Basic Religion Books Select Annotated Bibliography

 

 

World Religions

 

General Sources

 

A Very Short Introduction to … (series). Oxford University Press, 1990’s-2000’s. Series is somewhat  mixed in quality, but generally very high.  Introduces the subject presupposing no background.  Also, contains useful “further reading” chapter bibliographies.  Particularly noteworthy volumes will be listed in their relevant sections below.

 

A Short Introduction to…(series).  OneWorld Publications, 1990’s-2000’s. Series is somewhat mixed in quality, but generally high.  Introduces the subject presupposing no background.  Most volumes also give brief bibliographies.  Particularly noteworthy volumes will be listed in their relevant sections below.

 

Bowker, John.  Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. Oxford, 1997.  Standard religion dictionary with up-to-date bibliography appended to the entries.

 

Cassirer, Ernst.  An Essay on Man. Yale University Press, 1957. Includes a philosophical discussion of religion from one of the 20th century’s foremost philosophers of culture.

 

Diener, M.; Friedrichs, K.; Ehrhard, F.; and Fischer-Schreiber, I.  Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion. Verlag, 1989; B & N, 1999.  Excellent, albeit brief, topical one volume encyclopedia.  Unfortunately, the only bibliographic contribution is a brief general one at the end.

 

Eliade, Mircea.  Ed.  The Encyclopedia of Religion. 16 vols in 8 books.  N.Y.: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1986, 1995.   

 

Melton, J. Gordon; and Martin Baumann. Eds. Encyclopedia of World Religions. 2002.  Current.

 

Noss, John B.  A History of the World's Religions. 11th Rev. Ed. N.Y.: MacMillian, 2003. Text-book history of the major traditions.

 

Smart, Ninian, ed.  Atlas of the World’s Religions.  Oxford, 1999.

 

Van Voorst, Robert E. Anthology of World Scripture. 4th ed. Wadsworth, 2003. Besides giving topically arranged primary source readings for the major religions, this work also lists and discusses their respective bodies of scriptural writings.

 


Preliterate Religions

 

Arlene B. Hirschberger & Paulette Fairbanks Molin.  Eds.  The Encyclopedia of Native American Religions.  1999. Limited.

 

Beckwith, Carol, Angela Fisher, Malidoma Patrice Some.  African Ceremonies. Abrams: Harry  N Inc, 2000.  Photographic book depicting a wide range of African ceremonies.

 

Gill, Sam D.  Dictionary of Native American Mythology.  Oxford, 1994.  Brief but good representative entries.  Contains bibliography at the end as well.

 

Glazier, Stephen D.  Encyclopedia of African and African-American Religions. Routledge, 2001.  Limited.

 

Lyon, William S.  Encyclopedia of Native American Healing.  1998. Over 1200 entries addressing Native American culture, customs, and rituals associated with health and  healing.  Extensive bibliography.

 

Lyon, William S. Encyclopedia of Native American Shamanism.  1998. A companion to above, this volume continues the study of shamanism.  Extensive bibliography.

 

Mbiti, John S.  African Religions and Philosophy. 2nd ed 1990.  Very good overview.

 

Olupona, Jacob K, ed.  African Spirituality:  Forms, Meanings, and Expressions. Crossroad, 2001.  Good set of articles which seek to provide a comprehensive analysis of African spirituality. Covers cosmologies and sacred knowledge, authority, agencies, and performance, Africans’ encounters with other religions, and African spirituality in the Americas.

 

Ray, Benjamin C.  African Religions: Symbol, Ritual and Community.  2nd ed.  Prentice Hall, 1999. Text-book presentation of African Religions.

 

Vecsey, Christopher. Ed.  Handbook of American Indian Religious Freedom. 1991. Good discussion of contemporary legal issues (sacred artifacts, land use, freedom of worship, etc) respecting Native American Religions.

 

 

Western World Religion (Christianity, Islam, Judaism)

 

Christianity

 

Arnold, Clinton.  Powers of Darkness: Principalities and Powers in Paul's Letters. 1992. Discusses the spiritual and magical backgrounds presupposed in Paul’s letters.

 

Aune, David.  The N.T. in Its Literary Environment. 1987.  Detailed discussion of the various genres of the New Testament in their historical settings.

