My 3 Books (or The Post Where I Steal Ideas from The Theology Studio)

My 3 Books (or The Post Where I Steal Ideas from The Theology Studio) December 10, 2013

David Russell Mosley

Second Week of Advent

10 December 2013

On the Edge of Elfland

Beeston, Nottinghamshire

Dear Friends and Family,

Over at The Theology Studio, run by excellent gents Tony Baker and Scott Bader-Saye, they have a virtual bookshelf of books that have most influenced the writing and thought of the theologians they interview. While I certainly do not even remotely put myself in the same category as the women and men they interview, I nevertheless thought it would an interesting exercise to try to determine what books have most influenced me in my theology (since I’ve not published multiple books or journal articles yet I thought more appropriate to talk about what has more generally influenced my theology). Without further ado, then, here are my three books:

242803

This book served both as my introduction into patristic theology and my introduction into deification. While Cassian himself never uses the language of deification, it was reading Cassian that led me to the Cappadocians, Augustine, Athanasius, etc. Without this book, and Cassian’s understanding of grace, I probably would not be doing my PhD on deification.

1879783

While I admittedly do very little philosophical theology in my PhD, John’s work in TST on the secular confirmed much for me as well as taught a whole new way of talking about society, secularity, and theology.

3306190

I’m cheating a bit here, but really Tolkien’s work on sub-creation, the purpose and place of fairy stories, and his practice of sub-creation in The Silmarillion have significantly influenced how I think about humanity’s role in the cosmos. Without this article and this book I wouldn’t be doing the work on poetry, faerie, and fantasy I’m doing in some side projects and in my PhD.

Next week, I’ll probably do a runners-up list. What about you? What books have most influenced your thinking/theology? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Sincerely yours,

David Russell Mosley

"https://uploads.disquscdn.c..."

What Brought Me to the Catholic ..."
"maybe this could help someone ... I did it a lothttps://bit.ly/2Vq9xoD"

Farewell from the Edge of Elfland: ..."
"Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts! Farewell!"

Farewell from the Edge of Elfland: ..."
"Sorry to hear that, David. Thanks for all the great and insightful writing, and best ..."

Farewell from the Edge of Elfland: ..."

Browse Our Archives