A World of Speculation

Get religion does a great gotcha on a British snob who presumes that people in the Bible Belt don’t read. Read the whole thing; it’s worth it.

But here’s what snagged my interest. They did a seat-of-the-pants survey of the top books ordered from Amazon.com from regions inside and outside the Bible Belt (the Bible Belt readers were doing quite well, thank you), but check this out:

Nashville

1. The Praktikos Chapters on Prayer by Evagrius Ponticus

2. Wisdom of the Celtic Saints by Edward C. Sellner, Susan McLean-Keeney

3. Gregory of Nyssa: The Life of Moses by Abraham Malherbe

4. Athanasius: The Life of Anthony and the Letter To Marcellinus by Robert C Gregg

5. Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller by Marshall Chapman

6. Celtic Spirituality by Oliver Davies, Thomas O’Loughlin

7. Discipline for Life: Getting it Right with Children by Madelyn Swift

8. Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works, edited by G.R. Evans

9. Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises, and Defense, edited by Edmund Colledge, Bernard McGinn

10. The Rule of St. Benedict: In English by Benedict, et al

As someone in the comments asked, “What’s the deal with Nashville?” It looks like the whole town is joining a pre-Schism Church reading group. Maybe the Patriarch of Constantinople should move to Nashville. “American Byzantium” has a nice ring.