Books we’ve read

Here are the books we’ve already read in our Systematic Theology Project.

 


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Patristics Era: 33 to 590 AD

Medieval Era: 590 to 1417 AD

Reformation Era: 1417 to 1648 AD

Modern Era: 1648 to 1962 AD

Post-Modern Era: 1962 to today


 

PATRISTICS ERA

(33 to 590 AD)

The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthi­ans

By Clement I of Rome (97 AD)

The Didache

By the Shepherd of Hermas

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

by Athanasius of Alexandria

On the Holy Spirit

By Basil the Great

The Rule of Saint Benedict

By Benedict of Nursia

Confessions

By Augustine of Hippo

First Council of Nicaea

In 325 AD

First Council of Constantinople

In 381 AD

The Council of Ephesus

In 431 AD

The Council of Chalcedon

In 451 AD

Second Council of Constantinople

In 553 AD

 

MEDIEVAL ERA

(590 to 1417 AD)

The Divine Comedy

By Dante Alighieri

Revelations of Divine Love

By Julian of Norwich

On Loving God

By Bernard of Clairvaux

Proslogion

By Anselm of Canterbury

Cur Deus Homo

By Anselm of Canterbury

Third Council of Constantinople

In 680/681 AD

Second Council of Nicaea

In 787 AD

Fourth Council of Constantinople

In 869-870 AD

Second Council of the Lateran

In 1139 AD

First Council of Lyon

In 1245 AD

 

REFORMATION ERA

(1417 to 1648 AD)

On Learned Ignorance

By Nicholas of Cusa

The Ninety-Five Theses

By Dr. Martin Luther

The Smalcald Articles

By Dr. Martin Luther

Commentary on Galatians

By Dr. Martin Luther

The 404 Theses

By Johann Eck

The Council of Trent

The Spiritual Exercises

By Ignatius of Loyola

The Interior Castle

By Teresa of Ávila

The Dark Night

By John of the Cross

The Living Flame of Love

By John of the Cross

The Life of Teresa of Jesus

By Teresa of Ávila

Imitation of Christ

By Thomas a Kempis

 

MODERN ERA

(1648 to 1962 AD)

The Practice of the Presence of God

By Brother Lawrence

The Philokalia

The Way of a Pilgrim

The Story of a Soul

By Thérèse of Lisieux

Lectures on Justification

Chapters 1 to 3

By John Henry Newman

First Vatican Council

Orthodoxy

By G. K. Chesterton

The Problem of Pain

By C. S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters

By C. S. Lewis

Rerum Novarum

By Leo XIII

A Concise History of the Catholic Church

Chapters 25 and 26

By Thomas Bokenkotter

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Lead, Kindly Light

God’s Grandeur

Windover

Pied Beauty

The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

By Thomas Merton

Mere Christianity

by C. S. Lewis

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Writings Selected by Ursula King

A Testament of Devotion

By Thomas Raymond Kelly

A Concise History of the Catholic Church

Chapter 33

By Thomas Bokenkotter

Homanisation

By Karl Rahner

Second Vatican Council

Dei Verbum — Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation

Dignitatis Humanae — Declaration on Religious Freedom

Gaudium et Spes — Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World

Lumen Gentium — Dogmatic Constitution on the Church

Nostra Aetate — Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions

Sacrosanctum Concilium — Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Unitatis Redintegratio — Decree on Ecumenism

 

POST-MODERN ERA

(1962 to today)

A Concise History of the Catholic Church

Chapter 34

By Thomas Bokenkotter

Fides et ratio

By John Paul II

Verbum Domini

By Benedict XVI

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

Meaning of Tradition

By Yves Congar

Living Buddha, Living Christ

By Thich Nhat Hahn

Job’s Dark Night

By Todd Van Natta

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church

By Bryan Massingale

Interior Freedom

By Jacques Philippe

Return of the Prodigal Son

By Henri J. M. Nouwen

 

PHILOSOPHY

The Apology of Socrates

Discourse on the Method

By René Descartes

 

