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Martin's insightful book list

This is a summary of recent books read by Martin Davie, compiling his evaluations and the commendations of others. In this edition:

Coming to Faith Through Dawkins: 12 Essays on the Pathway from New Atheism to Christianity by Denis Alexander and Alister McGrath

This collection is well worth reading by anyone who wants to understand why people continue to come to faith, or return to it, even in our modern secular age. A very useful resource for apologetics and evangelism.

How to Talk about Jesus without Looking like an Idiot: A Panic-Free Guide to Having Natural Conversations about Your Faith by Andy Bannister

An invaluable tool both for individuals who want to share their faith, but are not sure how to go about it, and church leaders who want a reliable guide that help their church members to learn how to share their faith.

Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age by Rosaria Butterfield

An uncompromising re-assertion of traditional Reformed Christian teaching on God’s creation of men and women and on the distinctive roles of men and women in the home and in the Church. This is a very challenging book, but one that deserves to be widely read.

The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes by Nancy Pearcey

This is a serious academic study, based on up-to-date research, but it is also written in an accessible style. It needs to be read not only by ministers and other church leaders, but by as many Christian lay people as possible. Christians need to take toxic masculinity seriously and Pearcey gives then the information they need to begin this task.

Does the Bible Support Same-Sex Marriage?: 21 Conversations from a Historically Christian View by Preston Sprinkle

If you want to know what the strongest objections to the traditional Christian view of sex and marriage are and why they are ultimately unpersuasive then this is the book for you. Some of the chapters concerning the biblical material are a bit technical, but those who have experience of serious biblical study will be able to benefit from them and then unpack what they say for those who do not. Very highly recommended.

The full reviews can be accessed here.


Martin Davie is a Latimer Trust Research Fellow. He teaches at Wycliffe Hall and is the author of various books, some of them can be found here. He writes regularly on his blog Reflections of an Anglican Theologian.

Views expressed in blogs published by the Latimer Trust are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Latimer Trust.



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