Archive for the 'Reading' Category

Over the holidays I was at my father-in-law’s house and we were talking about the new “one God” books that had just been released. As we spoke it became clear that it was hard to keep them all straight (since there are now so many). As a result of this conversation I decided to put together a list of books that specifically address the idea of Christian monotheism. Perhaps this post will be of help to those looking to research this topic in the future. Let me know if I missed any. (These books are ordered alphabetically by the author’s last name)

In Church History class I had to read Jerome’s twenty-second letter written to Eustochium (a wealthy Christian living in Rome). Most of the letter contains practical advice on how to remain celibate even while living within society. In this letter, which is very long, he relates an incredible story about his own life.

He had been really struggling to prefer the Scriptures over secular literature. He had a vision in which God condemned him as a follower of Cicero rather than of Christ. This scared Jerome straight and he never read worldly books again. (However, other early Christians, such as Augustine, believed that secular books could be read so long as one exercised discernment.) Here is Jerome’s first-hand account. I wonder what you make of it.