I love learning with my earbuds in. On top of all my favorite podcasts I am a bit of an audio book addict. Between doing dishes, sitting in traffic and rocking half-asleep babies with ear infection into the early morning, I can get some serious audio book time in. I just got an email asking me what books they should check out with their new audible subscription and I initially made a list of over 30 but thought I would share 10 sweet ones and ask you, “What’s your favorite audio book?” so I can add to my list.
- The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich. This was Tillich’s greatest hit for a reason. It captures his intellectual brilliance and his sensitivity to the human predicament. If for some reason you have never read it then get this. If you have then I know you know why it’s worth re-reading.
- Evangelical Theology: an Introduction by Karl Barth. What would the 20th century’s greatest theologian sound like lecturing to Americans? Well that’s what this book is made of. The mature Barth, post-war, visiting the US for the first time. Not only is the text written for listening but you it is full of Parthian flare. Even if you aren’t a Barthian it is worth hearing it from the source.
- The History of Christian Theology by Phillip Cary. I couldn’t decide between this one or his class Philosophy and Religion in the West. Either way you should really just get one of them because it will inspire you to get the other. Phillip is a master lecturer with an awesome accent. You would have to work hard not to learn anything.
- Social Ethics in the Making: Interpreting an American Tradition by Gary Dorrien Dorrien is the greatest living theological ethicist and historian of liberal theology. In this amazing audio book you get an inspiring account of the discipline of social ethics and encounters with its many voices from Rauschenbusch to Cone. There is absolutely no reason not to get this audiobook… unless you wanted to get Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology. On top of being the philo-theological story of Christian theology, it is also the text that persuaded me to locate Whitehead much closer to the German Idealist tradition than is commonly acknowledged.
- The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida by Lawrence Cahoone If you are one of those people who want access to single lecture intros to all the names that a theology nerd likes to drop, then this is the class for you. Plus he gives a sweet intro Whitehead.
- A Secular Age by Charles Taylor. Yes it is that giant Taylor text everyone talks about even if they
haven’t read it. Now you don’t have to, you can hear it!
- Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton. Eagleton discusses the state of religion before and after 9/11, the ironies surrounding Western capitalism’s part in spawning not only secularism but also fundamentalism, and the unsatisfactory surrogates for the Almighty invented in the post-Enlightenment era. It also has some hilarious jokes in it.
- Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love by Elizabeth Johnson. I love this book. I love Elizabeth Johnson. If you wanted to know what an ecological-cosmic-Christocentric theology would look or sound like then listen to this book. It’s amazing.
- The Big Questions in Science and Religion by Keith Ward. This book is obviously going to cover the conversation between religion and science but since it is Keith Ward it’s gonna be a clear, articulate and strident argument for a form of evolutionary panentheism.
- The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps by John Caputo. I know most HBC Deacons already have this book and it is underlined all up, but if, perhaps, you haven’t read it completely then you should get Jack’s text in audio format. I’m not demanding you do… I’m insisting in a less dramatic way than God.
If you are new to audio books check out the free one month trial from audible and score two free audible audio books. Personally I have been a gold member since 2010 and love it. On top of getting any audio book or Teaching Company Class each month you get the daily audio version of the New York Times. For the audio addict like myself this is deal not to pass on.