John Mark Reynolds a professor at Biola University and founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute has offered some suggestions on books for cultural engagement.
I am often asked for a few fairly-easy to read books that would give a traditional Christian insight into how to do cultural analysis or “cultural apologetics” of the sort pioneered by Francis Schaeffer.
Since some of Schaeffer’s heirs are coy about their support for both the traditional Christianity and the culture of life he defended, it falls on the rest of us to give what help we can.
Here is a list that is distinctly “middle brow.” Books that made the list do not require much expertise on the part of the reader before he or she can plunge into learning. In some cases I passed on well known books for more obscure works that a reader might have missed, though some works like Abolition of Man are too important not to include.
“Abolition of Man” (Lewis)
“Descent into Hell” (Williams)
“On Fairy Stories” (Tolkien)
“Closing of the American Mind” (Bloom)
“Christianity and the Nature of Science” (Moreland)
“How Now Should We Live” (Pearcey and Colson)
“Liberty or Equality” (von Kuehnelt-Leddihn)
“The City and Man” (Strauss)
“Heaven the Hearts Deepest Longing” (Kreeft)
“Reason in the Balance” (Johnson)
“For the Life of the World” (Schmemann)
“The Birth of the Modern World” (Johnson)
“A Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy” (Schaeffer)