My reading list for 2021 is daunting and hopeless but that’s the fate of anyone who dares to read and read at length about history. I’ve spent the better part of the 2020 and now 2021 looking into the history of Christianity, say, with a focus on its first 100 years, then its first 500 years, and lately, its first 1000 years, as it spread west, north, east, and south of Jerusalem eventually becoming a multi-national superpower (empire) for good and, and later, for evil.
Either way, I’ve been reading, a lot. Just to get a grasp on how the self-less, self-sacrificing, redemptive and love-centric teachings of the Incarnate Son of God could lead people to commit such heinous atrocities in the name of Christ, wielding sword and shield with a red cross painted on the front in Holy Wars to reclaim ‘stolen lands’, enslave millions, later shipping them across the Atlantic to keep them in bondage on the basis of racial superiority under the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny.
Stuff like that. I’m figuring that stuff out. Much to read. Much to learn. Much weeping and lamenting to do. Much forgiveness to give and forgiveness to receive. Yada yada.
Anywho, here’s what I have on my non-fiction list for the year 2021. Hope there’s something on it you’ll find interesting enough to pick up and read in your free time.
Let me know if you do or if you have anything you believe I should add to my list. Please, only suggest material you (personally) consider the best of the best.
On History, Christian History, American History and Christianity and Culture:
It’s a lot, but… you’ve got to start somewhere.