Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Best Contemporary Theology Meme Update

After arriving at one title per writer these are the 108 titles on the list. If there are any comments that you want to make, you still have on day before I will finalize the list and start the voting. I would especially appreciate it if titles that do not fit the timeframe (1981-2006) are pointed out. Also, I someone notes a title that is missing, it is still possible to add it.

  • James Alison, Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay
  • Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative (1981)
  • Gil Bailie, Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, Theo-Dramatik (completed 1983)
  • Carl Bangs, 'Arminius: A Study in the Dutch Reformation' (1985)
  • Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the eyewitnesses: the Gospels as eyewitness testimony (2006)
  • Oswald Bayer: Living by Faith - Justification and Sanctification
  • Kwame Bediako: Christianity in Africa: The Renewal of Non-Western Religion
  • Stephen B. Bevans, Models of Contextual Theology (2002)
  • Leonardo Clodvis Boff, Introducing Liberation Theology (1986)
  • Marcus Borg, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
  • Ion Bria, Liturgy After the Liturgy
  • Walter Brüggermann, The Prophetic Imagination
  • Benezet Bujo: African Theology in its Social Context
  • D. A. Carson, The Gagging of God
  • William T. Cavanaugh, Torture and Eucharist
  • Louis-Marie Chauvet, Symbol and Sacrament: A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Christian Existence
  • Carol Christ, She Who Changes: Re-Imagining the Divine in the World.
  • James Wm McClendon, Systematic Theology
  • Sarah Coakley, Powers and Submissions: Philosophy, Gender, and Spirituality
  • John Cobb, Christ in a Pluralistic Age
  • James Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation (1981)
  • Catherine Mowry LaCugna, God for Us: The Trinity in Christian Life.
  • Marva Dawn, Reaching Out without Dumbing Down
  • John Dear SJ, Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action
  • Oliver O'Donovan, Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics (1994)
  • Gary Dorrien, The Making of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Relgion 1805-1900
  • Vincent J. Donovan, Christianity Rediscovered
  • Marc H. Ellis, Ending Auschwitz: The Future of Jewish and Christian Life
  • Sallie McFague, The Body of God: An Ecological Theology
  • Douglas Farrow, Ascension and Ecclesia: On the Significance of the Doctrine of the Ascension for Ecclesiology and Christian Cosmology (1999)
  • Gerhard O. Forde, On Being a Theologian of the Cross (1997)
  • Matthew Fox, A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity, 2006.
  • Graeme Goldsworthy, Gospel and Kingdom (1981)
  • Stanley Grenz, Theology for the Community of God, 2000
  • Griffiths, Bede. Return to the Center, 1982.
  • Colin Gunton, The One, The Three, and The Many
  • Vigen Guroian, Ethics After Christendom
  • Gustavo Gutierrez, We Drink From Our Own Wells (1984)
  • Douglas John Hall, The Cross in our Context
  • David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite (2003)
  • Stanley Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer on Christian Ethics
  • Haught, John F. God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution, 2001.
  • J. Daniel Hays, 'From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race' (2003)
  • Richard B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul (1989)
  • Carter Heyward, Touching Our Strength: The Erotic As Power and the Love of God
  • Larry Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ: devotion to Jesus in earliest Christianity (2003)
  • Robert W. Jenson, Systematic Theology, 2 vols. (1997-99)
  • John Paul II, Theology of the Body (1979-1984)
  • Elizabeth Johnson, She Who Is
  • Luke Timothy Johnson, Scripture and Discernment: Decision Making in the Church
  • Serene Jones: Feminist Theory and Christian Theology (2000)
  • Eberhard Jüngel, Justification: The Heart of the Christian Faith
  • Mark Juergensmeyer, Terror in the Mind of God (2003)
  • Walter Kasper, Der Gott Jesu Christi (1982)
  • Emmanuel Katongole: The Future of Africa
  • Hans Küng, Theologie im Aufbruch
  • Harold Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People
  • Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy
  • Robert Letham, The Holy Trinity
  • George A. Lindbeck: The Nature of Doctrine (1984)
  • Jean Marc-Ela: African Cry
  • Jean-Luc Marion, Dieu sans l'être (1982)
  • Johann Baptist Metz, Faith in History and Society
  • John Milbank, Theology and Social Theory (1990)
  • R.W.L. Moberly, Prophecy and Discernment
  • Jurgen Moltmann, The Spirit of Life
  • Richard A. Muller. Post Reformation Dogmatics, Volumes I-IV. 2003
  • Lesslie Newbigin, The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission (1995)
  • John T. Noonan, A Church that Can and Cannot Change (2005)
  • Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus
  • Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (1982)
  • Heiko A. Oberman. The Dawn of the Reformation. 1992.
  • Mercy Amba Oduyoye: Beads and Strands: Reflections of an African Woman
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology, 3 vols. (1988-93)
  • William Placher, The Domestication of the Transcendence, 2000
  • Jeffery Pugh - Entertaining the Triune Mystery: God, Science, and the Space Between
  • Joseph Ratzinger, Werte in Zeiten des Umbruchs: Die Herausforderungen der Zukunft bestehen (2004)
  • Stephen G. Ray, Jr, Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility
  • Rosemary Radford Reuther: Sexism and God-Talk (1983)
  • Peter Rollins, How (Not) to Speak of God
  • Hieromonk Seraphim Rose: The Soul After Death
  • Jonathan Sacks, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations
  • Lamin Sanneh: Translating the Message
  • Edward Schillebeeckx, Pleidooi voor mensen in de kerk. Christelijke identiteit en ambten in de kerk (1985)
  • David L. Schindler, Heart of the World, Center of the Church (1996)
  • Harold Senkbeil, Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness (1994)
  • Joseph Sittler: The Care of the Earth.
  • Stephen Sizer, 'Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon?' (2004)
  • Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy: The Law of God
  • Jon Sobrino, The Principle of Mercy
  • John Stott, The Cross of Christ (1986)
  • Dorothee Sölle, To Work and To Love: A Theology of Creation
  • Kathryn Tanner: Jesus, Humanity, and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology
  • Anthony Thiselton, The First Epistle to the Corinthians: a commentary on the Greek text (2000)
  • T. F. Torrance, The Trinitarian Faith (1985)
  • David Tracy, The analogical imagination: Christian theology and the culture of pluralism (1981)
  • E. Frank Tupper, A Scandalous Providence: The Jesus Story of God's Compassion
  • Kevil Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine
  • J. Danny Weaver, The Non-Violent Atonement
  • Rowan Williams: On Christian Theology
  • Clark Willimanson, Way of Blessing, Way of Life: A Christian Theology
  • Miroslav Wolf : Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation.
  • Telford Work, Living and active: scripture in the economy of salvation (2002)
  • N. T. Wright, Simply Christian
  • John Howard Yoder, Body Politics.
  • Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You, 2004.
  • John D. Zizioulas: Being as Communion


