This list of books is set up exactly how I have my personal bookshelves at home as organized by subject. There is no particular alphabetical order here as the list will be constantly updated (I’m always buying books!).

Apologetics:

  1. An Introduction to Christian Apologetics, Norman Geisler
  2. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Norman Geisler
  3. The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw, Norman Geisler
  4. How Should We Then Live? Francis Schaeffer
  5. On Guard, William Lane Craig
  6. Know Why You Believe, Paul Little
  7. Evidence for Christianity, John McDowell
  8. The Last Superstition, Edward Feser
  9. Contending with Christianity’s Critics, ed. William Lane Craig and Paul Copan
  10. Debating Christian Theism, ed. William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland
  11. Is There a God? Richard Swinburne
  12. To Everyone an Answer, ed. William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland
  13. Is God a Moral Monster? Paul Copan
  14. Come, Let Us Reason, ed. Paul Copan and William Lane Craig
  15. The Word of God and the Mind of Man, Ronald Nash
  16. Worldviews in Conflict, Ronald Nash
  17. Pensées, Blaise Pascal

 

Philosophy of Religion/Philosophy-General:

  1. Alvin Plantinga, ed. Deane-Peter Baker
  2. In Defence of Wonder, Raymond Tallis
  3. Religious Language: An Empirical Placing of Theological Phrases, Ian T. Ramsey
  4. Ontological Arguments and Belief in God, Graham Oppy.
  5. Introduction to Philosophy: A Christian Perspective, ed. Norman Geisler and Paul Feinberg
  6. The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, ed. William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland
  7. The Mystery of Existence, ed. Robert Lawrence Kuhn
  8. The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, ed. Michael Martin
  9. The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle, ed. Johnathan Burnes
  10. The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas, ed. Eleonore Stump and Norman Kretzmann
  11. God and the Philosophers, ed. Thomas Morris
  12. The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics, ed. Robin Gill
  13. The Cambridge Companion to Locke, ed. Vere Chappell
  14. The Cambridge Companion to Kant, ed. Paul Guyer
  15. The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, ed. Alistair Hannay, Gordon Morino
  16. The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz, Nicholas Jolley
  17. The Cambridge Companion to Sartre, ed. Christina Howells
  18. The Difference of Man and the Difference It Makes, Mortimer Adler
  19. Ten Philosophical Mistakes, Mortimer Adler
  20. How to Think About God, Mortimer Adler
  21. The Mind, Brain and Free Will, Richard Swinburne
  22. The Portable Voltaire, ed. Ben Ray Redman
  23. The Philosopher’s Handbook, ed. Stanley Rosen
  24. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, ed. Ted Honderich
  25. Religious Belief and Religious Skepticism, Gary Gutting
  26. Classical and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Religion, ed. John Hick
  27. Religion and Reason: An Anthology, ed. Burton F. Porter
  28. The Concept of God, Ronald Nash
  29. Medieval Philosophy, Frederick Copleston

 

Thomas Aquinas Studies

  1. Reality: A Synthesis of Thomist Thought, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O. P.
  2. God and Philosophy, Etienne Gilson
  3. Degrees of Knowledge, Jacques Maritain
  4. Metaphysics and the Existence of God, Thomas C. O’Brien O. P.

 

Epistemology/Philosophy of Mind:

  1. The Conscious Mind, David Chalmers
  2. The Cambridge Companion to Epistemology, ed. Ernest Sosa
  3. The Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction, Peter Smith and O. R. Jones

 

Theology:

  1. Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
  2. Biblical Doctrine, B.B. Warfield
  3. The Treasury of David, Charles Spurgeon
  4. The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  5. Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  6. The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis
  7. The Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton
  8. The Christian Theology: A Reader, Alister McGrath
  9. Postmodernism and Christian Thought, ed. Merold Westphal
  10. The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of the Christian Truth, David Bentley Hart

 

General Religious Studies:

  1. After the Evil: Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust, Richard Harries
  2. The Bhagavad Ghita, Hindu scripture
  3. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, ed. Bikkhu Bodhi
  4. The Satanic Bible, Anton Lavey
  5. The Mormon Bible
  6. An Introduction to Christianity, Linda Woodhead

 

Gender Studies:

  1. Aquinas, Feminism and the Modern Good, Susanne M. DeCrane
  2. Feminism and Pornography, ed. Drucill Cornell
  3. Your Brain on Porn, Brian Cox
  4. Wired for Intimacy, William Struthers
  5. Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, Gail Dines
  6. Porn Studies, Linda Williams
  7. Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and theFrenzy of the Visible,” Linda Williams
  8. The History of Sexuality, vol. I: Michel Foucault

 

Søren Kierkegaard Readings:

  1. Papers and Journals: A Selection (1996), trans. Alistair Hannay
  2. Training in Christianity, trans. Walter Lowrie
  3. How to Read Kierkegaard, John D. Caputo
  4. Spiritual Writings: Kierkegaard, trans. George Pattison
  5. Encounters with Kierkegaard, ed. Bruce Kirmmse
  6. Kierkegaard: A Biography, Joakim Garff
  7. A Short Life of Kierkegaard, Walter Lowrie
  8. Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs, trans. M. G. Piety
  9. The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, ed. Alisdair Hannay
  10. Faith Above Reason: A Kierkegaardian Account, C. Stephen Evans
  11. Kierkegaard: An Introduction, C. Stephen Evans
  12. Kierkegaard and Theology, Murray Rae
  13. Kierkegaard: A Christian Missionary to Christians, Mark. A. Tietjen
  14. Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs, Soren Kierkegaard
  15. Socrates Meets Kierkegaard, Peter Kreeft
  16. Parables of Kierkegaard, Thomas C. Oden

