Best 5 Historical Theology Books You Should Read First

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1) Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine



Dr. Gregg Allison – Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky – presents Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine.  Unlike many historical theology texts that follow Christian beliefs chronologically, Allison’s book utilizes a topical-chronological arrangement.  Overall, it is a concise, constructive, conversant and courteous introduction to how many major doctrines have become part of today’s systematic theologies.


2) Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought



Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought Freshly, by Alister E. McGrath, is a solid, authoritative introduction to the history of Christian theology.  The book begins at the beginnings of the Patristic period and goes up to contemporary theological trends.  This book is a great resource for those looking for a wholesome picture of the history of Christian Theology.

3) Documents of the Christian Church


Documents of the Christian Church – edited by Henry Bettenson and Chris Maunder – contains a large selection of writings from the most important moments in the history of Christianity.  Considered a classic reference work, it gives insights into 2000 years of Christian theological and political debate.  This book is wonderfully organized by historical period and an easy, understandable read.


4) Theology of the Reformers


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Timothy George – dean of Beeson Divinity School – first published Theology of the Reformers in 1988.  The newest release includes a new chapter and bibliography on reformer William Tyndale, expanded opening and closing chapters, updated bibliographies on each reformer and more.  This is a well-researched, even-handed classic on five of the main players/influences on the Reformation period.


5) History of Theology: Fourth Revised Edition



Author Bengt Hägglund and translator Gene J. Lund present History of Theology: Fourth Revised Edition – a book that traces the movements and counter-movements of theological through the centuries.  This fourth edition was published in 2007 by Concordia Publishing House.






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