Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What I'm Reading this Semester

Well, my patient readers, my second semester as a UD doctoral student has begun. I'm pleased as punch to report that I managed to get through last semester with two As--something that was a confidence booster, to say the least.

But, I have my work cut out for me this time around. Not only am I taking two classes and working 20 hours a week as a graduate assistant, but I'm also preparing for my first General Examination on the Bible, which will take place in May. This exam will cover the content of 15 or so books, not to mention the biblical text itself, and take both written and oral form. Passing is absolutely essential for progressing in the program.

Nevertheless, as I did last time, I thought you might appreciate seeing the books I will be reading in my courses.

For a foundational course called Theological Research Methods: The Tradition, we were required to purchase the following:

- Anselm of Canterbury, The Major Works. Ed. Brian Davis, Oxford World's Classics.

- Augustine. City of God. Trans. Henry Bettenson, Penguin Classics.

- Bernard of Clairvaux. On the Song of Songs IV. Cistercian Publications.

- Denis R. Janz (Ed.). A Reformation Reader: Primary Texts with Introduction. Fortress Press: 1999.

- Mechthild of Magdeburg. The Flowing Light of the Godhead. Trans. Frank Tobin. Paulist Press, 1997.

- Margaret Porette. The Mirror of Simple Souls. Trans. J.C. Marler and Judith Grant. Notre Dame, 1999.

We will also be reading portions of the following works, which can be found on the internet or in electronic form through our library:

- Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

- Aristotle's Physics 4.3

- Augustine's Confessions, Book 8

- Bonaventure's Commentary on the Sentences of Peter the Lombard

- John Duns Scotus, Ordinatio Prologue. Parts 1 and 2.

- Peter the Lombard, Sentences.

- Plato, Phaedo

- Plotinus, Ennead IV

- Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Sentences of Peter the Lombard

- Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Excerpts

- Jean Leclercq, Love of Learning and the Desire for God

- Duns Scotus on the Will and Morality. Trans. Allan Wolter. Catholic University of America Press, 1986.

- John Duns Scotus. God and Creatures: The Quodlibetal Questions. Trans. Felix Alluntis & Allan Wolter. Catholic University of America Press, 1975.

- John Duns Scotus. The Examined Report of the Paris Lecture: Reportatio I-A. Trans. Allan Wolter & Oleg Bychkov. The Franciscan Institute, 2004.

- Meister Eckhart: Sermons & Treatises. Vol. 2. Trans. by M.O’C. Walshe. Element Books, 1979, Sermon 87, pp. 269-277.

- Arthur Hyman & James Walsh. Philosophy in the Middle Ages. 2nd ed. Hackett, 1973

- William of Ockham. Ockham: Philosophical Writings. Trans. Philotheus Boehner. Library of Liberal Arts, 1964.

- William of Ockham. Quodlibetal Questions. 2 vols. Trans. Alfred Freddoso & Francis Kelley. Yale, 1991

For a course called Theological Engagements with Culture, we have been required to purchase the following:

- H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture

- Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church

- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions

- Gordon Lynch, Understanding Theology and Popular Culture

- Kathryn Tanner, Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology

- Kwok Pui-lan, Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology

- Terry Eagleton, The Idea of Culture

- Nicholas M. Healy, Church, World, and the Christian Life: Practical-Prophetic Ecclesiology

- Graham Ward, Cultural Transformation and Religious Practice


Steve said...

One would certainly hope that at least some of those were the Classics Illustrated (comic book) versions!

I feel smarter just having read the list.

UnderMidnight said...

one thing i miss about school is all the books you get to buy and read. well, except luther and calvin were a waste of money.
i've got a book of plato's republic that includes his phaedo if i remember correctly. it's published by anchor books, whom i have come to enjoy. reading it is like reading a letter from Paul.

the cardinal/pope writes some fantastic stuff.