Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Religious Ethics. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Authoritarian Moment: How the Left Weaponized America's Institutions Against Dissent

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

How far are Americans willing to go to force each other to fall in line? According to the establishment media, the intelligentsia, and our political chattering class, the greatest threat to American freedom lies in right-wing authoritarianism. We’ve heard that some 75 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump represent the rise of American fascism; that conservatives have allowed authoritarianism to bloom in their midst, creating a grave danger for the republic. But what if the true authoritarian threat to America doesn’t come from the political right, but from the supposedly anti-fascist left? There are certainly totalitarians on the political right. But statistically, they represent a fringe movement with little institutional clout. The authoritarian left, meanwhile, is ascendant in nearly every area of American life. A small number of leftists - college-educated, coastal, and uncompromising - have not just taken over the Democratic Party but our corporations, our universities, our scientific establishment, our cultural institutions. And they have used their newfound power to silence their opposition. The authoritarian left is aggressively insistent that everyone must conform to its values, demanding submission and conformity. The dogmatic left is obsessed with putting people in categories and changing human nature. Everyone who opposes it must be destroyed.  Ben Shapiro looks at everything from pop culture to the Frankfurt school, social media to the founding fathers, to explain the origins of our turn to tyranny, and why so many seem blind to it. More than a catalog of bad actors and intemperate acts, The Authoritarian Moment lays bare the intolerance and rigidity creeping into all American ideology - and prescribes the solution to ending the authoritarianism that threatens our future. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Ben Shapiro
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Specific Topics, Human Rights


2. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

“Carl Trueman explains modernity to the church, with depth, clarity, and force. The significance of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self . . . is hard to overstate.” —Rod Dreher , from the Foreword Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends—yet no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self. In this timely book, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. Trueman surveys the past, brings clarity to the present, and gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture in humanity’s ever-changing quest for identity.

  • Author: Carl R. Trueman
  • Publisher: Crossway (November 10, 2020)
  • Genre: History, World
  • ISBN: 978-1433556333
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.38 x 9 inches


3. How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

A growing number of Americans want to tear down what it’s taken us 250 years to build—and they’ll start by canceling our shared history, ideals, and culture. Traditional areas of civic agreement are vanishing. We can’t agree on what makes America special. We can’t even agree that America is special. We’re coming to the point that we can’t even agree what the word America itself means. “Disintegrationists” say we’re stronger together, but their assault on America’s history, philosophy, and culture will only tear us apart. Who are the disintegrationists? From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States to the New York Times’ 1619 project, many modern analyses view American history through the lens of competing oppressions, a racist and corrupt experiment from the very beginning. They see American philosophy as a lie – beautiful words pasted over a thoroughly rotted system. They see America’s culture of rights as a façade that merely reinforces traditional hierarchies of power, instead of being the only culture that guarantees freedom for individuals. Disintegrationist attacks on the values that built our nation are insidious because they replace each foundational belief, from the rights to free speech and self-defense to the importance of marriage and faith communities, with nothing more than an increased reliance on the government.  This twisted disintegrationist vision replaces the traditional “unionist” understanding that all Americans are united in a shared striving toward the perfection of universal ideals. How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps shows that to be a cohesive nation we have to uphold foundational truths about ourselves, our history, and reality itself—to be unionists instead of disintegrationists. Shapiro offers a vital warning that if we don’t recover these shared truths, our future—our union —as a great country is threatened with destruction.

  • Author: Ben Shapiro
  • Publisher: Broadside Books (July 21, 2020)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0063001879
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.97 x 9 inches


4. Winning the Battle for Your Soul: Jesus’ Teachings through Marino Restrepo: A St. Paul for Our Times

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

Has your sense of security been shattered amidst the chaos of our current times? Winning the Battle for Your Soul will help you find solid ground and clarity of purpose. Internationally renowned author, María Vallejo-Nájera, writes in her foreword, “This book is an authentic jewel of God!” Archbishop-Emeritus Ramón C. Argüelles also notes the book's greatness: "I most willingly say, this book should be widely disseminated, all for God's glory!" Why does this little book promise so much? Because it contains some of the most extraordinary teachings that Jesus has given to the world--jewels from heaven that will profoundly alter and inform the way you see your ancestry, your past, your purpose, your future, and your very salvation. These teachings have come to us through Marino Restrepo, hailed as one of the greatest evangelizers of our time. Formerly a wealthy Hollywood film producer steeped in serious sin and the New Age movement, he was abducted for ransom by Colombian guerilla rebels and held captive in the Amazon jungle for nearly half a year. At the beginning of his torturous kidnapping, he underwent a mystical conversion. In the span of one night, Marino was given a complete illumination of his conscience, which revealed to him the sinful state of his soul. He then endured an experience likening to his own particular judgement, and his sentence was hell. After painfully accepting Jesus' hand of mercy, Marino received an extraordinary signal grace of infused knowledge of divine matters. With a contrite and renewed heart, he was then called to share with the world the profound knowledge and understanding that God had given him . Today, Marino is a Catholic lay missionary who has been preaching the Gospel message around the globe since 1999. With the full support of his bishop, he is the founder of the Church-approved foundation, Pilgrims of Love. Author María Vallejo-Nágera adds, "Our brother, Marino, can teach us a great deal. Through him, Jesus wishes to open our eyes to many essential spiritual realities and the unseen battle that surrounds us. . . My advice is that you now begin this prize of a book with the heart of a child, with a humble soul, and prepare yourself in prayer to receive some of the most amazing secrets of our God." Marino Restrepo’s incomparable story can be found in the #1 best-selling book: The Warning: Testimonies and Prophecies of the Illumination of Conscience.

