Reasons to Believe

Ten Historic Christian Theological Texts

Throughout history, these theological books have impacted both the church and the world. I chose these works in order to provide a broad scope of historic Christian thought, although I do not necessarily agree with every point these authors make. But whatever your branch of Christendom or denominational attachment, I do encourage you to consider these books for your theological reflection. In historical order only:

  1. Athanasius, On the Incarnation
  2. Augustine, Confessions
  3. Anselm, Cur Deus Homo
  4. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
  5. Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will
  6. John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
  7. Jonathan Edwards, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  8. John Wesley, A Plain Account of Christian Perfection
  9. Benjamin Warfield, Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
  10. J. I. Packer, Knowing God

(The links to are provided for your convenience and are not meant to endorse any particular version of these books.)

--Kenneth Samples

Subjects: Church Fathers, Historical Theology