 

Bailey, James and Lyle Vander Broek.  Literary Forms in the New Testament: A Handbook. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1992. Brief taxonomy of N.T. literary forms.  Also gives further reading bibliographies.

 

Bettenson, Henery.  Documents of the Christian Church. 3rd ed. Oxford, 1999. Good anthology of primary sources of church history.

 

 

Black and Dockery.  N.T. Criticism and Interpretation. 1991.  Scholarly critical presentation and discussions of the “Criticisms” (Sociological criticism, Redaction Criticism, etc) approach to N.T. interpretation.

 

Bradley, James.  Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

 

Brown, Colin.  New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology.  4 vols. Harper Collins Publishers, Incorporated, 1997. Indispensable resource for discussions of  N.T. theological doctrines, topics, and themes.

 

Bube, Richard.  Putting it All Together: Seven Patterns for Relating Science and the Christian Faith.  1995.  Discusses fundamental relationships between Christianity and science.

 

Carson, D.A.  New Testament Commentary Survey.  5th ed. 2001. Outstanding presentation and critical evaluation of the major and, to a lesser extent, minor plethora of N.T. commentaries.

 

Erickson, Millard.  Christian Theology. 2nd ed. Baker, 1998. Solid systematic theology.

 

Evans, Craig and Porter, S. Eds.  Dictionary of New Testament Background. IVP, 2000.  Topical discussions of N.T. backgrounds with up-to-date bibliographies. 

 

Fahlbusch, Erwin; Vische; Pelikan; Bromiley; et. al Eds.  The Encyclopedia of Christianity. 5 vols. Eerdmans, 1999-2004.

 

Ferguson, Everett.  Backgrounds of Early Christianity. 2nd ed. Eerdmans, 1994. Outstanding topical presentation of the religious, philosophical, political, and social-economic backgrounds of early Christianity.  Also, each section gives a definitive bibliography.

 

Ford, David. Ed.  Modern Theologians. 2nd ed. CUP, 1997. Good survey.

 

Green, Joel B., Scot McKnight, and I. Howard Marshall. Eds.  Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. IVP, 1990, 2000.  Topical synthetic discussions of Jesus and the Gospels with up-to-date bibliographies. 

 

Grenz , Stanley J., and Roger Olson.  20th Century Theology.  1993. Good critical discussion.

 

Jones, Cheslyn; Yarnold,  Edward S.; Wainwright, Geoffrey; and Paul Bradshaw. Eds.  The Study of Liturgy. Rev ed. Oxford, 1992.  Excellent depiction of the historical development of the Christian liturgy.

 

Kaiser, Walter C.  Toward an Old Testament Theology. Zondervan, 1991.  Solid presentation of “Promise Theology”-- the Promise of the Messiah as the hermeneutical, literary, and theological theme of the Biblical corpus.

Latourette, Kenneth.  A History of Christianity. Rev ed. 2 vols. Harper and Row, 1975. Standard and respected history.

 

Leland Ryken; James C. Wilhoit; and Tremper Longman III. Eds.  Dictionary of Biblical Imagery: An Encyclopedia Exploration of the Images, Symbols, Motifs, Metaphors, Figures of  Speech, Literary Patterns, etc Used in the Bible.   InterVarsity Press, 1999.

 

Livingstone, E.A.;  Cross, F.L.; and Elizabeth A. Livingstone. Eds. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. 3rd ed. Oxford, 1997. Standard.

 

Lonergan, Bernard.  Method in Theology. 1976.  As important for what it indicates is required to be an “authentic” follower of the Christian faith from an epistemological and moral point of view as it is for its discussion of method. Advanced.

 

Long, P.; Silva, M.; and Poythress, V. Eds   Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation. 6 vols in one. 1996.  Noteworthy volumes include Philips on the genre of Biblical history, and Muller on the discipline of Christian Theology.

 

Martin, Ralph P, and Peter Davids. Eds. Dictionary of Later New Testament and Its Development. IVP, 1999.  Topical discussions with up-to-date bibliographies. 

 

Martin, Ralph P, and Daniel G. Reid. Eds. Dictionary of Paul and His Letter. IVP, 1993. Topical synthetic discussions of Paul and his letters with up-to-date bibliographies. 

 

McBrien, Richard P.  The Harper Collins Encyclopedia of Catholicism.  Harper Collins, 1995. Standard.

 

McGrath, Alister E.  Historical Theology. Blackwell 1998. Good survey and introduction by a recognized scholar.

