Theology Books Part 2

Thanks everybody for the help with finding some theology books. Here is the list so far:

Defending the Faith by Cornelius Van Til

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas

The Mustard Seed by Osho

The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt: The Secret Lineage of the Patriarch Joseph by Ahmed Osman

Introduction to Christianity by Joseph Ratzinger

The Will to Believe by William James

The Will to Doubt by Bertrand Russell

Reason for God by Tim Keller

Van Til’s Apologetic by Greg Bahnsen

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

The Knowledge of Holy and The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Basic Theology by Charles C. Ryrie

Joseph Campbell

Sacred Fragments by Neil Gillman

Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed

Peter Kreeft

Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics

You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible

Introduction to Christianity by Joseph Ratzinger

Jesus of Nazareth volumes 1 and 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

Augustine’s Confessions

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Basic Christianity by John Stott

I’ll be looking at it more carefully over the next little while to decide which ones I’ll be reading. Feel free to give me your input on which ones you found helpful and which ones you didn’t. I’ll be sure to let you know which ones I’m going to read as soon as I decide.


12 responses to “Theology Books Part 2

  • webbzephyr

    I would highly recommend “The Irresistible Revolution” by Shane Claiborne. I have read many theological texts, but this man’s take on Christianity is decidedly original. From protecting a homeless encampment in an abandoned cathedral (to the tune of Tracy Chapman) to working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta (purely because he got her digits, called her up, and she suggested that he join her in her missionary work), Claiborne takes the reader on a wonderfully intriguing journey of conviction and love. Claiborne has a very open writing style which suits his earnest desire to live simply and humbly. He points out hypocrisy without being judgmental and offers the best of himself to his audience (whether that audience be the readers of his book or the world’s poor). Regardless of your particular spiritual, mortal, or ethical convictions, I would suggest giving this unorthodox theological text a read. It is always refreshing to hear of a person who actually practices what they preach.

    “These stories, whether from the streets of Philly or the hospitals of Iraq, are political, social, and spiritual. The issues we will stir up can be volatile and gut-wrenching. But I think there are enough of us so discontented with the old answers and the traditional camps–whether believers or activists, capitalists or socialists, Republicans or Democrats, pacifists or just-warriors–that the risk is worth it. The time has come for a new kind of conversation, a new kind of Christianity, a new kind of revolution.”

    –Shane Claiborne

    (from the closing paragraph of the Introduction to “The Irresistible Revolution”)


  • casierose

    The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel was a good one I just recently read. 🙂


  • Chris Highland

    Sorry to see only the western white male reps here. What of God is Red by Vine Deloria, History of God by KarenArmstrong, James Cone or anything from the most inspiring writers of my seminary study 30 years ago (!)– Latin American liberation theologians like Bonino, Freire, Gutierrez, Boff. Then of course, Hindu, Buddhist and other non Christians! For theology these days, I prefer the down to earth, non supernatural, naturalistic approach of John Burroughs, Carl Sagan and others.


  • hurleyj1

    Crazy Love, by Francis Chan. Not a Fan, by Kyle Idleman.


  • johnspenn

    If you like philosophy, the Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology is a good choice.

    “With the help of in-depth essays from some of the world’s leading philosophers, The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology explores the nature and existence of God through human reason and evidence from the natural world. “


  • caelesti

    Oops- A World Full of Gods plural!


  • caelesti

    If you’re interested in learning about polytheistic/pagan theologies I recommend- A World Full of God by John Michael Greer, Dealing with Deities by Raven Kaldera and Seeking the Mystery by Christina Hoff Kraemer (the 1st I’ve read, the next two I haven’t, but have heard good things about)


  • charles

    I just finished “Reason for God” by Tim Keller. As far as apologetic books go, I found it better than average. His tone seemed reasonable, and he at least tried to see both sides of each issue he dealt with. Not sure if he succeeded.
    I would be very interested in your impressions of that book.

    J.I. Packer’s “Knowing God” seems to be quite representative of what evangelicals believe about God.

    One that is not on your list is John Piper’s “Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist.” I think it has been quite influential in some circles.

    There are two kinds of books you should be looking for… First, books that deal in a scholarly way with what the Bible actually says. Second, books that are very popular in various circles, as those influence what laypeople actually believe nowadays, perhaps more than the Bible.


  • lukelarner

    ‘Reason for God’ by Keller is a good suggestion, and ‘Mere Christianity’ by C S Lewis. Both very approachable. Some of the books in that list are weighty tomes which are going to take a long time to read!


  • existentialtheory

    Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf (on Christian concepts of grace).
    Is Jesus the Only Savior? by James R. Edwards
    The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann (on uniqueness of Christianity)
    My favorite introduction to the NT is by Raymond Brown (its a thousand pages or so, relatively sober and detailed).
    Best technical works on the historical Jesus are:
    John P. Meier’s A Marginal Jew (five-volume series, fifth volume in production), James Dunn’s Jesus Remembered, and The Historical Jesus by J. D. Crossan.


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