When I began the Westjourn a few days ago, I said that I would probably come to you with a suggested reading list. This is certainly not to imply that you need to read everything I do and agree with it. Agreement is not a prerequisite for our journeying together. In all likelihood, we will do better if we can bring different perspectives to the table, challenge each other a bit, and just see what the exchange can mean for us. I would also appreciate any suggestions you may have about pertinent reading material. I am one of those hopeless addicts who thrive on finding out from someone I trust what they are “reading nowadays.”
The reason I suggest other voices is because, while I don’t believe there is a whole lot out there that is purely original, there are a lot of folk who are saying some things that seem to be apropos to a larger discussion that some of us are trying to have. What is being presented involves a new way of speaking and thinking, a different language on some occasions, and the clarity of thought to help all of us focus our attention and energies in a different direction.
I order most of my stuff from amazon.com. Quite a few are already in paperback and the cost is usually significantly less than an average bookstore.
I begin with some primers:
Who is Jesus? By John Dominic Crossan
How To Read The Bible by Richard Holloway
Why Christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong
A New Christianity For A New World by John Shelby Spong
The God We Never Knew by Marcus Borg