Christianity Today's Books of the Century

Given by Christianity Today

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"Christianity Today asked more than 100 of its contributors and church leaders to nominate the ten best religious books of the twentieth century. By best books, we meant those that not only were show more important when first published, but also have enduring significance for the Christian faith and church. We have included books which do not always prompt agreement, but which are important for evangelical Christians to read and contend with. A few "period" pieces also made the list of 90. "By far, C. S. Lewis was the most popular author and Mere Christianity the book nominated most often. Indeed, we could have included even more Lewis works, but finally we had to say: "Enough is enough; give some other authors a chance."" show less
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Mere Christianity (1952) by C. S. Lewis
The Cost of Discipleship (1937) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Church Dogmatics (1932) by Karl Barth
The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Politics of Jesus (1972) by John Howard Yoder
Orthodoxy (1908) by G. K. Chesterton
The Seven Storey Mountain (1948) by Thomas Merton
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (1978) by Richard J. Foster
My Utmost for His Highest (1927) by Oswald Chambers
Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics (1932) by Reinhold Niebuhr
The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II (1966) by Walter M. Abbott
Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe
Alcoholics Anonymous (1939) by Alcoholics Anonymous
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (1950) by Roland Bainton
The Epistle to the Romans (1918) by Karl Barth
The Denial of Death (1973) by Ernest Becker
Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (1985) by Robert N. Bellah
The Diary of a Country Priest (1936) by Georges Bernanos
Letters and Papers from Prison {original edition} (1951) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Transforming Mission (1991) by David Jacobus Bosch
The Prophetic Imagination (1978) by Walter Brueggemann
Truth as Encounter (1943) by Emil Brunner
The Plague (1947) by Albert Camus
The Case for Orthodox Theology (1959) by Edward John Carnell
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) by Willa Cather
The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist (1952) by Dorothy Day
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974) by Annie Dillard
The Souls of Black Folk (1903) by W. E. B. Du Bois
Four Quartets (1943) by T. S. Eliot
The Technological Society (1964) by Jacques Ellul
Silence (1966) by Shūsaku Endō
The Diary of a Young Girl (1947) by Anne Frank
Man's Search for Meaning (1946) by Viktor Frankl
Civilization and Its Discontents (1953) by Sigmund Freud
Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure (1966) by Langdon Gilkey
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development (1982) by Carol Gilligan
The Power and the Glory (1940) by Graham Greene
Black Like Me (1960) by John Howard Griffin
A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation (1972) by Gustavo Gutierrez
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There (1979) by Philip Hallie
A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic (1981) by Stanley Hauerwas
Living in Truth: 22 Essays Published on the Occasion of the Award of the Erasmus Prize to Vaclav Havel (1987) by Václav Havel
The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation, A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics (1996) by Richard B. Hays
God, Revelation and Authority (1982) by Carl F. H. Henry
Hiroshima (Expanded edition) (1946) by John Hersey
The Prophets (1962) by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley
The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) by William James
The Trial (1925) by Franz Kafka
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1986) by Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) by Thomas S. Kuhn
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee
A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There (1949) by Aldo Leopold
The Chronicles of Narnia (1950) by C. S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters / Screwtape Proposes a Toast (1942) by C. S. Lewis
Christianity and Liberalism (1923) by J. Gresham Machen
After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (1981) by Alasdair MacIntyre
Fundamentalism and American Culture (1982) by George M. Marsden
The Knot of Vipers (1932) by François Mauriac
The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology (1973) by Jürgen Moltmann
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America (1984) by Richard John Neuhaus
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (1989) by Lesslie Newbigin
Christ and Culture (1951) by H. Richard Niebuhr
The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation (1943) by Reinhold Niebuhr
The Cloister Walk (1996) by Kathleen Norris
The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society (1979) by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Agape and Eros (1953) by Anders Nygren
Journey Inward, Journey Outward (1968) by Elizabeth O'Connor
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955) by Flannery O'Connor
The Idea of the Holy (1917) by Rudolf Otto
Knowing God (1973) by J. I. Packer
Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) by Alan Paton
Jesus through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture (1985) by Jaroslav Pelikan
The Four Cardinal Virtues (1965) by Josef Pieper
Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy (1958) by Michael Polanyi
The Chosen (1967) by Chaim Potok
Old Testament theology (1962) by Gerhard von Rad
Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century: The Classic That Woke Up the Church (1907) by Walter Rauschenbusch
The Mind of the Maker (1941) by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Quest of the Historical Jesus (1906) by Albert Schweitzer
On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity (1990) by Ronald J. Sider
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (1973) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Basic Christianity (1965) by John R. W. Stott
The Meaning of Persons (1870) by Paul Tournier
The Pursuit of God (1948) by A. W. Tozer
The Guns of August (1962) by Barbara W. Tuchman
Mysticism (1955) by Evelyn Underhill
Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996) by Miroslav Volf
The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith (1996) by Andrew F. Walls
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904) by Max Weber
Waiting for God (1951) by Simone Weil
The Invisible Man (1897) by H. G. Wells
Night (1956) by Elie Wiesel
Descent into Hell (1937) by Charles Williams
Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (1992) by Walter Wink
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) by Malcolm X
The Jesus I Never Knew (1995) by Philip Yancey


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