  • Author: Christine Watkins
  • Publisher: Queen of Peace Media (September 16, 2020)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Catholicism
  • ISBN: 978-1947701137
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches


5. Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth: 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

God does not suggest, he commands that we do justice. Social justice is not optional for the Christian. All injustice affects others, so talking about justice that isn't social is like talking about water that isn't wet or a square with no right angles. But the Bible's call to seek justice is not a call to superficial, kneejerk activism. We are not merely commanded to execute justice, but to "truly execute justice." The God who commands us to seek justice is the same God who commands us to "test everything" and "hold fast to what is good." Drawing from a diverse range of theologians, sociologists, artists, and activists, Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth , by Thaddeus Williams, makes the case that we must be discerning if we are to "truly execute justice" as Scripture commands. Not everything called "social justice" today is compatible with a biblical vision of a better world. The Bible offers hopeful and distinctive answers to deep questions of worship, community, salvation, and knowledge that ought to mark a uniquely Christian pursuit of justice. Topics addressed include: Racism Sexuality Socialism Culture War Abortion Tribalism Critical Theory Identity Politics Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth also brings in unique voices to talk about their experiences with these various social justice issues, including: Michelle-Lee Barnwall Suresh Budhaprithi Eddie Byun Freddie Cardoza Becket Cook Bella Danusiar Monique Duson Ojo Okeye Edwin Ramirez Samuel Sey Neil Shenvi Walt Sobchak In Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth , Thaddeus Williams transcends our religious and political tribalism and challenges readers to discover what the Bible and the example of Jesus have to teach us about justice. He presents a compelling vision of justice for all God's image-bearers that offers hopeful answers to life's biggest questions.

  • Author: Thaddeus J. Williams
  • Publisher: Zondervan Academic (December 22, 2020)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches


6. The Problem of Pain

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

In The Problem of Pain , C.S. Lewis, one of the most renowned Christian authors and thinkers, examines a universally applicable question within the human condition: “If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?” With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C.S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature.

  • Author: C. S. Lewis
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-0060652968
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches


7. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Newly Expanded Paperback Edition)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

A Holocaust survivor's surprising and thought-provoking study of forgiveness, justice, compassion, and human responsibility, featuring contributions from the Dalai Lama, Harry Wu, Cynthia Ozick, Primo Levi, and more. While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS. Haunted by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess to--and obtain absolution from--a Jew. Faced with the choice between compassion and justice, silence and truth, Wiesenthal said nothing.  But even years after the way had ended, he wondered: Had he done the right thing? What would you have done in his place? In this important book, fifty-three distinguished men and women respond to Wiesenthal's questions. They are theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, Holocaust survivors, and victims of attempted genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, China and Tibet. Their responses, as varied as their experiences of the world, remind us that Wiesenthal's questions are not limited to events of the past.

  • Author: Simon Wiesenthal
  • Publisher: Schocken; 2nd Revised and Expanded ed. edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Genre: History, World
  • ISBN: 978-0805210606
  • Dimensions: 5.14 x 0.62 x 7.9 inches


8. 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

You don't have to be a computer scientist to get involved in the discussion about where artificial intelligence and technology are going. What will the year 2084 hold for you--for your friends, for your family, and for our society? Are we doomed to the grim dystopia imagined in George Orwell’s 1984 ? In 2084 , scientist and philosopher John Lennox will introduce you to a kaleidoscope of ideas: the key developments in technological enhancement, bioengineering, and, in particular, artificial intelligence. You will discover the current capacity of AI, its advantages and disadvantages, the facts and the fiction, as well as potential future implications. The questions posed by AI are open to all of us. And they demand answers. A book that is written to challenge all readers, no matter your worldview, 2084 shows how the Christian worldview, properly understood, can provide evidence-based, credible answers that will bring you real hope for the future of humanity.

  • Author: John C. Lennox
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Computers & Technology


9. Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

"Kwon and Thompson's eloquent reasoning will help Christians broaden their understanding of the contemporary conversation over reparations."-- Publishers Weekly "A thoughtful approach to a vital topic."-- Library Journal Christians are awakening to the legacy of racism in America like never before. While public conversations regarding the realities of racial division and inequalities have surged in recent years, so has the public outcry to work toward the long-awaited healing of these wounds. But American Christianity, with its tendency to view the ministry of reconciliation as its sole response to racial injustice, and its isolation from those who labor most diligently to address these things, is underequipped to offer solutions. Because of this, the church needs a new perspective on its responsibility for the deep racial brokenness at the heart of American culture and on what it can do to repair that brokenness. This book makes a compelling historical and theological case for the church's obligation to provide reparations for the oppression of African Americans. Duke Kwon and Gregory Thompson articulate the church's responsibility for its promotion and preservation of white supremacy throughout history, investigate the Bible's call to repair our racial brokenness, and offer a vision for the work of reparation at the local level. They lead readers toward a moral imagination that views reparations as a long-overdue and necessary step in our collective journey toward healing and wholeness.

  • Author: Duke L. Kwon
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (April 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-1587434501
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.1 inches


10. Meditations

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Religious Ethics - August 2021

A new, pocket-sized edition of Marcus Aurelius's classic handbook for life . Meditations is a collection of the thoughts of Roman Emeror and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius -- with practical and insightful advice for dealing with success and failure, and challenges of any kind.  This edition is based on the classic Meric Casaubon translation. This  pocket-sized   edition is meant to be convenient to carry -- the size of a thin mass market paperback, it can easily fit in your breast-pocket or purse, backpack or briefcase -- but with font size large enough to be read easily and marked-up and underlined by students of any age.

  • Author: Marcus Aurelius
  • Publisher: Independently published (October 8, 2020)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Religious Studies
  • ISBN: 979-8695040111
  • Dimensions: 4.37 x 0.28 x 7 inches