Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Theology books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- 1. Theology: The Basics (2017)
- 2. A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible: Seeing and Knowing God’s Word (2019)
- 3. Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought (2012)
- 4. Christian Theology: An Introduction (2016)
- 5. A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry (2019)
- 6. Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs (2001)
- 7. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body (2006)
- 8. The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology (2019)
- 9. Systematic Theology (2017)
- 10. What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics (2016)
- 11. Theology: The Basic Readings (2018)
- 12. The Theology of the Book of Revelation (New Testament Theology) (1993)
- 13. Teaching from the Heart: Theology and Educational Method by Mary Elizabeth Moore (1991-11-03) ()
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1. Theology: The Basics (2017)
This fourth edition of the international bestseller is the ideal introduction for those who are new to Christian theology. In this revised and expanded edition, the author introduces readers to the central ideas and beliefs, the key debates and the leading thinkers of Christianity. Throughout, the aim is to bring clarity and brevity to the central ideas of theology, both traditional and contemporary. The text comprehensively covers the individual doctrines that form the Christian belief system, weaving together these doctrines, their history, and the…
The deepest truths of the Bible accessible in a way that can be seen, understood, and experienced like never before, combining graphics and text to teach the nature and contents of the Bible in a fresh and exciting way.For a beautiful, approachable, informative presentation of the concepts and principles of Scripture–turn to any page of A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible and be instantly immersed in the visuals and teachings of God’s Word.A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible is not only a wonderful introduction to the Christian life, it is a functioning guide for understanding and living out your faith.You’ll see how the Bible is put…
3. Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought (2012)
Freshly updated for this second edition with considerable new material, this authoritative introduction to the history of Christian theology covers its development from the beginnings of the Patristic period just decades after Jesus’s ministry, through to contemporary theological trends….
4. Christian Theology: An Introduction (2016)
Christian Theology: An Introduction, one of the most internationally-acclaimed Christian theology textbooks in use, has been completely rewritten for the 6th edition. It now features new and extended material and companion resources, ensuring it retains its reputation as the ideal introduction for students. …
5. A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry (2019)
Youth ministry today has fallen on hard times. Many churches continue to employ the same methods that have become entrenched over the last few decades, while others are questioning the need for youth ministry at all. Michael McGarry explores the foundation of youth ministry in the Old and New Testaments and brings that together with Church history in a compelling way. This contemplative and well-researched book provides a careful critique of youth ministry along with practical guidance for those serving in ministry. The author directs the reader toward a new era of youth ministry where parents and intergenerational…
Theology matters! At last it can be understood easily, thanks to this “layman’s language” approach to biblical belief. Authored by J. I. Packer, one of the premier theologians of Christianity, this summary of Christian teaching covers nearly 100 major Christian beliefs from a Reformed perspective. Brief, easy-to-understand chapters offer precise descriptions without sacrificing depth. Thoughtfully arranged and refreshingly readable, this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every Christian….
7. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body (2006)
Internationally renowned Biblical scholar Michael Waldstein offers a new critical translation of Pope John Paul IIs talks on the Theology of the Body, presenting his magnificent vision of the human person with meticulous scholarship and profound insight. A Preface by Cardinal Schönborn, a Foreword by Christopher West, a comprehensive index of words and phrases, a Scriptural index, and a reference table for other versions of the papal texts are included. Recipient of a CPA Award!…
8. The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology (2019)
In 1934, Confessing Christians in Germany declared that support for the Nazi regime violated the basic principles of the Christian faith, thereby creating a status confesionis (confessional situation), requiring a binding doctrinal stance on sociopolitical questions. In this book, the result of a lifetime of engaged religious, philosophical, and critical inquiry, David Ray Griffin declares that with regard to American Empire, the church in America is in a similarly dire situation and must stand up for the integrity of the Gospel. He writes: “Our Christian faith at its best would lead us, both as individual Christians and as churches, to…
9. Systematic Theology (2017)
Professor Berkhof died in 1957, at the age of 83. He was an outstanding American teacher and the author of some 22 books. After two pastorates, he began his long career as professor at Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, in 1906. Here he remained for 38 years, devoting his talents and immense stores of knowledge to the training of men for the ministry. His ‘Systematic Theology’ was his magnum opus, being revised and enlarged during his lifetime until it reached its present final form. Berkhof’s loyalty to the well-defined lines of the Reformed Faith, his concise and compact style and his…
Many have heard of Reformed theology, but may not be certain what it is. Some references to it have been positive, some negative. It appears to be important, and they’d like to know more about it. But they want a full, understandable explanation, not a simplistic one.What Is Reformed Theology? is an accessible introduction to beliefs that have been immensely influential in the evangelical church. In this insightful book, R. C. Sproul walks readers through the foundations of the Reformed doctrine and explains how the Reformed belief is centered on God, based on God’s Word, and committed to faith in Jesus Christ….
11. Theology: The Basic Readings (2018)
This highly successful and popular book is now available in a thoroughly expanded and updated new edition. Alister E. McGrath, one of the world’s leading theologians, provides readers with a concise and balanced introduction to Christianity as it has been interpreted by many of its greatest thinkers and commentators, from its beginning to the modern day. Theology: The Basic Readings, 3rd Edition comprises sixty-eight readings spanning twenty centuries of Christian history. To help readers engage with the material, each reading is…
Richard Bauckham expounds the theology of the Book of Revelation: its understanding of God, Christ and the Spirit, the role of the Church in the world, and the hope of the coming of God’s universal kingdom. Close attention is paid both to the literary form in which the theology is expressed and to the original context to which the book was addressed. Contrary to many misunderstandings of Revelation, it is shown to be one of the masterpieces of early Christian literature, with much to say to the Church today. This study offers a unique account of the theology and message of Revelation….
13. Teaching from the Heart: Theology and Educational Method by Mary Elizabeth Moore (1991-11-03) ()
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The End Is Music: A Companion to Robert W. Jenson’s Theology
Author(s): Chris E. W. Green
ID: 2427403, Publisher: Cascade Books, Year: 25 Sept 2018, Size: 266 Kb, Format: epub
An Introduction to Jewish Theology: Biblical and Rabbinic Concepts on God, the Torah, Life After Death, and More
Author(s): Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez
ID: 2383195, Publisher: Yaron Publishing, Year: 25 Mar 2019, Size: 285 Kb, Format: epub
The Grace of Being Fallible in Philosophy, Theology, and Religion
Author(s): Thomas John Hastings, Knut-Willy Sæther
ID: 2888543, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf
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