Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Top 20 books that have influenced me

A couple of weeks ago, Christianity Today published a list of the Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals. It’s a fascinating list, which reveals a great deal (both good and bad!) about North American evangelicalism.

Anyway, in response I thought I’d try to come up with my own list of the “Top 20 Books That Have Influenced Me Theologically.” The list excludes books from other disciplines (e.g. biblical studies, philosophy – although I’ve made one exception for a book of poems), and it’s limited to one volume per author.

You might like to come up with your own list as well. Here’s mine:

20. G. C. Berkouwer, Holy Scripture
19. Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Theology of Karl Barth
18. David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite
17. Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. 4
16. Hendrikus Berkhof, Christian Faith
15. Hans Küng, The Incarnation of God
14. T. F. Torrance, Theological Science
13. George Lindbeck, The Nature of Doctrine
12. Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God
11. Gerhard Ebeling, The Problem of Historicity
10. Friedrich Schleiermacher, Brief Outline on the Study of Theology
9. George Herbert, The Temple
8. Eberhard Jüngel, God as the Mystery of the World
7. Rudolf Bultmann, Jesus Christ and Mythology
6. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae, Part One
5. Robert W. Jenson, Systematic Theology, Vol. 1
4. Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
3. Augustine, Confessions
2. Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jesus – God and Man
1. Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics II/2

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