Three of these books are for my Christology class:
1. “The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism” by Robert Barron. Disclaimer: It’s quite dense and academic, and therefore better suited for those with a strong philosophical and theological background.
2. “The Christological Controversy” by Richard A. Norris. This is a collection of writings by various Church Fathers on the development of orthodox Christology. The Church Fathers are certainly not the easiest thinkers to read.
3. “Early Christian Doctrines” by J.ND. Kelly. A fantastic outline of the development of Christian thought. Explores religious and philosophical influences prior to Christ and summarizes Church teaching from the Apostolic Era to the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD. Very valuable book.
Now onto the recent pleasure reads:
4. “Ride the Tiger” by Julius Evola. This is one of the Baron’s major works. To ride the tiger is to 1) recognize the futility of actively resisting modern organizations and institutions that can’t possibly allow man to fully “realize himself” and 2) seek spiritual meaning in the principles of Tradition.
5. “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” by Gary Taubes. I wrote in edition two of Evan’s Recent Reads that I had read Taubes’s “The Case Against Sugar.” I liked it and felt his other, earlier books were worth exploring. “Why We Get Fat” implicates carbs—namely refined carbs, starch, sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup. An astounding statistic he provides as well: an extra twenty calories a day, without extra physical activity, can lead to fifty extra pounds of fat in twenty years. So when you start to feel even slightly full, stop eating.
6. “Kaiser Wilhelm II: Germany’s Last Emperor” by John Van der Kiste. I read 100 pages, thumbed through the rest, and set it down. Plenty of great information, but I found it a dry read. It’s written like a textbook, which is fine for histories of nations, though not for biographies.
7. “Collected Short Stories: Volume 3” by Louis L’Amour. I’m not one of those people who can read only non-fiction and serious literature. L’Amour is an amazing (and voluminous!) storyteller. He’s worth your time.