(Personal Note from Shane: My apologies for not updating the blog more often this year. The fall has been a busy season for Kristi and me. Just after I made the previous post we found out that her cancer had returned and metastasized. So our fall has been dominated by doctor appointments and visits to receive treatment. Please keep Kristi in your prayers).
I thought I would kick off the New Year with a look back at some books that I really enjoyed reading in 2014. This is not a list of books published in 2014, but books that I used in connection with my preaching and teaching. And of course, all caveats apply here - these are books written by fallible people from across a wide spectrum of belief. Judge all books by the authority of Christ! And so, in no particular order...
The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism. By Edward Feser
I said this list was in no particular order, but I must say that this book had a deeper impact on me than any book I have read in a long time (other than the Bible, of course). Feser is a Catholic philosopher who specializes in the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. Even though I have a graduate degree in theology, I had never carefully studied the works of Aquinas. I purchased this book as a refutation of the new atheism, but it turned out to be much more than that. It was an introduction to the thought of Aquinas, whose arguments (properly understood) are simply the most powerful arguments ever made for the existence of God. They are much different than the popular forms of argument made by writers such as William Lane Craig, or by the Intelligent Design movement, and in my view, far superior. I am very thankful for Feser's work, which - to paraphrase another philosopher - awoke me from my dogmatic slumbers regarding Aquinas. Feser also has a blog - http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com.