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The Science of God: the Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom

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Book Number: 
22
Date Fred Read: 
March 2003
Fred's Rating: 
3
Total Pages: 
196
Publisher: 
Broadway Books
Year: 
1998

Gerald L. Schroeder, with a MIT doctorate in earth science and nuclear physics, is also a Torah and Talmud scholar. He worked at the Weizmann Institute and the Hebrew University. His main goal is forming a coherent scientific and religious worldview. I've read 3 of his science-and-religion books. The others are books 23 and 30.  Read more

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The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion

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Book Number: 
21
Date Fred Read: 
March 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
100
Publisher: 
Cowley Publications
Year: 
2000

Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest with a Chair in Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. As a child she loved science, but was told it was “unfit for a girl.” So she became a priest and wrote many books. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)  Read more

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A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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Book Number: 
20
Date Fred Read: 
February 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Karen Armstrong
Total Pages: 
399
Publisher: 
Ballantine Books
Year: 
1994

Karen Armstrong discusses how these religions perceived and experienced God, from Abraham’s time to the present. She shows how they shaped and altered their conception of God and how they influenced each other. This was a NYT Bestseller. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)  Read more

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Gospel Parallels, NRSV Edition: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels

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Book Number: 
16
Date Fred Read: 
February 2003
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
210
Publisher: 
Thomas Nelson
Year: 
1992

Burton H. Throckmorton is a Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine and is the author of several theological studies. His first edition was an update of the Huck-Lietzmann “Synopsis,” Ninth Edition, 1936. This fifth edition uses the NRSV Synoptic Gospels.  Read more

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The Oxford History of the Biblical World

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Book Number: 
15
Date Fred Read: 
January 2003
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Michael D. Coogan
Total Pages: 
596
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press
Year: 
2001

This is a historian’s book – Michael D. Coogan wrote a Prologue, 12 other historians each wrote a chapter, and the Epilogue is by another historian. It starts with the earliest records and goes chronologically through the Christian Roman Empire. It is quite thorough, using all possible sources - archeology, anthropology, and all available writings.  Read more

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Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

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Book Number: 
14
Date Fred Read: 
January 2003
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
298
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
1995

Diane K. Osbon was a student at a month-long seminar by Joseph Campbell at the Esalen Institute. Campbell has written more than 12 books by 2002 about myths and religion. A former Roman Catholic, he became a hermit for 5 years to only read. He later taught at Sarah Lawrence before focusing on writing and giving seminars.  Read more

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The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

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Book Number: 
13
Date Fred Read: 
January 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Jack Kornfield
Total Pages: 
209
Publisher: 
Bantam; Reprint edition
Year: 
2008

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk and taught meditation worldwide since 1974. He has a Ph.D, in clinical psychology. He is a founder of Insight Mediation Society and of Spirit Rock Center. He has written more than 8 books by 2002.  Read more

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The Handy Religion Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series)

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Book Number: 
12
Date Fred Read: 
December 2002
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
John Renard
Total Pages: 
537
Publisher: 
Visible Ink Press
Year: 
2001

John Renard, a Roman Catholic, got a Ph.D. from Harvard in Islamic Studies in 1978 and has since taught Islamic and other religions at St. Louis Univ. This book was recommended as giving an excellent overview of 8 major world religions.  Read more

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The Case for Faith – A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

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Book Number: 
11
Date Fred Read: 
December 2002
Fred's Rating: 
2
Author: 
Lee Strobel
Total Pages: 
304
Publisher: 
Zondervan Publishing
Year: 
2000

Lee Strobel has written 9 books by 2000; “The Case for Christ” is his No. 1 bestseller. He is a former atheist and legal editor of the Chicago Tribune. He is now a teaching pastor at Saddleback Valley Community Church. (The book has extensive notes and a large bibliography.)  Read more

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God: A Brief History

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Book Number: 
10
Date Fred Read: 
December 2002
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
John Bowker
Total Pages: 
373
Publisher: 
Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
Year: 
2004

John Bowker proposed this book as a parallel to Stephen Hawking “A Brief History of Time” because “God and time do indeed resemble each other in two ways: neither exists as common sense might imagine and both have been central to human awareness and experience for as long as any evidence survives.” (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

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