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September 08, 2007



I must be doing too much post grad work - I find myself wanting to problematise (to coin a phrase)"theological book."

The answer could be the Bible story books I read as a child - afterall they had some inherent theological understandings within them. It could be the Kingsway (and the like) paperbacks I read over the years or the Corrie ten Boom and Brother Andrew biographies that challenged and inspried my late teens. Or it could the things I read when studying theology. I guess it is in some way all of them, but I suspect you mean the latter, i.e. the stuff that was overtly labelled as theology. In which case there were two that I recall readily - 'Europe, Was it Ever Really Christian' by Anton Wessells which opened my eyes a bit to the extent of inculturation (I had some idea but not enough) in western Christainity. But more significantly David Bosch 'Transforming Mission' which I suspect has profoundly shaped my understanding of minsitry.

Having said that, my very old and very tatty Children's Bible is still on the shelf and still gets looked at now and then...


How do you define a book as "theological", Andy?

fernando A Gros

John Stott's "The Cross of Christ," FF Bruce's "The Canon as Scripture" and Martin Lloyd Jones' multi-volume commentary on Romans are where the journey began for me.

Millard Erickson was the set text in my first year at theological college, but truth be told I spent a lot more time reading Pannenberg, Niebuhr and Gutiérrez.

simon jones

I guess like Catriona, it depends what you mean by 'theological'. As a young Christian I think it's fair to say that my faith was saved by reading Francis Schaeffer - especially He is There and he is not Silent. But the first book i read that opened my eyes to a whole world of possibilities and studies was John Robinson's Redating the New Testament, wonderfully written, cogently argued, provocative, it awakened me to the fact that historians - and I was just completing a history degree - have a vital role to play in charting the shape of the Christian story. i haven't looked back.


James Montgomery Boice's "Christian Foundations" or the books of David Pawson (if that counts as theology?). I think it's fair to say my thinking has changed somewhat since then!

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