Thinking Biblically About…

As the holidays approach, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my favorite resources about thinking biblically about specific disciplines.  If you are anything like me, a good book—especially one that challenges you to engage with both your faith and subjects that you love—is a treasure.  Here are some of the treasures I’ve discovered over the years.  Add them to your holiday wish list, and please share your own favorites with us by adding a comment to the blog.  Perhaps we’ll all get a chance to discover new treasures over the winter holiday.

Thinking Biblically about…

Multi-disciplinary Series:

Through Eyes of Faith series.  Christian College Coalition.  New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, late 1990s, early 2000s[1].

 

Features books about a number of subjects: biology, business, history, literature, mathematics, music, psychology, sociology

Turning Point Christian Worldview series.  ed. Marvin Olasky.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, early 1990s.

 

Features books exploring worldview issues within different disciplines: arts, economics, education, film, literature, media, politics, pop culture, worldview

Arts:

                L’Engle, Madeleine.  Walking on     Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1980.

 

                Ryken, Leland. The Liberated Imagination:     Thinking Christianly About the Arts.  Wheaton,     IL: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1989.

 

Sayers, Dorothy.  The Mind of the Maker. New York: Harper-Collins Publishers, 1941.

 

History:

Wells, Roland A.  History Through Eyes of Faith. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins Publishers, 1989.

 

Literature:

Buechner, Fredrick.  Telling the Truth: the Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, & Fairy Tale. NY: Harper-Collins Publishers, 1977.

 

Lewis, C.S.  “On Story.” ~1966.

 

Ryken, Leland (ed). The Christian Imagination:  The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing. Colorado Springs, CO: Shaw Books, 2002.

 

Tolkien, J.R.R.  “On Fairy Stories.” 1964.

 

Veith, Gene Edward.  Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1990.

 

Mathematics:

Zimmerman, Larry L.  Truth & the Transcendent:  The Origin, Nature & Purpose of Mathematics. Petersburg, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2000.

 

Science: 

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                Pearcey, Nancy R. & Charles B. Thaxton.  The Soul of Science: A Christian Map to the Scientific Landscape. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994.

 

Technology:

Hipps, Shane. Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan’s Publishing, 2009.

 

Worldview Issues: 

Crouch, Andy.  Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling. Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2008.

 

—.  Playing God:  Redeeming the Gift of Power.  Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2013.

 

Veith, Gene Edward, Jr.  PostModern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994.[2]

 

Becky Hunsberger
Teacher Education Services
TeachBeyond

[1] I’ve read and really appreciated the insights in History through Eyes of Faith, Roland Wells, & Literature through Eyes of Faith, Susan Gallagher & Roger Lundin.
[2] This volume is a bit dated, but the content remains quite good.

 

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