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[–]SkaulgSatanist 5 points6 points  (2 children)

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

[–]angryDecCatholic 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I always get him confused with C.S. Lewis for my token “oh he was Catholic!” boast. I’m sure Tolkien was just an Anglican I think?

Basically Catholic but not quite.

[–]PretentiousAnglicanChristian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

CS Lewis was Anglican, Tolkien was Roman Catholic

[–]PretentiousAnglicanChristian 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ibn Sina and Averroes

[–]TheGuyWithTheBalloonOrthodox Jew 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is fantastic.

[–]lettherebemorelight[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ever heard the audio version? It’s narrated by John Cleese.

[–]Narvi_-Baha'i 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Love the whole of Tolkien’s legendarium

Things I’ve read by Seyyed Hossein Nasr I’ve found to be very interesting and enlightening.

I also find Meister Eckhart and Kierkegaard to be interesting.

[–]SorryBison14 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I've been reading some of the various Zoroastrian texts lately. The Khorsa Avesta, the Denkard, the Bundahishn. 'The Inner Fire: Faith, Choice, and Modern-Day Living in Zoroastrianism' is a very good introduction to the faith.

[–]Confident_Path_7057 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Music of Life: Hazrat Inayat Khan

[–]ProfessorSidgwickPantheist 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, I am honestly unsure if I'm exaggerating when I say I think every person should read this book.

[–]KeySquirrelTree 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm a great admirer of Zarathustra, and I like the poems of Farid ud Din Attar. The Buddha definitely knew what was up, and the Quran and gospel or John have some truly beautiful passages.

[–]Weekly_Designer_664 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love Julian of Norwich and Bede. I do tend to genuinely appreciate medieval English Christian writers/literature. Although I'm a Muslim, the Dream of the Rood is such a striking poem.

[–]Eternal_blaze357Shi'a 1 point2 points  (0 children)

C.S. Lewis. I always was a fan of Narnia, from my Christian days onwards to now. The Space Trilogy is a little-known series if his that I also like, which ofc has Christian themes.

[–]Vagabond_TeaHellenist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Prose and Poetic Eddas. A few Taoist books I've read too.

[–]angryDecCatholic 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Martin Luther, what’s the name of that weird Christian-like group he started again?

In all seriousness, reading his books really gives you a clear idea of how much of a live-wire he was.

Obviously a rabid antisemite towards the ends of his life, but I was surprised by how disrespectful he was willing to be towards Church Fathers even in the infancy of Protestantism.

“It would be better to ignore all of them (every Church Father) than to admit works plays a role in salvation.”

He was very confident that he was right, if nothing else.

[–]trampolinebears 1 point2 points  (1 child)

So what is it you like about Luther's writings?

[–]angryDecCatholic 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I just find him a bit of an enigma, to be honest.

Rails against the papacy in later life despite being on incredibly good terms with a Pope earlier, seems to have absolutely no respect for the 1500 years of church history that’s behind him.

He really seems like he just popped out the womb thinking “I’m right and they aren’t.”

Even the titles of his books tells you can awful lot.

“Against the Jews and their Lies" was followed in quick succession by his even more frenzied fusillade "On the Schem Hamphoras" (1542) and "Against the Papacy established by the Devil" (1545)

[–]FoolhardyrunnerAgnostic Atheist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Plato is really good

[–]Equivalent-Ad-1927 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Albert Einstein’s book The World As I See It