I have a stack of books on my desk “requiring to be read” at the moment. I have read the first chapters of each, but despair of finding the time to read the whole works:
1) Ester Chung-Kim, Inventing Authority: the Use of the Church Fathers in Reformation Debates over the Eucharist (very interesting topic, but probably not high on my “read now” list)
2) Amy-Jill Levine, The Misunderstood Jews: the Church and the scandal of the Jewish Jesus (I thought this would go well with number 7 on this list; my kids think that a “Jewish New Testament Scholar” is a great joke, but I think we need more of them!)
3) Neil Ormerod, A Trinitarian Primer (nice and short – might be able to complete this one)
4) Isabel Moreira, Heaven’s Purge: Purgatory in Late Antiquity (great thus far – and shows what a huge area of study the development of the doctrine of Purgator really is for anyone who has the time and patience to get right into it)
5) C. Scott Dixon, The Reformation in Germany (a kind gift from William Tighe who seems to think I have more time for reading than I actually do! – Don’t let that stop you from sending them, William!)
6) Adam A. J. Deville, Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity (just arrived today from the Book Depository – looking forward to this very much. Adam is a Ukrainian Catholic. His main thesis appears to be that the West needs to develop a kind of patriarchial model such as the East has that leaves the Papacy free to act according to its essential tasks. Adam has a blog called “Eastern Christian Books”. I see this book as a good one to read alongside Aidan Nichol’s Rome and the Eastern Churches)
7) Pope Benedict XVI, “Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week”
8) N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God (still working on this one – it will be a long term project to finish)
In reality, it is probably only the latter that I will actually complete in the next week or so. I intend to make it my Holy Week reading at home on the holidays.
What are you reading at the moment?