Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Reading List.

A shorter list this year (only 61- down from 78 last year).  Several reasons for this.  First, more teaching duties.  Secondly, I completed writing one book and am almost finished with a second.  Lastly, many of these books are considerably longer than my normal reading.  For example, the Charles Hodge systematic theology alone was roughly 2,700 pages long.  I invite all my readers to add their own lists.  I'd be interesting is seeing what you read!

1. The City of God- St. Augustine.
2. On the Church- Johann Gerhard
3. Foundations of Dogmatics, vol. 1- Otto Weber
4. Foundations of Dogmatics, vol. 2- Otto Weber
5. The Shalom Church- Craig Nessan
6. Truman- David Mcculloch
4. The Stripping of the Altars- Eomon Duffy
5. Systematic Theology, vol. 1- Charles Hodge
6. Systematic Theology, vol. 2- Charles Hodge
7. Systematic Theology, vol. 3- Charles Hodge
8. The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology fo Pilgrims on the Way- Micheal Horton
9. Introduction to Christianity- Joseph Ratzinger
10. Foundations of the Christian Faith- Karl Rahner
11. The Glory of the Lord, vol. 7- Hans Urs von Balthasar
12. Theo-Logic, vol. 2- Hans Urs von Balthasar
13. The Federalist Papers- Madison, Hamiliton, Etc.
14. Righteous Indignation- Andrew Breitbart
15. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare- Stephen Greenblatt
16. Oprah: The Unauthorized Biography (yes, I read this)- Kitty Kelly
17. Freud: A Very Short Introduction- Anthony Storr
18. The Bondage of the Will- Martin Luther
19. Victory according to Mark- Mark Horne
20. The Division of Christendom- Hans Hillerbrand
21. Pater Bernardus- Franz Posset
22. The Real Luther- Franz Posset
23. The Roots of Obama's Rage- D'nesh D'souza
24. Divine Complexity: The Rise of Creedal Christianity- Paul Hinlicky
25. Jesus: A Brief History- W. Tatum Barnes
26. Luther for Armchair Theologians- Steven Paulson
27. Lutheran Theology- Steven Paulson.
28. Love Wins- Rob Bell
29. The Case for a Creator- Lee Strobel
30. The Case for the Faith- Lee Strobel
31. How to Read the Bible- James Kugel
32.Reformed Dogmatics as Illustrated from the Sources- Heinrich Heppe
33. The Case for Christianity: St. Justin Martyr's Arguments for Religious Liberty and Judicial Justice- Robert Haddad.
34. A History of Doubt- Jennifer Michael Hecht 
35. Decartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason- Russell Shorto
36. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee- Sarah Silverman.
37. Canon and Creed- Robert W. Jenson
38. No Apologies: The Case for American Greatness- Mitt Romney
39. Introduction to Scholastic Theology- Ulrich Leinsle
40. The Four: A Survey of the Four Gospels- Peter Leithart
41. The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions- Karen Armstrong
42. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith- Jon Krakauer
43. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America- Anne Coulter
44. The King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus- Timothy Keller
45. Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy, and Hope in Western Literature- Peter Leithart
46. Defending Constantine: The Twilight of the Empire and the Dawn of Christianity- Peter Leithart
47. The Freedom of a Christian- Martin Luther
48. The Babylonian Captivity of the Church- Martin Luther
49. Letter to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation- Martin Luther 
50. Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology- Lewis Ayres
51. Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion- Janet Reitman.
52. A Short Systematic Theology- Paul Zahl
53. The Westminster Handbook to Martin Luther- Denis Janz
54. Churchill- Paul Johnson
55. Augustine and the Trinity- Lewis Ayres
56. The Revolution: A Manifesto- Ron Paul
57. Commentary on Luther's Catechisms: The Creed- Albrecht Peters
58. The Interpretation of Dreams- Sigmund Freud
59. The Secret Teachings of Jesus Christ- Brian McLaren
60. Light in Darkness: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of Christ's Descent into Hell- Alyssa Lyra Pitstick
61. Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus' Great Discovery to the War on Terror- Michael Allen and Larry Schweikart

6 comments:

  1. 'Reckless Endangerment' by Gretchen Mortenson
    'The Better Angels of Our Nature' by Steven Pinker
    'Civilization' by Niall Ferguson
    'God Is Not Great' by Christopher Hitchens

