A friend recently asked me for the reading list I used for one of my classes at Regent College. Since this blog has been a little short on theology, I’ll post that list here.
This was a guided study class taught by Loren Wilkinson. The year I was there Professor Wilkinson happend to be skipping a year in his usual rotation of teaching “Understanding Creation,” but he graciously consented to teaching it as a small group guided study option for a few of us. The format ended up more like a seminar class rather than a first-year graduate lecture course, which was great. We first read through For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care by Stephen Bouma-Prediger. Then each of us chose a research area and presented our work to the class. I focused on developing a theology of food. Here’s my reading list for that paper (I cited several other works, but these were the main books I read through completely for the course):
Brueggemann, Walter. The Land: Place As Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith, 2d ed.
Capon, Robert Farrar. The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection.
Jung, L. Shannon. Food for Life:The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating.
Schut, Michael (ed.). Food & Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread.
A few other great titles I would throw into the mix for anyone wanting resources on environmental stewardship from a theological viewpoint:
McKibben, Bill. Pretty much anything he’s written, but especially The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation.
Berry, Wendell. Again, pretty much anything he’s written (including his fiction and poetry), but especially:
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture This is by far his densest, meatiest book. If you need something a little less scholarly (but certainly no less significant), check out the titles below.