I’m following Leah Sargeant’s lead this year and am trying to give myself a list of “goal books” to read for 2022. Thanks to some news I’m going to share in a separate post on the main site, I’m hoping to be able to do more reading this year. The last several years—ever since we had our third child and even more since the arrival of number four—have seen a pretty significant dip in my reading. In college and early on in our marriage, I was typically reading 50-75 books a year.
The last few years that number has been closer to 25. Part of that dip is due to a lack of time and part of it also is due to me choosing more difficult books to read—my history reading has dropped off a good bit in recent years, as has my fiction and popular trade reading. These days I’d say most of my reading is theology and academic press books. I’m not sure that’s how I always want my reading to look, but for now I think it’s the right mix given the work I do here and my current interests.
That said, I’m hoping to have more reading time this year and to keep the same subject matter as recent years but to actually finish more books. We’ll see. I may have to come back to this list in July and pretty dramatically revise. For now though, here’s my breakdown for the year.
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Classical Theology Treatises (2)
City of God by Augustine—I’ve read most of this, but have never made it cover-to-cover. I’m hoping to change that this year.
Bullinger’s Decades—This was an ETS purchase that I hope to make my way through over the next year. Tentatively I’m thinking Bullinger will be for Q1 and Q2 of 2022 and Augustine will be Q3 and Q4.
Shorter Classical Theology
This is mostly going to be for the popular patristics volumes that are accumulating in my library thanks to the good folks at St Vladimir Seminary Press, who I hope we can get to sponsor some kind of podcast project in the future. I also hope to read several treatises on virginity from the church fathers for potential use in a future writing project. Specific goals:
On Social Justice by Basel the Great
On Wealth and Poverty by John Chrysostom
On Christian Ethics by Basel the Great
Of Holy Virginity by St Augustine
On Virginity by St. Gregory of Nyssa
Concerning Virginity by St. Ambrose
Modern Theology Treatises (2)
The plan here is to tackle Sonderegger in the first six months and Bavinck in the last six.
Sonderegger’s Systematic Theology—Volumes 1 and 2
Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics—Volumes 2, 3, and 4
Shorter Modern Theology
Barth’s Dogmatics in Outline
Tanner’s Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism
Brunner’s Revelation and Reason
Warfield’s Faith and Life
Jennings’s Commentary on Acts
Cone’s Malcolm and Martin in America
Katongole’s Born from Lament
Bediako’s Theology and Identity
Holier Than Thou by Jackie Hill-Perry
Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich
The Uncontrollability of the World by Hartmut Rosa
Feminist Theory by bell hooks
Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks
Public Religions in the Modern World by Jose Casanova
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
Love’s Labor by Eva Feder Kittay
How to Think Seriously About the Planet by Roger Scruton
The Soul of the World by Roger Scruton
On Revolution by Hannah Arendt
Smuggler’s Cove by Martin and Rebecca Cate
Death and Co: Welcome Home by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Caplan
Black Smoke by Adrian Miller
Imbibe by David Wondrich