This series at Between the Times highlights Southeastern faculty members as they share about books which they are enjoying now, books which have shaped them personally, and books they consistently recommend to others.
This week, we interview Dr. Bruce Little.
Dr. Little is Senior Professor of Philosophy and is the Director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
What are some books you are reading right now?
- The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher
- Music, Modernity, and God, Jeremy Begbie
- On the Nature of Man, Roger Scruton
- Amazing Ourselves to Death, Lance Strate
- Materialism, Terry Eagleton
What are some of the books which have had the largest impact on your life, thinking, or teaching?
- How Should We Then Live? Francis A. Schaeffer
- The Abuse of Language and Leisure the Basis of Culture, Joseph Pieper
- Visions of Order and Ideas Have Consequences, Richard Weaver
- Technopoly, Neil Postman
What are some of your favorite works of fiction?
Are there any books which you re-read on a regular basis and why?
Not as a rule—only the ones I use as textbooks. That is to keep the content fresh in my mind.
The only one that I turn the pages occasionally would be The Tapestry by Edith Schaeffer
What are some books which you would recommend to a church member and why?
- Fool’s Talk, Os Guinness. It is most helpful in sharing the Gospel today and it is most readable.
- Making Sense of God, Timothy Keller. Very helpful in speaking Christ into modern man.
- Reclaiming Conversation, Sherry Turkle. It reveals the harmful effects of the misuse (or over use) of media technology on the humanness of humanity. This is important because most Christians simply lack the courage to restrict the use of media technology either in their own lives, or the lives of their children if they have any. This book as well as a number of others reveal that fact that media technology is not morally benign. The book is very readable and is written by someone highly qualified.
What are some books which you would recommend to a seminary student to read beyond what they might encounter in class and why?
I know that my student’s will encounter these books, but just in case others don’t I recommend:
Both of these books do intellectual history on the development of the western mind which is something often lacking in the reading of most Christians. If we do not, however, understand the ideas behind what has been and is happening in the western world, it is most probably we will fail in understanding truly where the conflict lies (to steal a phrase from Alvin Plantinga. That means, any thought of how to move forward with the truth claims of Christ will probably be short-sighted or miss the target altogether crippling the best of intentions. The unfortunate reality about these books is that their analysis only goes through the 1970’s, but at least these two books show the importance of intellectual history.