OVERVIEW

A History of Christian Thought

By Paul Tillich

A Concise History of the Catholic Church

By Thomas Bokenkotter

Videos by N. T. Wright

  • Simply Jesus
  • Putting the Gospels Back Together
  • How God became King
  • Sacraments and New Creation

Catholicism DVDs

By Robert Barron

Paths to Holiness

By Robert Barron

 

 


 

NOTES

Summer 2008

The Interior Castle by Teresa of Ávila

Job’s Dark Night by Todd Van Natta

The Living Flame of Love by John of the Cross

2008-2009

The New Testament

Summer 2009

Paths to Holiness by Robert Barron

2009-2010

A History of Christian Thought by Paul Tillich

A Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas Bokenkotter, second half

Summer 2010

A Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas Bokenkotter, first half

2010-2011

Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

Fides et ratio by John Paul II

Verbum Domini by Benedict XVI

Summer 2011

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

2011-2012

Catholicism DVDs by Robert Barron, Episodes 1-5 and Study Guide

Summer 2012

The Way of a Pilgrim

2012-2013

Catholicism DVDs by Robert Barron, Episodes 6-10 and Study Guide

Summer 2013

The Story of a Soul by Teresa of Lisieux

2013-2014

The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthi­ans by Clement I of Rome (97 AD)

The Didache by the Shepherd of Hermas

First Council of Nicaea (325 AD)

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers by Athanasius of Alexandria

On the Holy Spirit by Basil the Great

First Council of Constantinople (381)

The Council of Ephesus (431)

The Rule of Saint Benedict by Benedict of Nursia

The Council of Chalcedon (451)

Second Council of Constantinople (553)

Summer 2014

N. T. Wright videos: Simply Jesus, and Putting the Gospels Back Together, and How God became King, and Sacraments and New Creation

2014-2015

Third Council of Constantinople (680/681)

Second Council of Nicaea (787)

Fourth Council of Constantinople (869-870)

Proslogion by Anselm of Canterbury

Second Council of the Lateran (1139)

On Loving God by Bernard of Clairvaux

First Council of Lyon (1245)

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

Summer 2015

The Apology of Socrates

2015-2016

Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

On Learned Ignorance by Nicholas of Cusa

The Ninety-Five Theses by Dr. Martin Luther

The 404 Theses by Johann Eck

The Spiritual Exercises by Ignatius of Loyola

The Smalcald Articles by Dr. Martin Luther

The Council of Trent

The Life of Teresa of Jesus by Teresa of Ávila

Summer 2016

The Philokalia

2016-2017

The Life of Teresa of Jesus by Teresa of Ávila

Commentary on Galatians by Dr. Martin Luther

Summer 2017

Cur Deus Homo by Anselm of Canterbury

2017-2018

A Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas Bokenkotter, selections

A History of Christian Thought by Paul Tillich, selections

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Discourse on the Method by René Descartes

John Henry Newman, selections

First Vatican Council

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

Summer 2018

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

2018-2019

Rerum Novarum by Leo XIII

A Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas Bokenkotter, chapters 25 and 26

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Lead, Kindly LightGod’s GrandeurWindover, and Pied Beauty

The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation by Thomas Merton

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Writings Selected by Ursula King

2019-2020

A Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas Bokenkotter, chapters 33 and 34

Yves Congar, Meaning of Tradition

John Henry Newman, Lectures on Justification:

  1. Faith considered as the Instrumental Cause of Justification
  2. Love considered as the Formal Cause of Justification
  3. Primary Sense of the Term “Justification”

Thomas Raymond Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

Thich Nhat Hahn: Living Buddha, Living Christ

Second Vatican Council:

  • Dei Verbum — Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
  • Lumen Gentium — Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
  • Nostra Aetate — Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions

Summer 2020

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

 

2020 – 2021

Dignitatis Humanae — Declaration on Religious Freedom

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan Massingale

Interior Freedom by Jacques Philippe

Gaudium et Spes — Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World

Homanisation by Karl Rahner

Sacrosanctum Concilium — Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Unitatis Redintegratio — Decree on Ecumenism

Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J. M. Nouwen

 

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