Readings Suggestions for Students of Theology

I offer this list of readings for those who already know a thing or two about theology, but still don’t quite feel they’ve attained the level of fluency in the discipline they’d like. These readings will help you along in that journey — by both broadening your exposure to the tradition and sharpening your sense of theological judgment.

  • Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, Rev. Ed., (UCalifornia, 2000)
  • Richard Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, (Yale, 1993).
  • Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, 3rd Ed., (Oxford, 2011)
  • David Kelsey, Proving Doctrine: The Uses of Scripture in Modern Theology, (T&T Clark, 1999)
  • Fergus Kerr, After Aquinas: Versions of Thomism, (Blackwell, 2002)
  • Gilbert Meilaender, The Way that Leads There: Augustinian Reflections on the Christian Life, (Eerdmans, 2007)
  • Stephen Mulhall, “Theology and Narrative: the Self, the Novel, the Bible,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 69, No 1, (2011), 29-43.
  • Katherine Sonderegger, “The Identity of Jesus Christ in the Liturgy,” Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Eds., Beverly Gaventa and Richard Hays, (Eerdmans, 2008), 285-300.
  • William Placher, The Domestication of Transcendence: How Modern Thinking about God Went Wrong, (Westminster John Knox, 1996)
  • Kathryn Tanner, God and Creation in Christian Theology, (Fortress, 2004)
  • James Torrance, Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace, (IVP, 1997)
  • Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine and Life: A Systematic Theology, (Oxford, 1984)
  • John Webster, Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch, (Cambridge, 2003)
  • Robert Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God, (Yale, 2005)
  • Rowan Williams, “Postmodern Theology and the Judgment of the World,” Postmodern Theology: Christian Faith in a Pluralist World, Ed. Frederick Burnham, (Harper, 1989), 92-112.
  • Telford Work, Living and Active: Scripture in the Economy of Salvation, (Brazos, 2001)

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