As I was reading Christian Wiman’s new book My Bright Abyss, I started jotting down the names of poets, theologians, and other writers that he mentioned. My list turned out to be quite extensive—98 names in a 178 page book.
Initially, I suspected that Wiman was drawing heavily, perhaps disproportionately, from contemporary or 20th-century poets. That turned out to be true in some respects, but he also draws from many other eclectic and unexpected sources. One can see from the list a kind of intellectual genealogy for Wiman’s Christian faith.
My stab at a name index can be found here: Wiman index. Feedback and corrections are welcome.
[revised version uploaded October 21, 2013]