 

McGrath, Alister; and Duncan Forrester. Eds.  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern ChristianThought.  Oxford, 1995.  Includes substantial review essays dealing with the central themes of Christian thought, major schools of thought, aesthetics, Biblical interpretation, economic thought, ethics, political theory, the physical sciences, music, philosophy, etc.  Also surveys the development of Christian thought in other countries: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Holland, India, Japan, Korea, Scandinavia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.  

 

Meyers, Carol.  Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament.  Eerdmans, 2001.

 

Noll, Mark.  A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada. Eerdmans, 1992. Standard.

 

Osborne, Grant.  The Hermeneutical Spiral.  Excellent presentation of what is required, and how to do it, in order to accomplish good Biblical exegesis (historical, grammatical, etc), and also how to translate exegesis into theology. 

 

Patrick, Dale.  Old Testament Law. 1985. Excellent presentation.

 

Petry, Ray C. and Manschreck, Clyde L., eds.  A History of Christianity: Documents of the Christian Church. 2 vols. N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1964.

 

Powell, M.A.  What is Narrative Criticism? 1990. Brief, but good presentation.

 

Ridderbos, Herman.  Paul: An Outline of His Theology. 1975. Excellent. Advanced.

 

Schmidt, Alvin.  Under the Influence:  How Christianity Transformed Civilization.  Zondervan, 2001. General survey.

 

Shults, F. Leron.  The Post-Foundationalist Task of Theology: Pannenberg and the New Theological Rationality. Eerdmans, 2000.  First half of the book is an excellent presentation and discussion of post-foundationalist hermeneutics, epistemology, and rationality. Advanced.

 

Smith, Christian. The Emergence of Liberation Theology. Radical Religion and Social Movement Theory. University of Chicago Press, 1991. Good historical overview.

 

Stevenson, J. Ed.  A New Eusebius: Primary Source Documents Illustrating the Early Church. Abingdon, 1988.

 

Stevenson, J. Ed.  Creeds, Councils, and Controversies: Documents Illustrating the History of the Church, A.D. 337-461. Abingdon, 1990.

 

Thesilton, Anthony.  New Horizons in Hermeneutics. 1993.  Excellent and near exhaustive survey and critical discussion of critical and philosophical hermeneutics. Advanced. 

 

Tristano,  Richard.. The Origins of the Restoration Movement. Glenmary Research Center, 1988. The best on the topic.

 

VanGemeren, Wilem A.  Ed.  New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. 5 Vols.  1997.  Topical presentations of O.T. theological doctrines, topics, and themes.

Van Gemeren, Willem A. Interpreting the Prophetic Word. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academia Press, 1990.  Excellent survey of the content and literary style of the Prophetic writings.  Includes a substantial bibliography.

 

Van Voorst, Robert.  Readings in Christianity. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publ Co., 1996.  Good

topical anthology.

 

deVaux, Roland.  Ancient Israel. 2 vols. 1965. Excellent presentation of the social and religious organization of ancient Israel.

 

Walton, John H. Ancient Israelite Literature in its Cultural Context: A Survey of Parallels Between Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Texts. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1989. Illuminating presentation and discussion of the similarities and differences between the Biblical writings and their ANE counterparts.

 

Walton, Robert C.  Chronological and Background Charts of Church History.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986. Useful set of charts.

 

        __.  Chronological Charts of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academia Press, 1978.  Useful set of charts.

 

Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church . 2nd ed. Penguin, 1993. Good survey.

 

Wilkins, Michael.  Following the Master: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship. Zondervan, 1992. Outstanding.

 

Woodbridge and McComsikey. Eds.  Doing Theology in Today's World. Zondervan, 1991.  Contrasting the theological grids of different Christian traditions, this set of essays presents different approaches to the study of theology and reviews the present status of theological reflection in various Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic traditions.

 

Zondervan.  New American Standard Bible: Study Bible Edition.  Zondervan, 1999. Reliable translation with useful supplementary notes, introductions, and other material.

 

Islam

 

Arberry, Arthur J.  Sufism: An Account of the Mystics of Islam. 2001. Good, albeit brief, introduction by a recognized authority. Focuses on the philosophy, and poetry of Sufism.

 

Choueiri, Youseef M.  Islamic Fundamentalism.  2nd rev ed. 1997. Good discussion.

