We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'd like to take a moment to confess my sins: The comments I posted on From today's Lectionary: "I am the Bread". Mea culpa. (At last, I've found a confessor in the comments section of Maggie's Farm).
Of the five books proffered by Fredricksen I've read only Miles' A Biography of God, it's a sin of omission neglecting the other four. I've read BoG twice and presently have a bookmark a third-of-the-way through. Miles' literary criticism of biblical text shifted the ground beneath my faith in my first reading.
For extra-credit, I've read one of Fredriksen's works...I'm sure I'd get extra-extra-credit if I could remember which one, but time has dimmed my recollection. It may have been From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus.
If there's a work I could recommend as perhaps the sixth best book on sin it would probably be something by Kerouac. Truman Capote famously said of Kerouac's work, "That's not writing, that's typing." Something by Capote would be seventh on my list. I could go on, but it would be a sin.