Ten books that influenced me

My colleague and friend the Rev. Phil Hill recently asked (on Facebook) me, and others, to mention ten books that had most deeply influenced our worldview. Aside from the Bible, which I think belongs to a class of its own, here are the books that came to my mind:

1. Symbol and Sacrament by Louis-Marie Chauvet
2. Constructing Local Theologies by Robert Schreiter
3. The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer in Five Volumes (that is kinda cheating, sorry, but I did read them all)
4. The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
5. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
6. The Call of the Minaret by Kenneth Cragg
7. The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam by Bat Ye’or
8. Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman by Montgomery Watt
9. For the Life of the World by Alexander Shmemann
10. Four Quartets by TS Eliot

Please take up the question on your own blog or share your thoughts in the comments.


Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. Presently, I live in San Antonio where I am lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (ticks.org), and sometime adjunct professor of theology at St Mary's University. Visit my blog (duanemiller.wordpress.com) or academia.edu page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

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