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


  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

  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"

  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.

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

  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.

  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