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  2. "The Erlangen School of Theology" - Lowell Green
    "The Great Works of God", vol. I and II, Valerius Herberger
    "Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal"
    "The Everlasting Man" - G.K. Chesterton
    "The Quest for Holiness" - Adolph Koeberle
    "The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology" - Mark Mattes
    "Theology the Lutheran Way" - Oswald Bayer
    "Martin Luther's Theology" - Oswald Bayer
    "Living by Faith: Justification and Sanctification" - Oswald Bayer
    "Christ's Church" - Bo Giertz
    "Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets" - Martin Franzmann
    "Examination of the Council of Trent" vol. 3 - Martin Chemnitz
    "Examination of the Council of Trent" vol. 4 - Martin Chemnitz
    "How to Understand the Sacred Scriptures" - Matthias Flacius
    "Adiaphora and Tyranny" - Matthias Flacias
    "Prince, People, and Confession" - Bodo Nischan
    "Johann Sebastian Bach and Liturgical Life in Leipzig" - Guenther Stiller
    "Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism" - Joseph Herl
    "Divine Service - Liturgy in Perspective" - Olof Herrlin
    "Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical" - Frank Senn
    "The Mass" - Adrian Fortescue
    "Architecture for Worship" - E. A. Sovik
    "History of Beauty" - Umberto Eco
    "On Being a Christian" - Henry Hamann
    "For the Life of the World" - Alexander Schmemann
    "Hoc facite: The role of the Words of Institution in the Lutheran understanding and ceelebration of the Lord's Supper in the sixteenth century" - Keith Killinger
    "All Theology is Christology: Essays in Honor of David Scaer"
    "Mysteria Dei: Essays in honor of Kurt Marquart"

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  3. All the writings of Justin Martyr, the Apostolic Fathers, and Irenaeus
    Chrysostom's commentary on the psalms 2 vols
    Ambrose's writings in the Fathers of the church series 4 vols
    Michael Horton-the Christian Faith
    Martin Luther- Commentary on Galatians
    Martin Luther- Career of the Reformer vols 1-2
    NT Wright- Justification
    Richard Muller- Post Reformation Reformed Dogmatics
    Various authors- Justification: Five Views
    Martin Chemnitz- Examination vol 3
    Martin Chemnitz- Lock Theologici vol 1
    Craig Satterlee- Ambrose of Milan's Method of Mystagogical Preaching
    L.G. Patterson- God and History in Early Christian Thought
    H.A. Wolfson- the Philosophy of the Early Church Fathers
    Blake Leyerle- John Chrysostom's Attack on Spiritual Marriage
    T.M. Schoof- a Survey of Catholic Theology 1800-1970
    J.A.T. Robinson- Redating the New Testament
    John Macquarrie- an Existentialist Theology
    Robert Jensen- Systematic Theology vol. 1

    This is what comes immediately to mind but its probably not even close to half of what I have read this year. This is the good part of being in grad school. I have plenty of time to read.

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  4. By the way, what was your opinion of Hodge? He was one of the main reasons I became a Lutheran

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  5. Jordan, I found the discussion of philosophical theology at the beginning quite interesting. Most of the rest of it I found a little dull. He does do a good job defending Luther and justification by faith, but a lot of it is him reacting against philosophical trends that might influence 19th century parishners in New England.

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  6. Not my 2011 reading list, but a look ahead to 2012 (so far):

    God is not one -- Stephen Prothero
    Letters to a young Calvinist -- James K.A. Smith
    The Popes: Histories and Secrets -- Claudio Rendina
    A Readers Greek New Testament (as much as I can get through)
    A Readers Hebrew Old Testament (as much as I can get through)
    The Division of Christendom -- Hans Hillebrand
    The Sermon on the Mount -- David Scaer
    End Times -- Thomas Nass
    The Narrow Lutheran Middle Way -- Daniel Deutschlander
    A Short Introduction to English Grammar with Critical Notes -- Robert Lowth
    The TNIV and the Gender Neutral Bible Controversy -- Grudem/Poythress
    Eats, Shoots and Leaves -- Lynne Truss
    Historians' Fallacies -- David Fischer
    A History of the Medieval Church (500-1500) -- M. Deanesley
    The Eyes of the Dragon -- Stephen King
    The Papacy -- Bernhard Schimmelpfennig
    Not by faith alone -- Robert Sungenis
    Not by Scripture alone -- Robert Sungenis
    The Real Luther -- Franz Posset
    As much Luther as I can

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