Friday, 8 February 2008

Essential digitised texts for theologians

A publisher recently got in touch with me with a query about creating a digitised library of key theological texts. If you could have a digitised collection of about 30 key theological works (multi-volume works are fine), which books would you choose? (This can include historical theology, practical theology, etc – but no biblical studies, commentaries, etc).

Anyway, here’s a rough list of some of my suggestions – please add your own ideas as well, and I’ll pass all this on to the publisher. Thanks!

  • Philip Schaff, Creeds of Christendom (3 vols)
  • J. N. D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines
  • Adolf von Harnack, History of Dogma (7 vols)
  • Jaroslav Pelikan, The Christian Tradition (5 vols)
  • Augustine, Works
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae
  • Calvin, Institutes
  • Heinrich Heppe, Reformed Dogmatics
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher, The Christian Faith
  • Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics (new edition, 14 vols)
  • Otto Weber, Foundations of Dogmatics (2 vols)
  • Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God
  • Hendrikus Berkhof, Christian Faith
  • Eberhard Jüngel, God as the Mystery of the World
  • David Tracy, Blessed Rage for Order
  • George Lindbeck, The Nature of Doctrine
  • Hans Frei, Theology and Narrative: Selected Essays
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, Trilogy (15 vols): Glory of the Lord, Theo-Drama, Theo-Logic
  • John Milbank, Theology and Social Theory
  • Vladimir Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology (3 vols)
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Stanley Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom
  • Rowan Williams, On Christian Theology
  • David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite
  • Robert Jenson, Systematic Theology (2 vols)
  • Kathryn Tanner, Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity
  • John Webster, Confessing God
  • Bruce McCormack, Orthodox and Modern (forthcoming)


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