 

Davidson, Lawrence.  Islamic Fundamentalism. Greenwood Publishing Group Inc, 1998.Good presentation and discussion.

 

Esposito, John L.  Islam: The Straight Path. 3rd ed. Oxford, 1998. Outstanding overview.

 

Esposito, John L. Ed.  The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World.  Oxford University Press, 2001.

 

Esposito, John L. Ed.  The Oxford History of Islam.  Oxford University Press, 2000. Several good articles on Islamic art, philosophy, science, etc.

 

Ernst, Carl W.  The Shambhala Guide to Sufism.  1997. Good general survey.

 

Fakhry, Majid.  Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Mysticism: A Short Introduction. Oneworld, 2001. Good introduction by a recognized expert.  Good bibliography.

Gibb, H. A.. R.;  and  J. H. Kramers, eds.  Shorter Encyclopaedia of Islam. 1937, 1991. Knowledge of Arabic terms for the transliterations helpful.  Somewhat dated.

 

Glasse, Cyril. Ed.  New Encyclopedia of Islam: A Revised Edition of the Concise Encyclopedia of Islam. AltaMira Press, 2001.  Replaces the preceding.

 

Hoque, Zohurul.  Translation and Commentary on the Holy Qur-an.  Holy Quran Publishing Project, 2000. Excellent literal translation with explanatory notes.  Also, includes a substantial topical index.    

 

Malise Ruthven.  Islam: A Very Short Introduction. OUP, 2000. Good overview with good further reading bibliography.

 

Momen, Moojan. An Introduction to Shi’i Islam. Yale, 1987.  Excellent introduction with bibliography.

 

Rahman, Fazlur.  Islam. University of Chicago, 1976. Good overview. Slightly more theological in emphasis than Espositio’s above.

 

Sahih al-Bukhari: The Translation of the Meanings 9 Vol. Set.  Tr. by Muhammed Ibn Ismaiel Al-Bukhari, and Muhammad M. Kahn.  Darussalam, 1997.  Standard Hadith.

 

Schacht, Joseph.  An Introduction to Islamic Law. Oxford, 1964, 1990.  Classic introduction.

 

Watt, William Montgomery.  Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman.  1974. Excellent discussion of Muhammad and his historical context.

 

Watt, William Montgomery.  The Formative Years of Islamic Thought. 1998. Excellent. Advanced.

 

Judaism

 

Cohn-Sherbok, Dan.  A Short Introduction to Judaism.  Oneworld, 1999.  Good overview of  post-Biblical Rabbinic Judaism.

 

Heaton, E.W.  A Short Introduction to the Old Testament Prophets. Oneworld, 2001. Good introductory overview with bibliography by an author well versed in the subject.  

 

Neusner, Jacob.  Introduction to Rabbinic Literature.  Double Day, 1999.

 

Neusner, Jacob.  The Mishnah: A New Translation. Yale, 1991.

 

Patrick, Dale.  Old Testament Law. 1985. Excellent presentation.

 

Roth, Cecil. and G. Wigoder. Eds.  Encyclopedia Judaica. 18 vols. 1972. Standard.

 

Van Gemeren, Willem A. Interpreting the Prophetic Word. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academia Press, 1990.  Excellent survey of the content and literary style of the Prophetic writings.  Includes a substantial bibliography as well.

 

deVaux, Roland.  Ancient Israel. 2 vols. 1965. Excellent presentation of the social and religious organization of ancient Israel.

 

Walton, John H. Ancient Israelite Literature in its Cultural Context: A Survey of Parallels Between Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Texts. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1989. Illuminating discussion of the similarities and differences between the Biblical writings and their ANE counterparts.

 

Eastern World Religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism)

 

Buddhism

 

Conze, Edward.  Buddhist Scriptures. Penguin, 1976. Good anthology with introductions.

 

Getty, Allice.  The Gods of Northern Buddhism: Their History and Iconography. 1988. Iconography of the various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism.

 

Hamilton, Sue.  Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. OUP, 2001. Excellent introduction explaining the various philosophies and showing the development of and interaction between them as well.  Also gives good further reading bibliography.

 

Harvey, Peter.  An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History & Practices. CUP, 1990. Excellent survey of the four major divisions of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan, and Zen).  Also gives chapter and topic bibliographies.

