Skip to comments.Other than the Bible, what are the most important Christian texts?
Posted on 04/22/2008 12:08:45 PM PDT by ChurtleDawg
Other than the Holy Bible, what writings should every Christian try to find and read, in your opinion?
For example: The Didache, writings by early Christian apologetics like Justin Matyr, St. Augustine's books, The Nicene Creed, the works of C.S. Lewis, Pope Benedict's book "Jesus of Nazareth", the Dead Sea Scrolls....etc.
These can be any book, writing or article that you think was essential to your understanding of Christianity, theology or to your interpretation of the Bible.
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They play quotes from Chesterton on the Catholic Channel on Sirius radio. I like him alot.
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper-—GK Chesterton
Fantastic List. This is the kind of heavy theological writing that I was looking for.
Crossing The Thresshold Of Hope, Pope John Paul II.
Bondage Of The Will; Luther
The Holiness Of God; Sproul
Anything by Jonathan Edwards
Putting Amazing Back Into Grace; Horton
Modern Reformation; published 6 times a year
Your Best Life Now (just checking to see if anyone is reading this)
I’m trying to gather my nerve to read City Of God by Augustine
Ohhhhh, BB Warfield. But of course!
Don’t let Soliton throw you; Asimov was an anti-Christian bigot and his books (I read many as a teen-ager) reflect his ignorant prejudices against the Bible and Christianity. They are worth reading mainly as a study into the minds of secular humanists.
I have an eclectic mix of suggestions - Chesterton and Lewis, as others have said, are worth reading, and Bunyan’s works (not just PP) are always enjoyable lighter reading. I haven’t ready Randy Alcorn (yet, someone gave me a copy of one of his books recently), but John MacArthur has also written a study on heaven that, as someone mentioned, is a worthy topic of study. For apologetics, look up the works of Jonathan Sarfati, Leonard Brand, Cornelius Van Til and Greg Bahnsen, not to mention Josh McDowell.
Dave Noebel’s work on worldviews (Understand the Times) is another must-read, as are the works of Francis Schaeffer. John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (or better yet, Vol. I and II of Jesus Freaks by DC Talk - seriously) should also be read by Christians generally. And on the subject of persecution, Richard Wurmbrand’s autobiographical book Tortured for Christ is a classic (you might even be able to get it free from Voice of the Martyrs at Persecution.com).
On social issues, Marvin Olasky is a favorite of mine, but I hesitate to recommend more without knowing what your specific interests may be. There is a lot of great Christian literature out there, but it tends not to be found unless you make an effort to look for it (Satan/the world aren’t exactly in the business of promoting God’s perspective, ya know?)
First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians. Written during the apostolic age and read alongside scripture in many local churches prior to Nicea, Clement I explicitly states in its central chapter (44) that the process by which the episcopal college succeeded the apostolic college was established by the apostles themselves.
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I was surprised that that far down in the thread nobody had mentioned him.
The Fathers of the Church in general. I've read so much of them over the years - I've essentially learned my Faith from them.
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A good trick to study St. Augustine for those who want to do so, since he wrote so much, is to start with his Retractions written late in his life. He corrects errors he made in his earlier works, but it also gives you an outline and timeline - by him - of all his earlier writings and how to read and understand them better.
His Civitas Dei is a "civilizational" classic. I think I remember your name as a Protestant and not to scare you, but the current Pope of the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI, has been heavily influenced by St. Augustine "the Doctor of Grace" throughout his theological career.
Just the Bible. No more, no less.
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How about the Gospel of Truth? And throw in ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ for the Protestants. :-)
Im trying to gather my nerve to read City Of God by Augustine
The weight of it is a bit daunting. On the plus side, the dispies don't like it.
Asimov was an anti-Christian bigot and his books (I read many as a teen-ager) reflect his ignorant prejudices against the Bible and Christianity.
Not even a good Jew -- he was an "Ethical Humanist", or somesuch (and, I have read, at the end did not face death well).
Asimov wasn’t so much a bigot as he was an outspoken Atheist.
Thank You! What books outside sacred scripture have influenced you? I mentioned the Eusebius classic b/c it opened my eyes to the unspeakable persecution in the early church. Reading about the courage and perseverance of those early saints made me my heart ache and feel ashamed of how easy I have it. It drives a stake through the heart of the false gospels of greed popular today.
but the current Pope of the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI, has been heavily influenced by St. Augustine "the Doctor of Grace" throughout his theological career.
Everyone (in the West) claims him.
Sad it took 10 replies before this was posted.
“The Christian in Complete Armour” - William Gurnall
A towering masterpiece.
“Im trying to gather my nerve to read City Of God by Augustine”
I just began reading it and have made through 70 pages thus far. Very practical. It washes away any doubt that Augustine was anything but a dedicated Bible beleiver.(He never claimed to be infallibale anyway.)
retract my earlier Retractions to Retractationes.
is there a printed edition somewhere that you can point me to? (In English.)
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Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
I'll research more on what is available in English currently. I know Ignatius Press has several paperback books of at least partial translations of the Fathers.
A quick google search returned me this:
John Flavel - The Fountain of Life Opened Up: A display of Christ in his essential and mediatorial glory.
C. H. Mackintosh - Notes on the Pentateuch
Elisabeth Elliot - Shadow of the Almighty: Life and Testament of Jim Elliot
The two-volume biography of Hudson Taylor by Mrs. Howard Taylor.
A quick google search returned me this:
Which is more expensive that the same item brand new from Amazon. Oy! Was hoping for a cheap copy. Well, it's pretty far down my list, as it is.
I think that any Christian, whether they are Baptist, Orthodox or Catholic, could read Benedict’s “Jesus of Nazareth” and gain great insight from it.
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I am reading that book. It is great!
Here is a link to Banner of Truth Press. They reprint Puritan books.
The most important sacred texts of the Episcopal Church:
1. The United Nations Millenium Development Goals.
2. Bishop John Shelby Spong, “Living in Sin.”
3. Bishop Gene Robinson, “In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God.”
4. The Gospel of Judas.
5. The DaVinci Code
6. Thomas Anthony Harris, “I’m OK, You’re OK.”
7. Richard Bach, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.”
I agree, “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a’Kempis is truly a great work. Fulton Sheen’s books are also worthy of this list.
Tender Warrior by Stew Webber, incredible spiritual growth book for men.
I would recommend Gerald Walsh’s translation of City of God. It is abdriged, but like many writers of the era, they tended to go off on tangents for pages and pages. I didn’t have it in me to handle the whole thing, so the abridged version (still 400 pages) stood in while I was in Iraq and reading it.
***the current Pope of the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI, has been heavily influenced by St. Augustine***
That’s OK. Reformed Christians from Luther, Calvin down to Sproul today are Augustinians.
I have it on my shelf. Read the first few pages and put it up. It’s one of those books that will mean a lot to me in a couple of years, it’s just not foing anything for me right now.
I’m reading Keller’s “The Reason For God” right now. Very good apologetic.
Parts of The Talmud are very interesting.
Probably the best Protestant devotional work ever written are the sermons of Lancelot Andrewes (who was likely the most influential person in determining the style and sensibility of the King James Bible).