A handful of folks have asked me to share a recommended reading list made up of books and authors who have shaped my theology. Hopefully, it goes without saying that even though a certain author (or even specific book) has been formational in my own theology and thinking, it doesn’t necessarily follow that I agree with every single thing that author or book espouses.
Some of these books I am in complete or near-complete agreement with. Others, I take an issue or two with, or maintain a bit of disagreement with other elements of the author’s thinking. Even so, these are books I can’t recommend enough.
In the interest of universal appeal, I’ve selected reader-friendly versions of books where academic counterpoints are available (e.g., Boyd’s The Jesus Legend is the academic original to my suggested, more reader-friendly, Lord or Legend?).
I’ve also challenged myself to narrow the list as much as possible in the hopes that it might seem less intimidating. I suppose, if this list lands with anyone, I can follow it up with many sequels.
Apologetics: Why believe in God, Jesus, and the Scriptures?
Further reading: Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics
The World: God, providence, the devil, evil.
Further reading: Against Calvinism
The Blind Spots: Biblical doctrines of resurrection, hell, the State, and military violence.
The Fire That Consumes: A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment, Third Edition
Further reading: The Politics of Jesus,
Rethinking: Overcoming the subversion of Christianity