Ideas may have consequences, as Richard Weaver remarked, but people change cultures. For that reason, the Blackstone Legal Fellowship seeks to identify and train leaders who passionately demonstrate Truth. They will Learn, Lead, and Defend all to God’s glory alone.

The Blackstone Legal Fellowship promotes this by providing numerous reading resources. These resources are selected with an eye not toward simply buying books, but rather toward building libraries. As you seek to obey the greatest commandment, loving the Lord your God with your entire mind (Matt 22:37), Alliance Defending Freedom encourages you to cultivate a learner’s attitude.  

It is likely that you may not concur with every assertion contained in every reading; neither does Alliance Defending Freedom. Some materials may even contain assertions that may be construed (or misconstrued) to be unnecessarily sectarian, or even offensive to one’s particular theological or ecclesiastical tradition. No offense and certainly, no proselytizing, is intended. Rather, Alliance Defending Freedom seeks to recover the robust Christendomic theology of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries. This is catholic, universal orthodoxy and it is desperately crucial for cultural renewal.  Christians must strive to build glorious cultural cathedrals, rather than shanty tin sheds.

Suggested Reading List:


America’s Christian History - DeMar, Gary

Sir William Blackstone & the Common Law - Stacey, Robert D. 

Victory of Reason - Stark, Rodney

Vindicating the Founders - West, Thomas G.

What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? - Kennedy, Dr. D. James

Formational Orthodoxy

Confessions - St. Augustine

The Cruelty of Heresy - Allison, C. FitzSimons

Desiring God - Piper, John

Don't Waste Your Life - Piper, John 

How to Manage Your Money - Burkett, Larry

Humility: True Greatness - Mahaney, C.J.

Orthodoxy - Chesterton, G.K.

The Peacemaker (3rd Ed.) - Sande, Ken 

Wanted: Radical Christians - Sandlin, P. Andrew

When I Don't Desire God - Piper, John

Cultural Engagement and Critique 

ACLU vs. America - Sears, Alan & Craig Osten

Architects of the Culture of Death - De Marco, Donald & Benjamin D. Wiker

The Cathedral Builder - Ventrella, Jeffery J. 

Christ and Culture - Niebuhr, H. Richard

The City of God - St. Augustine

The Cube and the Cathedral - Weigel, George

Darwin Day in America - West, John G.

Defending Life: A Moral & Legal Case Against Abortion Choice - Beckwith, Francis J.

The Good of Affluence: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth - Schneider, John R.

The Homosexual Agenda (2nd Ed.) - Sears, Alan & Craig Osten

How to Win the Culture War - Kreeft, Peter

Idols for Destruction - Schlossberg, Herbert

Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World - Roback Morse, Jennifer

Truth and Tolerance - Ratzinger, Joseph Cardinal

Natural Law for Lawyers - Budziszewski, J. 

The Summa of the Summa - Kreeft, Peter

Theology of the Body Explained - West, Christopher

What We Can't Not Know - Budziszewski, J.

Written on the Heart - Budziszewski, J.


Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges - Bork, Robert H.

Originalism: A Quarter Century of Debate - Calabresi, Steven G.

The Heritage Guide to the Constitution - Meese III, Edwin


The Abolition of Man - Lewis, C.S.

Always Ready:  Directions for Defending the Faith - Bahnsen, Greg L.

Apologetics to the Glory of God - Frame, John M.

No Other God: A Response to Open Theism - Frame, John M.

Pushing the Antithesis - Bahnsen, Greg L.

Thinking Straight in a Crooked World - DeMar, Gary

What's So Great About Christianity - D'Souza, Dinesh

Featured Books

The ACLU vs America

by Alan Sears and Craig Osten

Natural Law for Lawyers

by J. Budziszewski