 

Political Studies/Moral Philosophy:

  1. Why Marx Was Right, Terry Eagleton
  2. Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844, Karl Marx
  3. The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
  4. Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
  5. Written on the Heart, J. Budziszewski
  6. The Line Through the Heart, J. Budziszewski
  7. St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics, trans. and ed. Paul Sigmund
  8. The Soul of Man Under Socialism (essay), Oscar Wilde
  9. A Treatise on Law, Thomas Aquinas (introduction by Ralph McInerny)
  10. Natural Law and Moral Inquiry, ed. Robert P. George
  11. Christianity and Democracy, Jacques Maritain

 

Radical Theology/A-theology:

  1. After the Death of God, John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo
  2. The New Gospel of Christian Atheism, Thomas Altizer
  3. Radical Theology and the Death of God, Thomas Altizer and William Hamilton
  4. Thinking Through the Death of God: A Critical Companion to Thomas J. J. Altizer, ed. Lissa McCullough and Brian Schroeder

 

Catholic Theology/Literature:

  1. The God Who Loves You, Peter Kreeft
  2. Love is Stronger Than Death, Peter Kreeft
  3. Heaven: The Heart’s Greatest Longing, Peter Kreeft
  4. Faith and Certitude, Thomas Dubay
  5. Introduction to Christianity, Joseph Ratzinger
  6. The Christian and Anxiety, Hars Urs Von Bathlasar
  7. Unless You Become Like This Child, Hans Urs Von Balthasar
  8. Theo-Logic: Truth About God (vol. II), Hans Urs Von Balthasar
  9. Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II
  10. The Nature and Mission of Theology, Joseph Ratzinger
  11. The Dark Night of the Soul, St. John of the Cross
  12. Love and Responsibility, Karol Wojtyla
  13. Theology of the Body, Pope John Paul II
  14. The Seven Story Mountain, Thomas Merton
  15. No Man Is an Island, Thomas Merton
  16. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, St. Ignatius
  17. The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a’ Kempis
  18. The Gift of Hope, Pope John Paul II
  19. Philosophy 101 by Socrates, Peter Kreeft
  20. Socrates Meets Jesus, Peter Kreeft
  21. Socrates Meets Kierkegaard, Peter Kreeft
  22. Socrates Meets Sartre, Peter Kreeft
  23. Socrates Meets Hume, Peter Kreeft
  24. The Philosophy of Jesus, Peter Kreeft
  25. The Interior Castle, St. Teresa of Avila
  26. Life is Worth Living, Fulton Sheen
  27. The Seven Sayings of the Savior, Fulton Sheen

 

General Science (Theoretical Physics, Biology):

  1. Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen Darwin
  2. The Panda’s Thumb, Stephen Jay Gould
  3. The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, Stephen Jay Gould
  4. Rocks of Ages, Stephen Jay Gould
  5. The Mind of God, Paul Davies
  6. God and the New Physics, Paul Davies
  7. The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking
  8. The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking
  9. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
  10. Life of the Cosmos, Lee Smolin
  11. Quantum Physics and Theology, John Polkinghorne
  12. Science and Religion in Quest for Truth, John Polkinghorne

 

Atheism/Agnosticism:

  1. The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
  2. Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris
  3. God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens
  4. Atheism: A Philosophical Justification, Michael Martin
  5. The Impossibility of God, ed. Michael Martin
  6. How We Believe, Michael Shermer
  7. Atheism: A Reader, S. T. Josh
  8. Why I Am Not a Christian, Bertrand Russell
  9. The Portable Atheist, ed. Christopher Hitchens
  10. Atheism: The Case Against God, George Smith
  11. Why Atheism? George Smith
  12. The Case Against Christianity, Michael Martin
  13. The Essence of Christianity, Ludwig Feuerbach
  14. The Antichrist, Friedrich Nietzsche
  15. The Atheist Debater’s Handbook, B. C. Johnson
  16. Ethics Without God, Kai Nielsen
  17. Atheism and Philosophy, Kai Nielsen
  18. The Outsider Test for Faith, John Loftus
  19. Christianity is Not Great, John Loftus
  20. The Philosophy of Humanism, Corliss Lamont
  21. Breaking the Spell, Daniel Dennett
  22. Atheism and the Case Against Christ, Michael McCormick
  23. The Wisdom to Doubt, J. L. Schellenberg
  24. An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism, Gordon Stein
  25. Critiques of God, ed. Peter Angeles
  26. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, Julian Baggini
  27. Humanism: An Introduction, Jim Herrick
  28. The New Atheism, Victor Stenger
  29. Critique of Religion and Philosophy, Walter Kaufmann

 

 

Fiction/Classical Literature/Poetry/Plays:

  1. The Illiad, Homer
  2. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  3. The Brother’s Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  4. Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  5. The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. The Double, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  7. Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
  8. No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre
  9. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  10. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  11. The Sorrows of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  12. Without Feathers, Woody Allen
  13. King Lear, Shakespeare
  14. Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
  15. Hamlet, Shakespeare
  16. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
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