A Select Annotated Bibliography -- By: Jonathan Armstrong
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A Select Annotated Bibliography
Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics, five volumes. G. W. Bromiley and T. F. Torrance, translators. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1975. The most important series of theological volumes written in the twentieth century. Preachers ought to read these volumes even though some conservative evangelicals differ with Barth’s conclusions on Scripture, church and eschatology.
Bloesch, Donald G. A Theology of Word & Spirit. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1992. The first volume in a projected seven-volume series called “Christian Foundations,” this book is a major assessment of the task of Christian theology. Here is serious reflection that will guide thoughtful readers toward a confessional, biblical and mature theology for the twenty-first century.
Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion, two volumes. John T. McNeill, editor. Ford Lewis Battles, translator. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1960. Surely a “must read” for any serous work in biblical evangelical theology. Again and again the reader is stunned by the vital link forged between devotion and theology in these volumes.
Elwell, Walter A., editor. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Second Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001. The very best reference tool of its kind. All church leaders should own and use this book. Very strong in the area of entries on particular theologians, especially on those who lived in the last century.
Ferguson, Sinclair B., David F. Wright, and James I. Packer, editors. New Dictionary of Theology. Downers Grove, Illinois:
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InterVarsity Press, 1988. This is, quite simply, the best concise and authoritative work on the subject of theology. It is international in scope and contemporary in outlook, without surrendering serious evangelical thought at any point.
Gonzales, Justo L. A History of Christian Thought, three volumes. Nashville: Abingdon, 1970, 1971, and 1975. The most readable of all such works in print. Gonzales knows the sources, writes well, and never leaves the reader wondering what the issues were really about.
Hannah, John D. Our Legacy: The History of Christian Doctrine. Colorado Springs, Colorado: NavPress, 2001. Perhaps the finest non-professional survey of the struggles and debates that have led the church to confess faith as it has over the course of twenty centuries. This book is ideally suited for pastors, lay leaders and class study in churches. Highly recommended.
Kelly, J. N. D. Early Christian Doctrines
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