Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Reading List.

Here's my annual reading list. Bear in mind that most of the histories on here were books on tape. I count them because all are unabridged (I don't listen to things which are abridged) and because I have a very good auditory memory. In fact, if I could listen to everything on tape I probably would, since I retain it better (I have never taken notes in any of my courses- it interferes with my memory of the lectures). This also explains how I get through so much material every year. I'm listen to a history or novel while I read a regular theology book. I also operate with the proviso that any spare moment is a moment when I should be reading. I learned this technique for getting through large amounts of material while writing my M.A. thesis and it has served my intellectual development well.


BTW, I would invite you to add your own list.

1. Atheist Delusions- David Bentley Hart
2. On Christ- Johann Gerhard
3. The History of the Suffering and Death of the Lord Jesus Christ- Johann Gerhard
4. I Buried My Heart At Wounded Knee- Dee Brown
5. The Godless Church of Liberalism- Anne Coulter
6. Slander- Anne Coulter
7. The Complete Timotheus Verinus- Valentine Loescher
8. Evangelical Lutheran Dogmatics, Vol. 1- Adolf Hoenecke
9.Evangelical Lutheran Dogmatics, Vol. 2- Adolf Hoenecke
10.Evangelical Lutheran Dogmatics, Vol. 3- Adolf Hoenecke
11. Evangelical Lutheran Dogmatics, Vol. 4- Adolf Hoenecke
12. The Sentences: Book 1- Peter Lombard
13.The Sentences: Book 2- Peter Lombard
14. The Sentences: Book 3- Peter Lombard
15. The Sentences: Book 4- Peter Lombard
16. Luther and the Beloved Community- Paul Hinlicky
17. Paths Not Taken- Paul Hinlicky
18. The Theology of Martin Luther: Its Historical and Systematic Development, vol. 1- Julius Kostlin
19. The Theology of Martin Luther: Its Historical and Systematic Development, vol. 2- Julius Kostlin
20. The Christian Faith- Werner Elert
21. Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith- Robert Kolb
22. Luther: Right or Wrong?- Harry McSoreley
23. The Dawn of the Reformation- Heiko Oberman
24. The Impact of the Reformation- Heiko Oberman
25. The Two Reformations- Heiko Oberman
26. Luther as Nominalist- Graham White.
27. Creation and Redemption- Regin Prenter
28. A Father Who Keeps His Promises- Scott Hahn
29. Kinship By Covenant: A Canonical Approach to the Fulfillment of God's Saving Promises- Scott Hahn
30. The Historical Reliability of the Old Testament- K. A. Kitchener
31. The Protestant Reformation: The Birth of a Revolution- Steven Ozment
32. Commentary on the Last Words of David- Martin Luther
33. Commentary on Song of Songs- Martin Luther
34. Commentary on Ecclesiastes- Martin Luther
35. Commentary on Genesis, vol. 2- Martin Luther
36. Commentary on Genesis, vol. 3- Martin Luther
37. Commentary on Gensis, vol. 4- Martin Luther
38. The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War- Jim Mann
39. Liberal Fascism- Jonah Goldberg
40. God's Battalions: A Defense of the Crusades- Rodney Stark
41. The Politician: The Rise and Fall of John Edwards- Andrew Young
42. Game Change: The 2008 Election- John Heiliemann
43. 1776- David McCollough
44. The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945- Michael Beschloss
45. The Sociopath Next Door- Martha Stout
46. Luther and Islam: A Study in Sixteenth Century Polemics and Apologetics- Adam Francisco
47. Doctrine is Life: On Scripture- Robert Preus
48. Doctrine is Life: Justification and the Lutheran Confessions- Robert Preus
49. The Principles of Catholic Theology- Joseph Ratzinger
50. Introduction to Christianity- Joseph Ratzinger.
51. The Glory of the Lord: vol. 5- Hans Urs von Balthasar
52. The Glory of the Lord: vol. 6- Hans Urs von Balthasar
53. The Glory of the Lord: vol. 7- Hans Urs von Balthasar
54. The Erlangen Theology- Lowell Green
55. Savage Kingdom: The Establishment of Jamestown- Benjamin Woolley
56. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for God- Francis Collins
57. The Evolution of God- Robert Wright
58. The Faith- Charles Colson
59. Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution- T. J. English
60. Luther and the Scriptures- Michael Reu
61. Hermeneutica Sacra- Johann Konrad Danhauer
62. The Clavis Scripturum- Matthias Flacius
63. A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East- Patrick Tyler
64. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq- Thomas Ricks
65. The Harmony of the Four Evangelists: Vol. 1- Martin Chemnitz, Johann Gerhard, and Polycarp Lesyer.
66. The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot- Russell Kirk
67. The New Testament in His Blood- Burnell Eckhardt
68. The Lost History of Christianity- Philip Jenkins
69. Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement.- Irene Spencer
70. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt- Anne Rice
71. Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana- Anne Rice
72. The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afganistan- Gregory Feifer
73. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War- Nathaniel Philbrick
74. Christ and the Decree: Christology and Predestination in Reformed Theology from Calvin to Perkins- Richard Muller
75. After Calvin: Studies in the Development of a Theological Tradition- Richard Muller
76. God, Creation, and Providence in the Thought of Jacob Arminius- Richard Muller
77. 1968- Mark Kurlansky
78. Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to Questions Everyone is Asking- Darrell Bock.

9 comments:

  1. What on this list would you consider "must reading" for a vicar/seminary student?

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  2. Andy, I don't know that there is necessarily a "must read" list. It depends on what you're interested in regard to your ministry. Some of the better ones and the ones most accessible to seminary students would be the following:

    On Christ- Johann Gerhard
    The History of the Suffering and Death of the Lord Jesus Christ- Johann Gerhard
    Commentary on the Last Words of David- Martin Luther
    The Clavis Scripturum- Matthias Flacius
    Luther and Islam: A Study in Sixteenth Century Polemics and Apologetics- Adam Francisco
    Doctrine is Life: On Scripture- Robert Preus
    Doctrine is Life: Justification and the Lutheran Confessions- Robert Preus
    The Erlangen Theology- Lowell Green
    Luther and the Scriptures- Michael Reu
    The Historical Reliability of the Old Testament- K. A. Kitchener
    Kinship By Covenant: A Canonical Approach to the Fulfillment of God's Saving Promises- Scott Hahn
    Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith- Robert Kolb

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  3. Steven, I thought it was very good. I also enjoyed "Beauty of the Infinite", though there are of course profound theological differences between Hart and myself. Hart I think also should be recommended because he's also simply a good writer. He has fantastic prose.

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  4. Wow! That's a very impressive list.

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  5. Dr Kilcrease - Where do you get audio versions of those history books from?

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  6. The Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids library. They have a good selection. I also listen to a lot of the "Teaching Company" lecture series on various historical topics. Good stuff.

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  7. Dr. Kilcrease - For 2011 (in your spare time) you may consider Stephen Meyer's "Signature In The Cell" - a scientific (non-theistic) approach to DNA and Intelligent Design. (It helps to have a background in biology/chemistry, logic and science properly applied.)

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  8. Dennis-Thanks for the suggestion. I enjoy discussions of ID very much. Happy new year!

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