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Book awards: Christianity Today's Books of the Century

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Works (98)

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory by Alasdair MacIntyre
Agape and Eros by Anders Nygren
Alcoholics Anonymous by Alcoholics Anonymous
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Basic Christianity by John R. W. Stott
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Case for Orthodox Theology by Edward John Carnell
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Christ and Culture by H. Richard Niebuhr
Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen
Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century: The Classic That Woke Up the Church by Walter Rauschenbusch
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic by Stanley Hauerwas
The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology by Jürgen Moltmann
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
Descent into Hell by Charles Williams
The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination by Walter Wink
The Epistle to the Romans by Karl Barth
Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation by Miroslav Volf
The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper
Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
Fundamentalism and American Culture by George M. Marsden
God, Revelation and Authority by Carl F. H. Henry
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life by Robert N. Bellah
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton
Hiroshima by John Hersey
The Idea of the Holy by Rudolf Otto
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development by Carol Gilligan
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
Jesus through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture by Jaroslav Pelikan
Journey Inward, Journey Outward by Elizabeth O'Connor
The Knot of Vipers by François Mauriac
Knowing God by J. I. Packer
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed by Philip Hallie
Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Living in Truth: 22 Essays Published on the Occasion of the Award of the Erasmus Prize to Vaclav Havel by Václav Havel
The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist by Dorothy Day
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
The Meaning of Persons by Paul Tournier
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis1
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith by Andrew F. Walls
The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation, A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics by Richard B. Hays
Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America by Richard John Neuhaus
The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation by Reinhold Niebuhr
Night by Elie Wiesel
Old Testament theology by Gerhard von Rad
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy by Michael Polanyi
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
The Plague by Albert Camus
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
The prophetic imagination by Walter Brueggemann
The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber
The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity by Ronald J. Sider
A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold
The Screwtape Letters / Screwtape Proposes a Toast by C. S. Lewis
Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure by Langdon Gilkey
Silence by Shūsaku Endō
The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II by Walter M. Abbott
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation by Gustavo Gutierrez
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Transforming Mission by David Jacobus Bosch
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Truth as Encounter by Emil Brunner
The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
Waiting for God by Simone Weil
The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri J. M. Nouwen
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer2
Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth3
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien4
The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder5
Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton6
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton7
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster8
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers9
Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics by Reinhold Niebuhr10

Award description

"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 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.""


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