Thursday, 10 May 2007

Twelve indispensable books on creation

Here’s a list of 12 indispensable books on the doctrine of creation. It’s not really a balanced list – e.g. there’s nothing here on the New Testament, and I’ve restricted the list to modern works. But in any case, these are some of the books that I’ve found most impressive and most useful. Here they are, in chronological order:

  • Hermann Gunkel, Creation and Chaos in the Primeval Era and the Eschaton (1895; translated 2006)
  • Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics III/1 (1958)
  • Jon Levenson, Creation and the Persistence of Evil: The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence (1988)
  • Henri de Lubac, The Mystery of the Supernatural (1967)
  • Claus Westermann, Creation (1971)
  • T. F. Torrance, Divine and Contingent Order (1981)
  • Jürgen Moltmann, God in Creation (1985)
  • Bernhard Anderson, Creation Versus Chaos: The Reinterpretation of Mythical Symbolism in the Bible (1987)
  • Kathryn Tanner, God and Creation in Christian Theology (1988)
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology, Vol. 2 (1994)
  • Alister McGrath, A Scientific Theology, Vol. 1: Nature (2001)
  • David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite (2003)

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