Re: Who is Your Pastor Reading?
From STR's Blog.
A recent Barna survey reveals the books and authors that have most influenced today's pastors. The survey finds a qualitatively different list of books than Stand to Reason’s recommended reading list.
My Response: a couple of points...
a) The article stated that this was "the list of books that pastors say have influenced them the most in the past three years." I believe it would be fair to say many (not all) of the books that are in your recommending reading were not published in the last three years. This is a major point you are disregarding.
b) That said it is also more likely that since many of those books were published a while ago, many of these pastors may have read those books a number of years ago, and while they influence their worldviews, they don’t come to mind right off the top of their heads.
c) Frankly, while I value many of the books you recommend, few of them have really influenced me one way or another, or had a tremendous impact. This isn't due to fact that they weren't useful, just that more then often they codified a belief or knowledge I already had, and didn't really affect my day to day life, but rather lend to my worldview.
d) You assertion that these books "Qualitatively" differ from the books on STR’s list is completely off --- how do you come about this judgment? Nearly all the book on your list are Apologetic books, nothing wrong with that ---- I love them, and have read many of them. I wouldn't be surprised many of those pastors surveyed have read them too --- however I don't expect these books to have "influenced them the most." A Pastors job is not the same as STR's job --- while it is important for Pastors to have a solid understanding of apologetics, reason, and history --- this is not, and should not be their primary concern.
e) Conversely had these Pastors mentioned a number of the books on your list as recently influencing them --- I'd actually be scared --- the subject of the books you recommend shouldn’t be a surprise, or change their lives --- they should already know this stuff!