Summer Reading

Somehow I saw a bundle of summer reading suggestions including that of Albert Mohler, who must like to read about war. I will recommend another kind of ten (or more) summer reading books, this one about theologians.

What are you reading?

Paul C. Gutjahr, Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy.

James Brabazon, Albert Schweitzer: A Biography.

Louise W. Knight, Jane Addams: Spirit in Action.

Konrad Hammann, Rudolf Bultmann: A Biography.

Eberhard Busch, Karl Barth: His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts.

James D. Bratt, Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat.

F.W. Dillistone, CH Dodd.

Elizabeth Moltmann-Wendel, Autobiography.

John D’Elia, A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America.

J. Moltmann, A Broad Place: An Autobiography.

Richard Wrightman Fox, Reinhold Niebuhr: A Biography (with a New Introduction).

Carl E. Braaten, Because of Christ: Memoirs of a Lutheran Pastor-Theologian.

Douglas John Hall, Bound and Free: A Theologian’s Journey.

James Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree.

Carl F.H. Henry, Confessions of a Theologian.


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  • steve taylor

    So many men. If you’re teaching courses on women and ministry Scot, how on earth to write (and right) that imbalance.

  • scotmcknight

    Steve, noticed by all of us, I suppose. There aren’t that many biographies or autobiographies by about or by theologians, to be begin with and the number of women theologians who are sufficiently old to have such a thing written even less… I do also have one about Elizabeth Achtemeier.

  • RJS4DQ

    There is one woman on the list … of course the link is missing, but only because it is the only book I couldn’t find. (Don’t blame Scot for that.)

  • scotmcknight

    Make that two.. Jane Addams and Elizabeth Moltmann-Wendel.

  • RJS4DQ

    Ah … yes, of course.

  • Josh Steele

    Glad it wasn’t just me who noticed Mohler’s war-bent reading list! 😉

  • KentonS

    I’m reading actual theology at the moment: “Compassion of Apocalypse?: A Comprehensible Guide to the Thought of Rene Girard” by James Warren on the recommendation of Brian McLaren. Brian said that this was the first book that really made Girard accessible. It’s still a little dense for the average lay person, but I do feel like I’m (sorta) “getting it.” I’m still not half way through and I’m hosting a book discussion on it in just over a week.9 (Anyone in Dallas interested?)

  • Hauerwas’s memoirs (Hannah’s Child) is a delightful read.

  • Luke Allison

    Interesting little observation about Mohler’s list. Something I’ve noticed frequently from my more conservative Christian friends is how fascinated they are (I think strangely thrilled) by war, and really violence of all kinds. Just so long as it’s “historical” violence.

    Another trend in his list is the whole “the Natives were just as bad as the whites” style of writing on Geronimo and Cochise.

    Anyway, here’s what I’m reading:
    Richard Tarnas: The Passion of the Western Mind
    Steven Erikson: Reaper’s Gale
    Paul Fiddes: The Creative Suffering of God (this is about as fun as a root canal, but some interesting ideas)
    John V. Taylor: Enough is Enough
    Toyohiko Kagawa: Meditations on the Cross

  • akevangel

    If my son was reading as many war books as Albert Mohler, I think I would rightly be concerned.I like war history myself but his list surprises me: Is he planning to take over the World?.
    My own selection are William Still volume 2 Studies in the Christian Life.
    Martyn Lloyd Jones: Sermon on the Mount. J.S.Stewart : life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Thomas Oden:Classical Christianity.Thomas Boston :The Art of Man Fishing: and The God I don’t Understand by Chris Wright.

  • Richard Harstone

    “A Passion For Christ” ~ T.F. Torrance, James B. Torrance and David Torrance

    “Movements of Grace – The Dynamic Christo-realism of Barth, Bonhoeffer and the Torrances” ~ Jeff McSwain

    “The Fingerprints of God” ~ Robert Farrar Capon

    “On The Incarnation” ~ Saint Athanasius