I think it's an interesting (and tough) task to come up with a short list of the books or papers that have been most important to you. I'm always interested in what people are reading and think is important. In order to keep this list around a dozen what helped me was to look for books in my bookshelves that never seem to end up in the overflow stacks. The following are some books that have been important to me:
- Systematic Theology, Vol. 1, Paul Tillich
- Stages of Thought, Michael Horace Barnes
- The Courage to Be, Paul Tillich
- A Different Universe, Robert Laughlin
- The Writings of William James, William James, John J. McDermott
- The Shape of Ancient Thought, Thomas McEvilley
- In the Presence of Mystery, Michael Horace Barnes
- Darwin's Black Box, Michael Behe
- Descartes' Error, Antonio Damasio
- In Whom We Live and Move and Have our Being, Philip Clayton
- The Tacit Mode, Michael Polanyi's Postmodern Philosophy, Jerry Gill
- The History of Religious Ideas, Mircea Eliade
- Philosophers speak of God, Charles Hartshorne, William Reese
Anyone else care to share their list?
P.S. I could have also included various religious scriptures but decided to focus on non-scriptural works.