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Books and Authors Who Influenced Me, Part 2

August 28, 2023
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Last week I went through ten authors and a number of books that have shaped my life and thinking. I include the full list below. This quote from Neil Postman highlights the significance of reading.

One must begin, I think, by pointing to the obvious fact that the written word, and an oratory based upon it, has a content: a semantic, paraphrasable, propositional content. This may sound odd, but since I shall be arguing soon enough that much of our discourse today has only a marginal propositional content, I must stress the point here. Whenever language is the principal medium of communication—especially language controlled by the rigors of print—an idea, a fact, a claim is the inevitable result. The idea may be banal, the fact irrelevant, the claim false, but there is no escape from meaning when language is the instrument guiding one’s thought. Though one may accomplish it from time to time, it is very hard to say nothing when employing a written English sentence. What else is exposition good for? Words have very little to recommend them except as carriers of meaning. The shapes of written words are not especially interesting to look at. Even the sounds of sentences of spoken words are rarely engaging except when composed by those with extraordinary poetic gifts. If a sentence refuses to issue forth a fact, a request, a question, an assertion, an explanation, it is nonsense, a mere grammatical shell. As a consequence a language-centered discourse such as was characteristic of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America tends to be both content-laden and serious, all the more so when it takes its form from print. [Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (pp. 49-50). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.]

Books and Authors

  1. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy and The Pursuit of God.
  2. Blaise Pascal, Pensées, many editions. I prefer the Penguin ed. See also the collection The Mind on Fire.
  3. Carl F. H. Henry, God, Revelation, and Authority, 6 vols.
  4. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Abolition of Man, Miracles, God in the Dock, Screwtape Letters.
  5. Francis Schaeffer, all of his books, but especially The God Who is There, He is there and He is not Silent, How Should We Then Live?, True Spirituality, and Whatever Happened to the Human Race?
  6. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.
  7. Harold Netland, Dissonant Voices and Encountering Religious Pluralism
  8. Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind.
  9. I. Packer, Knowing God and Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God.
  10. P. Moreland, Scaling the Secular City and Love Your God With All Your Mind.
  11. James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalogue, Habits of the Mind, and Scripture Twisting: Twenty Ways Cults Misinterpret the Bible.
  • John Calvin, The Institutes.
  • John Stott, The Cross of Christ and Basic Christianity.
  • Ken Myers, All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture.
  1. Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: Extensions of Man.
  • Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Technopoly, and The End of Education.
  1. Os Guinness, The Dust of Death, God in the Dark, Prophetic Untimeliness, A Time for Truth, The Call, and all the rest.
  2. J. Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law, The Messianic Character of American Education, This Independent Republic, The Nature of the American System, The Politics of Guilt and Pity, and many more.
  • Rebecca Merrill Groothuis, Women Caught in the Conflict and Good News for Women.
  1. Richard John Neuhaus, The Naked Public Square.
  • Augustine, The Confessions.
  1. Thomas Sowell, The Politics and Economics of Race and A Conflict of Visions.
  2. Walter Martin, Kingdom of the Cults.


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Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary. He is the author of nineteen books, including Fire in the Streets (a critique of critical race theory or wokeness) and Christian Apologetics, A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith.

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