There are many important theological works written in the 20th century. Sometimes they have been influential, sometimes they have not. Here you will find what I believe to be the top ten works of theology in the 20th century, based upon either their influence or the value I see they should have for the future of theology. All of these works I believe have something of value and are worth studying, although some I will agree with less (sometimes far less) than others.
- 10. Henri de Lubac, Catholicism.
- 9. Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology.
- 8. Gustavo Gutierrez, A Theology of Liberation.
- 7. Sergius Bulgakov, Bride of the Lamb.
- 6. Karl Rahner, The Trinity.
- 5. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship.
- 4. Pavel Florensky, Pillar and Ground of the Truth.
- 3. Hans Urs von Balthasar, Theo-Drama.
- 2. Henri de Lubac, Mystery of the Supernatural.
- 1. Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics.
The ranking of works here should not be seen as an indication of which works are my favorite. Rather, I tried to combine both the influence and the value of the works, and use that to indicate their ranking on this list. For this reason, some of my favorites are actually higher up on this list.
If you were to make your own list, what would be on it, and how would you rank the works?