 

Keown, Damien. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction. OUP, 2000. Good introduction             with good bibliography. Presented from a predominately Mahayana perspective.

 

Klostermaier, Klaus.  Buddhism: A Short Introduction. Oneworld, 1999.  Very good overview with good bibliography.

 

Koller, John M.  Asian Philosophies. 3rd ed. 1997.  Good overview.

 

Koller, John M., and Patricia Koller, eds.  A Source Book of Asian Philosophy.  1991. Good anthology with introductions.

 

Rahula, Sri Walpola.  What the Buddah Taught. 1972. Standard introduction to Theravada Buddhism.

 

Suzuki, D.T.  Zen Buddhism and Japanese Culture. 1957. Discusses the Japanese context and culture (Samurais, Haiku poetry, etc.) associated with Zen.

 

Confucianism and Daoism

 

Chan, Wing-Tsit, ed.  A Source Book of Chinese Philosophy.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963. Good anthology with introductions and notes.

 

Fung, Yu-Lan.  Short History of Chinese Philosophy. 1997. Standard.

 

Koller, John M.  Asian Philosophies. 3rd ed. 1997.  Good overview.

 

Koller, John M., and Patricia Koller, eds.  A Source Book of Asian Philosophy.  New York: McMillian, 1991. Good anthology with introductions.

 

Legge, James. Tr. Texts of Taoism. 2 vols. Dover, 1981. Older standard translation.

 

Lau, D.C. Tr. The Analects of Confucius.  Penguin, 1979. Standard translation with notes.

 

Lau, D. C. Tr. The Mencius. Penguin, 1970. Standard translation with notes.

 

Miller, James. Daoism: A Short Introduction. Oneworld Press, 2003. Excellent presentation especially of “Magico/Religious” Daoism.

 

Pas, Julian F.; and Jon Woronoff.  Eds.  Historical Dictionary of Taoism. Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1998. Presents a historical overview in addition to providing topical entries.

 

Wilhelm, Richard.  The I Ching. 3rd ed. Translated into English by C. Baynes. Bollingen series xix. Princeton, 1967. Standard translation with good introduction and notes.

 

Xinzhong Yao. An Introduction to Confucianism. Cambridge University Press, 2000. Good overview with bibliography.

 

Yao, Xinzhong.  The Encyclopedia of Confucianism. Taylor & Francis Inc, 2003.

 

 

Hinduism

 

Hamilton, Sue.  Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. OUP, 2001. Excellent introduction explaining the various philosophies and showing the development of and interaction between them as well.  Also gives good further reading bibliography.

 

Huyler, Stephen.  Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion. Yale, 1999. Basic but good overview.

 

Koller, John M.  Asian Philosophies. 3rd ed. 1997. Good overview.

 

Koller, John M., and Patricia Koller, eds.  A Source Book of Asian Philosophy.  New York: McMillian, 1991. Good anthology with introductions.

 

Klostermaier, Klaus K.  A Survey of Hinduism. 2nd ed. State University of New York             Press, 1994.  Excellent overview with substantial bibliography.

 

Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli and Charles A. Moore. Eds.  A Source Book of Indian Philosophy.  Princeton University Press, 1957. Good anthology with introductions and notes.

 

Zaehner, R.C. The Bhagavad-Gita. Oxford, 1999.  Dr. Zaehner has is this translation and commentary sought to explain one of Hindu’s best know books, the Gita, from the Gita itself, and from the appropriate contextual texts.  It includes: a factual introduction that also summarizing the main ideas, an accurate translation, and a topical discussion.

 

Religion in America

 

Albanese, Catherine.  America: Religions and Religion. 3rd ed. Belmont California: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1998. Good and often insightful overview of the various religions in America and their cultural interaction.

 

Anglim, Christopher Thomas.  Religion and Law: A Dictionary.  1999.

 

Frazier, Franklin.  The Negro Church in America; and Lincoln, Eric. The Black Church Since Frazier.   Combined ed. 1989.  Frazier's classic study of the black church in America, and an essay by Lincoln arguing that the civil rights movement saw the splintering of the traditional black church and the creation of new roles for religion.

 

Gaustad, Edwin S and P. Barlow.  New Historical Atlas of Religion in America. Oxford, 2000.

 

Haynes, Charles C.  Religious Freedom in America.  1986. Good overview of the rise of religious freedom in America, and of some First Amendment issues.

