A Select Annotated Bibliography -- By: Jonathan Armstrong
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A Select Annotated Bibliography
Bowman, Robert M. Jr. Orthodoxy and Heresy. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992. A good, popular, simple layman’s overview of the issues.
Bromiley, Geoffrey W. Historical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978. Clearly one of the most important such studies made by an evangelical theologian. Bromiley is wide-ranging and always fair.
*Brown, Harold O. J. Heresies: The Image of Christ in the Mirror of Heresy and Orthodoxy from the Apostles to the Present. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1984. Why is Christianity so productive of heresies? Brown believes that the answer is simple: Christians claim to follow a message that is absolutely true. This is a readable, useful and highly recommended single volume work.
*Chesterton, G. K. Orthodoxy. Chesterton, a non-theologian Roman Catholic, provides in this gem, perhaps the finest apologetic for the place of orthodoxy we have in print. A true classic that all evangelicals should read.
Hultgren, Arland J. The Rise of Normative Christianity. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994. Hultgren answers Walter Bauer’s popular thesis in Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity (e.g., that heresy preceded orthodoxy in the development of doctrine in the early Church) by demonstrating that there were diverse trajectories from the beginning and there was a wide stream of “normative Christianity” present in the earliest records of doctrinal dispute.
Hultgren, Arland J. and Steven A. Haggmark. The Earliest Christian Heretics: Readings from Their Opponents. Minneapolis:
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Fortress, 1996. A compendium of well-chosen early Christian writings directed against a wide assortment of heretics (e.g., Marcion, Montanus, and the Adoptionists), especially the Gnostics. This is a genuinely handy resource for leaders.
Leith, John H., editor. Creeds of the Churches: A Reader in Christian Doctrine from the Bible to the Present. Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox, third edition, 1983. Here one finds all the major theological creeds of the historic Christian community. This is a highly useful text and a good introductory tool for serious readers who might also pursue Philip Schaff’s three-volume Creeds of Christendom (Baker).
*McGrath, Alister E. Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1998. Designed as a textbook, the author in fact provides a readable and useful tool for all serious Christians. After a very good introduction, McGra...
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