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The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics by Elaine Pagels. A dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition.

In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins by Elisabeth Fiorenza. This brilliant scholarly treatise succeeds in bringing to our consciousness women who played an important role in the origins of Christianity.

What We See When We Read (Vintage Original) by Peter Mendelsund http://www.amazon.com/dp/0804171637/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_5Kb6tb0N9Q7SQ

The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault. Shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield, http://www.amazon.com/dp/159240779X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_h58Mrb1YT9Z1Z

Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson http://www.amazon.com/dp/1608196151/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_BVb6tb1FA786B

The Birth of Christianity : Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus by John Dominic. Reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus'; death; shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose.

The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Leo Tolstoy. The Kingdom of God Is Within You is the non-fiction magnum opus of Leo Tolstoy and was initially banned in his home country of Russia. It is the culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's Christian thinking, and lays out a new organization for society based on a literal Christian interpretation of the Bible. Here Tolstoy introduces the world to the concept of Christian non-violent resistance. A classic in modern Christian and Western thinking.

To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians: Rebecca Todd Peters, Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty (2013 APTS MidWinters Currie Lecturer)

Christian Mystics by Matthew Fox. As Matthew Fox notes, when an aging Albert Einstein was asked if he had any regrets, he replied, “I wish I had read more of the mystics earlier in my life.” The 365 writings in Christian Mystics represent a wide-ranging sampling of these readings for modern-day seekers of all faiths — or no faith.

Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals by John BuehrensA thoughtful, warm, and witty introduction Understanding the Bible is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

The Sins of the Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love by John Shelby Spong This book helped me immensely in my efforts to understand the differences between how I was raised to believe, my experiences in the real world, and the contradictions in Christian teachings no one seemed to ever explain to me.