 

Hunter, J. D. Culture Wars. 1991. The single best presentation and discussion of America’s religious culture wars.

 

James, Janet Wilson, ed.  Women and Religion in America. University of  Pennsylvania, 1980. Good historical set of essays.

 

Jewish Historical Society.  American Jewish Desk Reference. 1999. Gives general overviews, prominent Jewish biographies, statistics, etc of Judaism in America.

 

Lincoln, C. Eric.  The Black Muslims in America. 3rd ed. Erdmans, 1994.  A classic study that details the formation and development of the Black Muslim movement.

 

Lincoln, Eric, and L. Mamiya. The Black Church in the African American Experience.  1990. Provides a historical overview, and an analysis of the Black church and Black culture.

 

Lippy, Charles H. and P.W. Williams. Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience. 3 Vols N.Y.: Scribners, 1988. Outstanding introductory resource.

 

Marty, Martin E. Modern American Religion. 4 vols. University of Chicago, 1986-2000.  Detailed Twentieth Century history of religion in America by a foremost historian.

 

Melton, J. Gordon and Jolen Marya Gedridge.  Eds.  The Encyclopedia of American Religions. Gale Research, 1998.

 

Melton, J. Gordon; et al. New Age Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale Research, 2002. Standard.

 

Neusner, Jacob. Ed.  World Religions in America: An Introduction.  Westminster, 1999.

 

Newport, John P. The New Age Movement and the Biblical World View: Conflict and Dialogue. 1998. Thorough and substantial survey of the New Age movement.

 

Noll, Mark.  A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada. Eerdmans, 1992. Standard.

 

Patrick, John J. and Gerald Long.  Eds.  Constitutional Debates on Freedom of Religion:A Documentary History.  Greenwood Publishing, 1999.

 

Raboteau, Albert J.  Slave Religion. Oxford, 1980. A classic in the field.

 

Tweed, Thomas A; ed.  Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History.  Oxford, 1998.

 

Vecsey, Christopher. Ed.  Handbook of American Indian Religious Freedom. 1991.Good discussion of contemporary legal issues (sacred artifacts, land use, freedom of worship, etc) respecting Native American Religions.

 

Witte, John.  Religion and The American Constitutional Experiment: Essential Rights and Liberties. Westview Press, 2000.  An excellent scholarly overview of the history and development of  the experiment of the First Amendment from its codifying in 1789 to its recent Supreme Court’s interpretations.

 

 

Philosophy of Religion and Contemporary Religious Thought

 

Barbour, Ian.  Myth, Models, and Paradigms. 1974. Excellent discussion of religion and sciences’ use of explanatory models, etc.

 

Clack, Brian.  An Introduction to Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Religion. Edinburg, 2000. Excellent presentation of a contemporary influential view of religion.

 

Davies, Brian.  An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.  Oxford, 1993. Good overview.

 

Davis, Caroline Franks.  The Evidential Force of Religious Experience.  Oxford, 1999.

 

Fenn, Richard K, ed. The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion. Oxford, 2003.The Blackwell companion series is generally of very high quality.

 

Jones, Richard H.  Science and Mysticism: A Comparative Study of Western Natural  Science, Theravada Buddhism, & Advaita Vedanta. Buchnell University, 1986. Excellent discussion delineating, amongst other things, the important differences between modern day understandings of physics and earlier Eastern religious ontologies that have been too hastily equated by some.

 

Jones, Cheslyn; Yarnold,  Edward S.; and Wainwright, Geoffrey. Eds. The Study of Spirituality. Oxford, 1986.  Excellent, but very brief set of articles, discussing religious spirituality. Mostly various historical Christian forms are discussed, but the other major world religions, including African and Native American religions, receive respective entries.

 

Macquarie, John.  20th Century Religious Thought. 5th ed. 2002. Excellent and near exhaustive overview of 20th Century Western religious thought.

 

McGrath, Alister.  Science and Religion: An Introduction.  Basil Blackwell, 1999. Good introductory overview with bibliography.

 

Momen, Moojan.  The Phenomenon of Religion: A Thematic Approach. Oneworld,1998. Good survey with a wide scope.

 

Peterson, Hasker L; et al.  Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.  2nd ed. Oxford University Press. 1997. Good introduction.

 

Peterson, Michael, et. al. Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings.  Oxford, 1996.  Accompaniment to the preceding.

