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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Introductory resources for a Christian approach to all (well many of) the areas of life

Here are my suggestions for best introductory books in each category (hence nothing by eg Herman Dooyeweerd or D. H. Th. Vollenhoven!). I've restricted it to one or two books  - occasionally three - where possible and from authors writing largely in the kuyperian, neo-calvinist tradition. Sadly, some of them are long out of print.


James Nikel 2000. Mathematics: Is God Silent? Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books

Physical sciences and Biology
Arthur Jones (ed.) 1998. Science in Faith: A Christian Perspective on Teaching Science. Christian Schools' Trust.
Tim Morris and Dan Petcher 2006. Science and Grace. Wheaton: Crossway

Geography and place

Henk Aay and Sander Griffioen (ed.)1998. Geography and Worldview: A Christian Reconnaissance. Toronto: UPA
Craig Bartholomew 2011.  Where Mortals Dwell. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Environment and Green issues 

Steve Bishop and Christopher Droop 1999.  The Earth is the Lord's. Bristol: Regius Press
Loren Wilkinson et al.  Earthkeeping. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 

Built environment
Eric O Jacobsen 2012. The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment. 
Grand Rapids: Baker.


Monsma, Stephen V (ed). 1986. Responsible Technology: A Christian Perspective. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 
Derek C. Schuurman 2013. Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology. Downers Grove: IVP. 

Ben House 2008.  Punic Wars & Culture Wars. Covenant Media Press.

Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen 1985. The Person on Psychology: A Contemporary Christian Appraisal. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Willem Ouweneel. 2008. Heart and Soul a Christian View of Psychology. Grand Rapids: Paidea Press.

Language and Lingustics
Albert Weideman 2011. A Framework for the Study of linguistics. Grand Rapids: Paideia Press.
David Smith with Barbara Cavill 2000. The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language LearningGrand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Alan Storkey 1979. A Christian Social Perspective. Leicester: IVP.

Bob Goudzwaard. Capitalism and Progress: A Diagnosis of Western Society.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Alan Storkey Transforming Economics. London: SPCK/ Third Way Books.

Jim Skillen 1990. The Scattered Voice: Christians at Odds in the Public Square. Grand Rapids: Zondervan
David Koyzis 2003. Political Visions and Illusions. Downers Grove: IVP.
Paul Marshall 1984.Thine is the Kingdom. Basingstoke: Marshalls.

Timothy Sherratt and Ronald Mahurin 1995. Saints as Citizens. Grand rapids: Baker.

Jeff Van Duzer 2010. Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed). Downers Grove: IVP Academic.

Art and aesthetics 
Hilary Brand and Adrienne Dengerink 2001. Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts Carlisle: Piquant.
Hans Rookmaaker 1970. Modern Art and the Death of a Culture. Downers Grove: IVP.

Hans Rookmaaker 1978. Art Needs No Justification. Inter-Varsity Press.

Karen A. De Mol. 1999.  Sound Stewardship: How Shall Christians Think About Music? Sioux Center: Dordt College Press.

 Doug Blomberg 2007. Wisdom and Curriculum: Christian Schooling After Postmodernity.
Sioux Center: Dordt College Press.
Mark Roques 1989. Curriculum Unmasked: Towards a Christian Understanding of Education. Eastboyrne: Monarch.

John Van Dyk 2005. The Craft of Christian Teaching. Sioux Center: Dordt College Press.
John van Dyk  2011. Letters to Lisa. Sioux Center: Dordt College Press. 
David I. Smith and John Shortt 2002. The Bible and the Task of Teaching. Nottingham: Stapleford Centre.

Michael P. Schutt 2007. Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

 Andre Troost The Christian Ethos. Bloemfontein: Patmos.

Theology and biblical studies
Craig Bartholemew and Mike Goheen The Drama of Scripture. SPCK
Gordon Spykman Refomational Theology.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Michael Goheen 2011.  A Light to the Nations. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Al Wolters 2005.  Creation Regained. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2nd edn)
Richard Middleton and Brian J. Walsh Transforming Vision.
Downers Grove: Inter-Varsity Press
David K. Naugle 2002. Worldview.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans
Mike Goheen and Craig Bartholomew 2008.  Living at the Crossroads. SPCK.

Mike Wittmer 2004. Heaven is a Place on Earth. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Mark Roques 2003. Fields of God. Milton Keynes: Authentic.
John Byl and Tom Visker 1999. Physical Education, Sport and Wellness.
Sioux Center: Dordt College Press.

Roy A. Clouser 2005. Myth of Neutrality. Notre Dame: UNDP.

John H. Kok 1998. Patterns of the Western Mind. Sioux Center: Dordt College Press.
Steve Bishop (ed.) 2011. Like the First Gleam of Dawn: Reformational Studies - a B. J. vand der Walt Reader. Potchefstroom: Institute for Contemporary Christianity in Africa.
L. Kalsbeek 1975. Contours of a Christian Philosophy. Toronto: Wedge. 
P Heintzman, G A van Andel and Tom Visker 1994. Christianity and Leisure: Issues in a Pluralistic Society.
Sioux Center: Dordt College Press.

Media and film 
William Romanowski 2007. Eyes Wide Open. Grand Rapids: Brazos.
Quentin J Schulte and Robert Woods (eds) 2008. Understanding Evangelical Media. IVP.
Brian Godawa 2002. Hollywood Worldviews.  Downers Grove: IVP.

Family and Marriage
James H. Olthius 1975. I Pledge You My Troth. San Francisco: Harper & Row.
E. L. Hebden Taylor1970. The Reformational Understanding of Family and Marriage. Grand Rapids: Craig Press. 

Work and vocation
Amy L. Sherman 2011. Kingdom Calling. Downers Grove: IVP.
Tom Nelson 2011. Work Matters. Wheaton: Crossway.

Fuller bibliographies for most of the above areas are available here and here.

This is version 1.1 - updated with suggestions and comments from Richard Gunton, Rudi Hayward, Jeremy Ive, Arthur Jones, Mark Roques, Richard Russell and Eline van Asperen.

Though any omissions/ errors are my very own!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve,

Here's a link to my stuff at Upptacka Press.