Twelve books out of 15,000
Over the past ten years an estimated 15,000 new religious books have been published. The liberal Protestant weekly Christian Century asked 89 of its scholarly reviewers which titles from the 1970s "most deserve to survive." Last week it offered their top-of-the-decade choices in order of votes received:
A Religious History of the American People by Sydney E. Ahlstrom (Yale, 1972). From the Puritans to the present, this book is a Lutheran historian's lucid, thorough survey of the progress of faith in a religiously complex nation.
On Being a Christian by Hans Küng (Doubleday, 1976)....