Book Log

I have a strange interest in academic pedigrees—where scholars went to school, what books were formative in their thinking, and what they are currently reading. This is an incomplete list of what I’ve read over the past few years for those who might have a similar interest. I’ve left off a lot of literature, but included some works that I’ve particularly enjoyed.


  1. Pierre Hadot. Plotinus, or the Simplicity of Vision.
  2. Peter Brown. Augustine of Hippo: A Biography.
  3. Peter van Inwagen. Metaphysics.
  4. Fyodor Dostoevsky. The Brothers Karamazov.
  5. Thomas McCall. An Invitation to Analytic Christian Theology.
  6. J. Kameron Carter. Race: A Theological Account.


  1. John Webster. Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian.
  2. Karl Barth. The Humanity of God.
  3. James K. A. Smith. Who’s Afraid of Relativism: Community, Contingency, and Creaturehood.
  4. Kevin Kruse. One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America.
  5. Karl Barth. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction.
  6. Jonathan Grant. Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age.
  7. Kevin Vanhoozer. Is There a Meaning in this Text?: The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge.
  8. John Frame. A History of Western Philosophy and Theology.
  9. Peter Enns. The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins.
  10. Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.
  11. John Webster. Holiness.
  12. Alister McGrath. T. F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography.
  13. Robert Jenson. A Theology in Outline: Can These Bones Live?
  14. James K. A. Smith. How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor.
  15. Kevin Vanhoozer. “A Person of The Book? Barth on Biblical Authority and Interpretation.” Karl Barth and Evangelical Theology (ed. Sung Wook Chung).
  16. Athanasius. On the Incarnation (trans. by John Behr).
  17. T. F. Torrance. “Predestination in Christ” (The Evangelical Quarterly, Vol. 13.2, April 1941).
  18. T. F. Torrance. “Karl Barth and the Latin Heresy” (Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol. 39, Issue 04, November 1986).
  19. Mark Noll. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity.
  20. Josef Pieper. Leisure: The Basis of Culture.
  21. Dan O. Via and Robert A. J. Gagnon. Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views.
  22. Philip A. Rolnick. Origins: God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos.
  23. Augustine. Confessions.
  24. Kelly Kapic and Bruce McCormack. Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic and Historical Introduction.
  25. Kevin Vanhoozer. First Theology: God, Scripture & Hermeneutics.
  26. Charles Marsh. Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
  27. Bruce Waltke. An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach.
  28. David Foster Wallace. Infinite Jest.
  29. Peter Enns, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament (2nd edition).
  30. D. M. Baillie, God Was in Christ.
  31. Keith D. Stanglin and Thomas H. McCall. Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace.
  32. Roger Olson. Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities.
  33. T.F. Torrance. The Mediation of Christ.
  34. Hans Urs von Balthasar. Mysterium Paschale: The Mystery of Easter.
  35. T.F. Torrance. Incarnation.
  36. James Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree.


  1. Thomas Aquinas, Peter Kreeft. Summa of the Summa.
  2. Eric Metaxas. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.
  3. John Webster. Barth.
  4. R. Michael Allen. Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader.
  5. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Clifford Green, Michael DeJonge. “Letters and Papers from Prison,” The Bonhoeffer Reader.
  6. Geoffrey Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde.
  7. Boethius. The Consolation of Philosophy.
  8. John Marenbon. Boethius. pp. 96-163.
  9. Jacques Derrida. “Structure, Sign, and Play.”
  10. Jacques Derrida. Of Grammatology [excerpt]. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.
  11. Roland Barthes. “The Death of the Author”
  12. Michel Foucault. “What Is An Author?”
  13. Louis Althusser. “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses.”
  14. John Walton. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate.
  15. John Walton. The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate.
  16. R. C. Sproul. What Is Reformed Theology?
  17. John Murray. Redemption: Accomplished and Applied.
  18. Kevin Diller. Theology’s Epistemological Dilemma: How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response.
  19. Alvin Plantinga. Knowledge and Christian Belief.
  20. Jonathan Edwards. The End for Which God Created the World.
  21. Jonathan Edwards. “An Unpublished Essay on the Trinity.”
  22. A. D. Sertillanges. The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods.
  23. Virginia Woolf. To the Lighthouse.
  24. T. S. Eliot. The Wasteland.
  25. E. M. Forrester. A Passage to India.
  26. John Owen, Kelly Kapic, Justin Taylor. Overcoming Sin and Temptation.
  27. James K. A. Smith. Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church.
  28. Mark Noll, Carolyn Nystrom. Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism.
  29. Terry Eagleton. Marxism and Literary Criticism.
  30. W. H. Auden. Selected Poems.
  31. Tim Keller. “Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople.”
  32. Philip Kenneson. Timothy Philips and Dennis Okholm (Editors). “There’s No Such Thing as Objective Truth, and It’s a Good Thing, Too.” Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World.
  33. James K. A. Smith. Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-Secular Theology.
  34. Marilynne Robinson. Gilead.
  35. James Bratt. Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat.
  36. N. T. Wright. Simply Jesus.
  37. Stanley Hauerwas, William Willimon. Resident Aliens.
  38. Alan Jacobs. A Theology Of Reading: The Hermeneutics Of Love.