a philosophical approach. Her challenge against both dull religiosity and woolly headed thinking re-introduce us to the outlandish thought that God has been thinking about us - whether we have given him a thought or not. Click here to preview a section.
Rediscovered by Malcolm Muggeridge
One of the most well known and respected British media personalities of the 20th Century, Malcolm Muggeridge had an interesting and varied life from his university education at Cambridge and early belief in communism. He was attached to British Secret Intelligence Service in WWII and took up journalism after the war. This book is his explanation of the change of mind he experienced in the 1960's after a life long agnosticism. Click here to preview a section.
World by Michael Green
Escapism, is religion just another form of it? This short book by Michael Green addresses the modern tendency to avoid difficult subjects by keeping oneself distracted and entertained with trivial issues. Modern man wants to avoid the discomforts that examining History, Science, Political & Religious Reality require. To believe in something is more than just an intellectual exercise - it requires action. Click here to preview a section.
Incarnation of the Word of God by St. Athanasius
Athanasius lived in the fourth century of the Roman Empire at the time the Christian church was becoming politically accepted and established. He was educated in philosophy and theology in Alexandria, Egypt and eventually became the church leader there. The vital theological dispute between different groups within the church about the nature of the Son of God (Was Jesus Divine?), was dividing the church. This controversy continued throughout Athanasius' life and he was exiled, reprieved and banished again by the different Emporers. His teaching, writing and life argued for and eventually recorded the detailed idea of a Triune God (this book). This was important because it distinguised Christianity as separate from Judaism, and would eventually elucidate the differences between Christianity and Islam. The introduction is by C. S. Lewis where he emphasizes the importance of reading the original writings of the noted authors themselves. Click here to preview a section.