Last week, we learned a bit more about the man behind Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower. (Well, the author, Tom Krattenmaker. Not Jesus. LOL) I shared some of his other work, and a few interviews, which hopefully placed the book in the broader context of why Krattenmaker, again and again, finds himself turning to the figure of Jesus.
Today, I’d like to widen the horizons of that context even further and offer some extended reading. Perhaps these pieces will bolster the book’s argument for where to find inspiration and input in your own life, perhaps not. Either way, I hope they are illuminating.
I must admit, Krattenmaker’s NOTES section made the process of discovering “further reading” super easy. Most of what follows was pulled from those pages; I selected the ones I felt best broadened the scope of each chapter and linked them for you here…
First, listen to this —
On Being with Krista Tippett – The Equation of Change
For more on contemporary American Religion —
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell
For a deeper dive into exploring the modern world in theological terms —
The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium by Walter Wink
I’d love to know, what do you think about the interpretation of modesty in this article?
Yoga Pants and What the Bible Really Says about Modesty
and here’s another opinion piece the book makes reference to in Chapter 3 —
The Caligulan Thrill
To enter into a conversation with Jesus —
Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus by Matthew Croasmun
For more on questioning the meaning of life —
What Makes Life With Living? Take a Moment to Ask
* QUICK INTERMISSION *
So much to read and take in, amirite? How about a little break in the action for some tunes! Click HERE for my Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower playlist on Spotify. 🙂
For a greater understanding of the “urban age” discussed in Chapter 6–
America’s Urban Future
Some further reading on who we lock up —
The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty
The invisible and forgotten —
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
For more on religion and politics —
God’s Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics by Stephen Carter
and an interview with Jonathan Haidt —
Defusing Political Conflicts
How to approach the resurrection as a nonbeliever —
Easter for Atheists
Some more secular inspiration —
All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly
Ok, that should keep us all busy for a bit. Happy reading!
And, one more time,…here’s the link to the Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower SPOTIFY PLAYLIST. Enjoy!
Stay tuned for Part 4! xoxo
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