Last week we posted a list of The Top 25 Contemporary Writers of Faith. We did so for several reasons, perhaps the most important being that there continue to be articles and essays proclaiming a dearth of contemporary literature that grapples with the age-old religious questions of our Western tradition.
We begged to differ, and we put out what we believed to be a pretty outstanding group of writers to furnish irrefutable evidence.
The response was electric. That web page was shared nearly 6,000 times and several dozen comments were received, including suggestions of a slew of writers people thought should have been included.
So we decided to post a new list—of 50 writers. Most of those we’ve added came from your suggestions, a few from the original survey we took, and a couple sprinkled in from our own editorial list of favorites.
We also felt this expanded version was worth doing because a list like this can serve as a valuable resource—it’s a cracking good reading list.
Looking at all 50, we honestly don’t believe the expanded list has been watered down by the additions—the quality remains, as they say, “world-class.”
Of course, as we noted last time, for all their popularity, lists are inherently flawed. This one is no different. Thank you for being such a vibrant, engaged community. You are the reason why Image flourishes.
The new additions to the list are boldfaced.
Annie Dillard, For the Time Being
Geoffrey Hill, Selected Poems
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies