What do you read when studying religion (and nonreligion)?

Many people seem to think that I am a bit of a paradox as far as religion is concerned. Maybe this is true, maybe this isn’t. But I thought it would be amusing to share photographs of the bookshelf immediately above my desk – this should give you an idea of the sort of things that I read, or am meant to be reading at the moment. Of course, there are hundreds of journal articles and library books… but these  I actually ‘own’ myself. What do you think? Have you read any? Am I missing any classics? Answers on a postcard…



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About Chris

Scholar of religion/nonreligion... PhD Student (Lancaster University), blogger, singer, actor, thinker... Northern Irish living in Scotland. Co-founder of The Religious Studies Project. Director at the NSRN. Baritone masquerading as a tenor. Vegetarian for no particular reason.

4 responses to “What do you read when studying religion (and nonreligion)?”

  1. Chris says :

    What a pity I can’t ‘like’ comments :)

  2. Michael Hampson says :

    I know it’s made to be easily accessible, but there’s a lot of evangelical reference work there. As a valuable supplement – and uniquely authoritative – I’d recommend the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church. Then rather than using the index to look up all the things you know you’ll object to, just start at the beginning and read the first 20 pages or so. Once you’ve got over the sexist language (which one Cardinal Ratzinger insisted on) you’ll find that the world’s only detailed and authoritative account of mainstream Christianity reveals a Christianity that is not remotely like that presented by its distractors (or, often, its adherents…)

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