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Christianity.com Video 4 - What books should all Christians read?

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Obviously Christians should be students and readers of the Holy Scriptures, but Mike was asked to name five other books that Christians should read. This discussion is recorded in the fourth video from Christianity.com.


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  • Guest - Mark Vander Pol

    1. Athanasius, On the Incarnation
    2. Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
    3. John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion (Which isn't as hard as the title sounds!)
    4. The Heidelberg Catechism
    5. R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God

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  • Guest - Mike Lewis

    Great list. I was surprised and delighted by the inclusion of Athanasius. Thank you!

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  • [...] Horton recommends five influential books that can change the way we think and [...]

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  • Guest - Loren Sanders

    I would mention that pretty much anything Horton writes is worth the time spent to read it. :-)

    I'd also add in Desiring God by John Piper, and The Mischief Of Sin by Thomas Watson (among countless others).

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  • Guest - ted

    I can't believe that I'm supposed to tell the guy in my congregation with the public school education that those are the five books that EVERY CHRISTIAN should read. Good luck with that.

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  • I was that public school educated guy. And those books made all the difference. I'm not an advocate of public schools, quite the opposite. But those books are quite accessible for someone who wants to learn. 3 have been consistently read by my high schoolers.

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  • Guest - aaytch

    From the introduction to Athanasius "On the Incarnation" by C.S. Lewis

    There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books. Thus I have found as a tutor in English Literature that if the average student wants to find out something about Platonism, the very last thing he thinks of doing is to take a translation of Plato off the library shelf and read the Symposium. He would rather read some dreary modern book ten times as long, all about "isms" and influences and only once in twelve pages telling him what Plato actually said. The error is rather an amiable one, for it springs from humility. The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism. It has always therefore been one of my main endeavours as a teacher to persuade the young that firsthand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than secondhand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire.

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  • The first 4 in the list can be downloaded for free.

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  • I wonder why he recommended Heidelberg instead of Westminster Catechism. I'm looking at options for a catechism group study and am currently considering these catechisms.

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