“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, May 18, 2009

Some Great Books

If you are interested, here are some excellent books that I found pertinent when writing this series of posts on the problem of evil, the cross, and God's victory over evil

  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott – “‘I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross…In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?’ With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God’s redemption of the world.”
  • “The Grand Miracle,” chapter 14 of Miracles by C. S. Lewis – on the death and resurrection of Christ
  • Perelandra by C. S. Lewis – a beautiful portrayal of the glory of redemption and God’s victory over evil, and a fascinating perspective on free will and the Fall
  • The last several pages of On Fairy-stories by J. R. R. Tolkien - it is here that he describes "eucatastrophe."
  • The End For Which God Created the World by Jonathan Edwards – argues that God’s ultimate purpose for creation is both the glory of God and the joy of his people, and that these two ends are one.”

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