 

Runzo, Joseph.  Global Philosophy of Religion: A Short Introduction.  Oneworld, 2000.  Good introduction that includes the Eastern Religion’s questions, issues, and answers with respects to the philosophy of religion along with the West’s.

 

Sire, James.  The Universe Next Door: A Basic World View Catalogue.  IVP, 1997.  Good presentation of world views and their concerns.

 

Smart, Ninian; Clayton; Sherry; and Katz.  Nineteenth Century Religious Thought in the West. 3 vols. 1985. Excellent set of essays covering the major thinkers and relevant areas of religious scholarship. Advanced.

 

Thiselton, Anthony.  A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion. 2002.  Excellent summary entries by a foremost scholar.

 

Psychology of Religion

 

Edward P. Shafranske, Edward P.; and John W. Jacobson. Eds. Religion and the Clinical Practice of Psychology.  American Psychological Association, 1996.  Good set of articles, including a noteworthy article tracing the historical interaction of religion and psychology in America.

 

Loewenthal, Kate M.  The Psychology of Religion: A Short Introduction, Oxford, 2000. Good overview with bibliography.

 

 

2003 Additions (World Views, and Apologetics)

 

Bradley, Walter; Reynolds, J.M.; and J.P. Moreland. Eds. Three Views on Creation and Evolution. Counterpoints Series. Zondervan, 1999. Good presentation of the options.   

 

Bube, Richard.  Putting it All Together: Seven Patterns for Relating Science and the Christian Faith.  1995.  Discusses fundamental relationships between Christianity and science.

 

Craig, William; and Steve Cowan. Eds. Five Views on Apologetics. Zondervan. 1996. Excellent.

 

Walsh, Brian and J. Richard Middleton.  “A Bibliography We Can’t Live Without,” pp. 219-243 in Sire, James. The Discipleship of The Mind. Inter-Varsity Press, 1989.  Bibliography covering world views, and books and articles presenting the Christian             perspective in the various academic disciplines.

 

McGrath, Alister.  Science and Religion: An Introduction.  Basil Blackwell, 1999.  Good introduction with good bibliography.

 

Naugle, David K.  Worldview: The History of a Concept. Eerdmans, 2002. Outstanding!

 

Vroom, Hendrik M. Religions and the Truth: Philosophical Reflections and Perspectives. Currents of Encounter Series. Eerdmans, 1994.  Penetrating Analysis.

 

 

Appendix: Brief Guide to Religious Journal Resources

 

 

Religious Periodical Abstracts, Guides, Indexes, and State of the Field Articles

 

deV. Brunkow, Robert.  Religion and Society in North America.  Clio Bibliography Series, 12. California, 1982.

 

New Testament Abstracts

 

Old Testament Abstracts

 

Overmyer, Daniel; et.al.  “Chinese Religions-The State of the Field, Part I Early Religious Traditions: The Neolithic Period through the Han Dynasty, (ca. 4000 B.C.E. to 220 C.E.).”  The Journal of Asian Studies 54, no. 1 (February 1995):124-160.

 

________.  “Chinese Religions: The State of the Field, Part 2, Living Religious Traditions: Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam, and Popular Religions.” The Journal of Asian Studies 54, no.2 (May 1995): 314-395.

 

Religious Index One

 

 

Select Articles for: The Fundamental Nature and Definition of Religion, and World Views

 

Berger, Peter L.  “Some Second Thoughts on Substantive vs. Functional Definitions of Religion.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 13 (June 1974): 125-133.

 

Dobbelaere, Karel and Jan Lauwers.  “Definition of Religion-- A Sociological Critique.” Social Compass 74 (1973): 535-551.

 

Heibert, Paul “The Flaw of the Excluded Middle.” Missiology 10 (1982): 35-47. 

 

________.  “The Missiological Implications of an Epistemelogical Shift.”  TSF Bulletin 8 no. 5 (1985): 12-18.

 

Jones, W.T.  “World Views: Their Nature and Their Function.” Current Anthropology 13 (1972): 79-109.

 

Moen, Arthur J.  “Paradigms, Language Games, and Religious Beliefs.” Christian Scholars Review 9 no. 1 (1979): 17-29.

 

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James D. Strauss, Adapted From Rick Allbee,

“A Basic World Religions Bibliography”,

Heartland Community College