Reading and Reviews

This page is a central repository for book reviews that I’ve made or found. Books without links don’t have reviews yet, but I plan to review them (no promises).  Books marked with an asterisk are those that I found especially helpful, stimulating, or significant at the time I read them.

‎”I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.” ~ Sydney Smith

A Fine-Tuned Universe by Alister McGrath

A History of Fundamentalism by George Dollar

A Rabbi Talks with Jesus by Jacob Neusner

*A Secular Age by Charles Taylor

*A Surgical Temptation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Circumcision in Britain by Robert Darby

Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President by Allen Guelzo

*Act and Being by Colin Gunton

After Virtue by Alisdair MacIntyre

Against Heresies by Irenaeus

Against Praxeas by Tertullian

*America’s God by Mark Noll

Aquinas, Calvin, and Contemporary Protestant Thought by Arvin Vos

Arius: Heresy and Tradition by Rowan Williams

*At the Origins of Modern Atheism by Michael Buckley

Augustine by Henry Chadwick

Augustine and the Jews by Paula Fredriksen

*Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown

Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives by Peter Bouteneff

Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church by Manlio Simonetti

Candide by Voltaire

*Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick

Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen

*Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism by Philip Benedict

Circumcision: A History of the World’s Most Controversial Surgery by David Gollaher

Cur Deus Homo by Anselm

From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun

Golden Mouth: The Story of John Chrysostom by J.N.D. Kelly

Historians of the Christian Tradition by Bauman and Klauber

Historical Theology by Jaroslav Pelikan

How the Idea of Religious Toleration Came to the West by Perez Zagorin

Jesus by Marcus Borg

John Calvin and the Will by Dewey Hoitenga

Less Than Conquerors by Douglas Frank

Liberalism Without Illusions by Christopher Evans

Marked in Your Flesh by Leonard Glick

*Nicaea and its Legacy by Lewis Ayres

On First Principles by Origen

On Modesty by Tertullian

On Not Three Gods by Gregory of Nyssa

On the Flesh of Christ by Tertullian

On the Holy Spirit by Basil of Caesarea

On the Unity of the Church by Cyprian

Open Friendship in a Closed Society by Peter Slade

*Orations against the Arians by Athanasius

*Origen by Henri Crouzel

Original Sin: A Cultural History by Alan Jacobs

Passage to Modernity by Louis Dupre

*Passion and Paradise by J. Warren Smith

Petrarch and St. Augustine by Alexander Lee

Reading for Life by Margaret Miles

Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics by Stephen Grabill

*Regnum Caelorum by Charles Hill

Tertullian, First Theologian of the West by Eric Osborn

*The Beauty of the Infinite by David Bentley Hart

The Bondage and Liberation of the Will by John Calvin

The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll

The Council of Chalcedon by R. V. Sellers

The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design by Ronald Numbers

The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest

The Discarded Image by C. S. Lewis

The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition by Jaroslav Pelikan

*The Enlightenment: An Interpretation, 2 vols. by Peter Gay

The Federal Theology of Thomas Boston by A.T.B. McGowan

*The Marrow of Modern Divinity by Edward Fisher (notes Thomas Boston)

*The Promise of the Future by Cornelis Venema

The Providence of God by Paul Helm

The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology by Michael Sudduth

The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God by R. P. C. Hanson

The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

*The Spirit of Early Christian Thought by Robert Wilken

*The Temple and the Church’s Mission by G. K. Beale

The Trinity by Gillis Emery

The Uses of Scripture in Recent Theology by David Kelsey

The Victory of Reason by Rodney Stark

The Way to Nicaea by John Behr

*Thomas Boston as Preacher of the Fourfold State by Philip Ryken

Union with Christ: In Scripture, History, and Theology by Robert Letham 

War Against the Idols by Carlos Eire

We Become What We Worship by G. K. Beale

Published on March 19, 2010 at 9:56 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. Charles! I’ve read a couple of these posts cuz you had them linked on facebook but just now in this moment realized that these are, in fact, written by you. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts & appreciate you having a list of books up like this. Basically- I’m impressed. Keep it going. -Kel

  2. my, my! You have read many, many books – and I don’t recognize any of them!
    I’m currently in the middle of reading several books, and have several others on my “to read” list and another massave amount on my “wish list” for the future! :]
    Thank you for sharing this list – several look like very interesting reads.
    God Bless.
    ~ Heather Joy

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