Suggested Reading List

I reference so many scholarly and other important religious texts that i realize i should provide a reading list.  I’ll update it frequently, and try to maintain some manner of order and categorization.  Maybe even annotations if I can.

Christian Theology

Cobb, John B., Jr. Transforming Christianity and the World: A Way beyond Absolutism and Relativism. Edited and Introduced by Paul Knitter, Maryknoll: Orbis, 1999.

Cobb, John B., Jr. and David Ray Griffin. Process Theology. Philadelphia: WestminsterUniversity Press, 1976.

Griffin, David Ray, ed. Deep Religious Pluralism. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.

Smith, Jonathon Z. Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Smith, Wilfred Cantwell. The Meaning and End of Religion. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991. First edition copyrighted 1962.

Townes, Charles H. “The Convergence of Science and Religion.” Think, April 1966. 3 April 2005,

Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Talcott Parsons, trns. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1958.

Feminist Theology/Philosophy

Daly, Mary. Beyond God the Father. Boston: Beacon Press, 1973.

Daly, Mary. Gyn/Ecology: The metaethics of radical feminism. Boston: Beacon Press, 1978.

Jantzen, Grace. Becoming Divine. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1998.
The smartest feminist philosophy of religion book I’ve ever read.  Focusing on the concept of “flourishing” rather than salvation.  MUST READ.

Mysticism Resources

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Sufi Essays. Albany: SUNY Press, 1972.

I want to learn about Hinduism, what should I read?

Anything by Wendy Doniger. She’s remarkably controversial, but considered one of the leading academics on Hinduism.

Buck, William. Ramayana. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976.
My favorite retelling of the Ramayana. Clear, imaginative, descriptive retelling of the Valmiki version.

Buck, William. Mahabharata. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973.

Doniger, Wendy. The Hindus: An Alternative History. New York: Penguin Books, 2009.
I’m still reading this one, but i love it.  Doniger’s thesis is that much of the history of Hinduism has been covered up throughout millenia by the upper caste Brahmins who leave out the history of lowers castes, women, and outside influences to the religion.

If you feel like you absolutely have to read the Bhagavad Gita, chose this translation:
Miller, Barbara Stoler. Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s Council in Time of War. New York: Columbia University Press, 1986.
Miller’s translation is considered the best English translation for good reason.  Her verse is clear, she maintains, from what I can tell, the original meaning of the text without political agenda.


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