Archive for June 7th, 2005

Total number of books I own:  Around 1500.  (This does not include my wife’s books).

Last book I bought (for myself):  Really can’t say.  We hardly ever buy new books anymore, but go to used book sales often.  But I’ve been trying to buy fewer books and read more of them and also am running out of space for books.

Last book read:
  Rupert Ederer’s translation of Heinrich Pesch’s Lehrbuch de Nationalokonomie, vol. 4, part 2.  I’m working my way through all ten volumes and have two more to go.

Books I’m reading right now: 

  • Christopher Dawson, Dynamics of World History
  • Thomas Aquinas,  On Being and Essence
  • Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Work and Human Fulfillment (I’m reading this for a book review.)
  • Otto Ogiermann, Biz Zum Letzten Atemzug.  Biography of Msgr. Bernhard Lichtenberg, a Berlin priest killed by the Nazis.  Msrg. Lichtenberg had prayed publicly for Jews and concentration camp prisoners.
  • Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.
  • George Bernanos, Joan, Heretic and Saint.
  • Catechismus Romanus (i.e. Catechism of the Council of Trent).  In Latin
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae.  In Latin.

Books important to me:  Richard Tawney, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism.  I read this in high school and it opened a new world to me, the anti-capitalist critique of Catholicism.

  • Several works by C.S. Lewis, read while in high school, but I really can’t say one was more important than another.  They include The Abolition of Man, Screwtape Letters, That Hideous Strength.
  • Ronald Knox, The Belief of Catholics.  I also read this in high school, and it had a lot to do with forming my basic way of thinking about faith and the evidences for the Catholic faith.
  • Liturgy and Worship – a book whose author or editor I forget, but it gives a high church Anglican outlook on Christianity.  I read it in high school and it helped save me from the "bible only" type of Christianity.
  • Aristotle, Ethics and the New Testament.  I remember realizing when a senior in college, that both Aristotle and the New Testament were saying the same thing (in this regard), We must not simply be good, we must become good.

People I’ve tagged:
  Inez Storck.  Gabriel Storck

Thomas Storck

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