Systematic Theology: A Select Bibliography


This bibliography only contains some of the texts that I have in my personal library, but all of these volumes have stimulated my thinking. They also represent various theological streams of thought, I have found it helpful to read widely and thus to be enriched by traditions  other than my own. Some of the volumes I will make comments about, others I will not this should not be interpreted as a statement that I prefer the ones I comment on.

Introductory Texts

Stanley J Grenz. Created for Community (Baker , Grand Rapids 1998) Links doctrine to the Christian life and therefore makes an excellent discipleship resource.

Alister McGrath. Christian Theology, An Introduction (Blackwell, Oxford 1994)

Bruce Milne. Know the Truth (IVP, Nottingham 1998)

Guides and Handbook

Colin E Gunton (editor) The Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1997)

Timothy Larsen and Daniel J Treier ( editors) The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology ( Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007)

John Webster,Kathryn Tanner and Iain Torrance (editors) The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007)

One Volume Systematic Theology .

Michael F Bird  Evangelical Theology (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 2013) A gospel shaped theology.

H Ray Dunning Grace,Faith and Holiness  (Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, 1988 ) A Theological statement from one of the leading Nazarene theologians

Thomas N Finger, A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology ( IVP, Downers Grove 2004)

Stanley J Grenz, Theology for the Community of God (Broadman and Holman, 1994) Because of the Trinitarian Shape of his theology, he helpfully locates the doctrine of Scripture in the section dealing with the work of the Holy Spirit.

Larry Hart, Truth Aflame,Theology for the Church in Renewal. (Zondrvan, Grand Rapids,2005)

Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology ( Zondervan , Grand Rapids 2011) A clear exposition of Reformed Theology

Frank D Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit ( Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 2006) A Systematic Theology from a Pentecostal perspective.

Daniel L Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding ( Eerdmans, Grand Rapids 1991)

Kathryn Tanner, Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity. ( T and T clark, Edinburgh 2001) This brief Systematic theology is well worth reading.

J.Rodman Williams, Renewal  Theology; Systematic Theology from a Charismatic perspective. (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1996)

Multi-volume Systematic Theology

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics  (Baker Academic Grand Rapids) These 4 volumes show a depth of knowledge and a deep love of God, I highly recommend the careful study of these volumes.

Donald Bloesch, Christian Foundations (Paternoster Press, Carlisle) These 7 volumes are full of insights, I gained a lot from reading these volumes as they were published.

John M Frame. A Theology of Lordship. (Presbyterian and Reformed, Phillipsburg) 4 volumes of mind stretching theology, The volume on the Christian Life is especially helpful.

Robert Jenson, Systematic Theology. (Oxford University Press, Oxford) Two volumes from a Lutheran and ecumenical perspective.

James Wm McClendon, Systematic Theolgy. (Abingdon Press, Nashville) 3 volumes from a baptistic perspective.

Thomas C Oden, Systematic Theology (Prince Press, Peabody) £ volumes of Theology that draw heavily on the Church Fathers, These volumes gave me a desire to read more of the church fathers.

Related Volumes.

G.C Berkouwer, Studies in Dogmatics, this series of book tackles various doctrines in a helpful way.

Trevor Hart, Faith Thinking (SPCK,London 1995)

Richard Lints, The Fabric of Theology (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1993)

Kevin J Vanhoozer, First Theology (IVP, Downers Grove 2002)

Thomas F Torrance,The Christian Doctrine of God ((Tand T Clark, Edinburgh 1996) not an easy read but well worth the effort also see his book on The Incarnation and on the Atonement

John Webster, Word and Church (Tand T Clark 2001) anything by Webster is worth reading.

The best way to keep up to date in Systematic Theology is to subscribe to the International Journal of Systematic Theology.

About pneumaandlogos

David Rollings was born in Luton in1949 and raised by my Christian parents in the Gospel Standard Strict Baptist denomination( Hyper-Calvinistic} in the sixties I rebelled against this background and got involved in left-wing politics. I became a Christian in 1969 and soon started reading Francis Schaeffer's books and came to embrace a Christian Worldview. I had the privilege of being on the staff of L'Abti Fellowship from1975 - 1979. After L'abri I studied at London School of Theology where I gained my BA.(1983) A few years later I studied for my MA by distance learning with The Nazarene Theological College Manchester (1999) For the last 22 years, I have been an elder of Shoreham-by-Sea Baptist Church. I also regularly attend the Christian Doctrine Study Group of the Tyndale Fellowship.
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