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Martin's insightful booklist

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

Deeper Heaven: A Reader’s Guide to C.S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy by Christiana Hale.

This is a very helpful introduction both to Lewis’ science fiction trilogy and to his writing more generally. It highlights the importance of an often-neglected part of Lewis’ work.

Biblical Reasoning: Christological and Trinitarian Rules for Exegesis by R B Jamieson and Tyler Wittman.

The principles and rules for the interpretation of Scripture which this book contains are correct and important and they are all well explained and applied. Christians who possess a reasonable grasp of the contents of the Bible and of Christian theology, and who want to learn to read the Bible better, will find this book extremely helpful.

The Air We Breathe: How We All Came to Believe in Freedom, Kindness, Progress, and Equality by Glen Scrivener

This is concise, accessible, based on good scholarship and convincingly argued and it provides important challenges for the target audiences. If the decline of Christianity in Britain is to be halted and reversed, then what is required is vigorous and confident evangelism and Scrivener’s book provides an excellent resource for this.

After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man by Michael Ward

Lewis’ argument against moral subjectivism remains as important today as when it was first written, and Ward has done a great service by providing a comprehensive and reliable introduction to what Lewis said and the reasons why he said it. Everyone should read The Abolition of Man and everyone should read Ward’s work as an invaluable tool to help them properly understand it and to see why it is so important.

Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible's Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture by Christopher Watkin

This is a long and complex work that looks in detail at how biblical teaching, and the Christian tradition stemming from it, relate to contemporary thought and contemporary society. However, those who are up to the intellectual challenge of engaging with this book, and have the stamina to do so, will find themselves richly rewarded.

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Martin Davie is a research fellow with the Latimer Trust. He is the author of several books including LLF a concise introduction and review. His new book on Confirmation is available now. You can find Martin's books here .



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