An Annotated Bibliography -- By: Anonymous
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An Annotated Bibliography
Augustine. On the Predestination of the Saints. In Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, ed. Philip Schaff, First Series, Vol. 5. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1956 ed. The classic historic treatment of biblical predestination and the sovereignty of God’s grace written by the best-known theologian of the early centuries of the church. A must for serious academic study of grace.
Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics, Vols. I/1; IV/2. The century’s best-known theologian wrote profoundly of the grace of God, but leaves the impression that God’s grace ultimately includes all the race. Not recommended for most lay readers, but important for historical-theological study.
*Boice, James Montgomery. Amazing Grace (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 1993). Sermons from one of our finest expository preachers today. Highly recommended for the average reader who wishes to “get going” with the theme of grace. Deals with all the important sub-themes related to God’s grace.
Bridges, Jerry. Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love (Colorado Springs: Nav Press, 1991). A popular book by a well-known contemporary author. The stress is upon our constant and daily need of grace, not just at conversion.
*Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Ed. John T. McNeill. Trans. Ford Lewis Battles. 2 vols. (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960). Positively the most important theological treatment of grace to come out of the Protestant Reformation and one of the ten most important books in my own library! Though often seen as intimidating to lay readers these volumes can be read with profit by all who will persevere prayerfully. People who respond to the term “Calvinism” pro or con should read Calvin. They will be
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surprised. These volumes are one the church’s historic “gold mines,” both theologically and devotionally.
Chafer, Lewis Sperry. Grace: The Glorious Theme (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1922). Written to popularly counteract attempts to remove the distinguishing feature of the Christian religion—grace. At times brilliant but neither consistently profound nor balanced because of theological presuppositions which color the author’s direction at certain points.
Charnock, Stephen. The Doctrine of Regeneration (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House (1840), reprint 1975). By the author of the famous Existence and Attributes of God, an old book reflecting the Puritan approach to regeneration and conversion. Valuable.
Dabney, Robert L. Lectures in Systematic Theology
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