Books That Inspire 2001

Dynamics of Faith
Paul Tillich

Each of these books has to be read more than once and with some background to get the most value from them. The first is in my field of igneous petrology: the study of rocks formed from silicate melts. These are the melts of volcanoes and of the insides of the earth. Bowen provided a way of looking at earth processes that still elucidates the world for me. It still commands a respect among today’s petrologists/geologists. The second book is a book from a powerful thinker on religious matters. Tillich’s work is able to rationalize Christian faith at a level appropriate to a university community. His analysis showed me clearly the importance of using one’s intellect in religion.
Charles M. Gilbert
Professor of Geology/Geophysics Geosciences