Rev Sam said...

Brueggemann's Prophetic Imagination (which I love and rate extremely highly) was published in 1978, according to my edition - so I think it falls outside...

I also have my doubts about the fairness of including von Balthasar.

Pontificator said...

My I suggest that *Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments* by Brevard Childs be added to the list.

Rev Sam said...

PS you've also not included my nominations, except the Milbank which was also nominated by others...

Rev Sam said...

and for the record they were:
Denys Turner's "The Darkness of God" and Michael Buckley's "At the origin of modern atheism"

Patrik said...

Sam, that was odd, since you were one of the very first to respond. I'll add them, thanks for reminding me. I'll also remove Brueggermann.

Andrew said...

Maybe I missed something, but did we include Moltmann's Crucified God? Or was that published before 1980?

Patrik said...

Yes, Der gekreuzigte Gott was published in 1972.

axegrinder said...


Nothing by B16?


Patrik said...

Check under "R".

Lawrence said...

Sittler’s Care of the Earth was originally published in 1964 so should probably be removed. Miroslav Wolf should, I think, be Volf.

Is it too late to suggest a couple of additions?

Dan Hardy and David Ford, Jubilate: Theology in Praise (1984)

David Ford, Self and Salvation: Being Transformed (1999)

Dan Morehead said...

Mine can be found here.

Macrina said...

I'd also recommended Denys Turner (The Darkness of God) in a comment on an earlier post - which may not have been the correct place to do so.

And also Catherine Pickstock's After Writing. On the liturgical consumation of philosophy.

(Also Johnson's Truly our sister, but thats not too serious as I find She who is more important).

Macrina said...

Oh, and the subtitle of Sarah Coakley's book is spirituality, philosophy and gender and not philosophy, gender and spirituality. I thought that it sounded strange and have just looked it up.

axegrinder said...


I'm so sorry. I thought I looked under B and R. My bad.

BTW, thanks for doing this. It ranks up there w/ Ben Myers's book meme.

All the best,