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Other than the Bible, what are the most important Christian texts?
4-22-08 | vanity

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.


TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: bible; scripture; theology; tradition
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To: wideawake
All excellent choices, wideawake.

you are not far from the Kingdom of God!

51 posted on 04/22/2008 1:12:33 PM PDT by CWW (Make the most of the loss, and regroup for 2008!!)
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To: ChurtleDawg

In The Beginning Was Information, by Dr Werner Gitt


52 posted on 04/22/2008 1:16:18 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: ChurtleDawg; newgeezer

The Dictionary.


53 posted on 04/22/2008 1:19:11 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (WELL I SPEAK LOUD, AND I CARRY A BIGGER STICK, AND I USE IT TOO!)
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To: TotusTuus

By your tagline I see you are probably an Eastern Christian, like my mother.

Voistinu Voskrese!

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


54 posted on 04/22/2008 1:21:52 PM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: wideawake

Fantastic List. This is the kind of heavy theological writing that I was looking for.


55 posted on 04/22/2008 1:22:57 PM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: ChurtleDawg

Crossing The Thresshold Of Hope, Pope John Paul II.


56 posted on 04/22/2008 1:30:22 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: ChurtleDawg

Bondage Of The Will; Luther
Confessions; Augustine
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


57 posted on 04/22/2008 1:42:11 PM PDT by Gamecock ("I find your lack of faith-disturbing" Darth Vader)
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To: Lee N. Field

Ohhhhh, BB Warfield. But of course!


58 posted on 04/22/2008 1:44:37 PM PDT by Gamecock ("I find your lack of faith-disturbing" Darth Vader)
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To: ChurtleDawg

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?)

God bless,
Eric


59 posted on 04/22/2008 1:47:31 PM PDT by Liberty1970
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To: ChurtleDawg

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.


60 posted on 04/22/2008 1:51:50 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: ChurtleDawg
Byzantine Rite Catholic of the Ruthenians in the Eparchy of Van Nuys.

Indeed, He has Risen!

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.

61 posted on 04/22/2008 1:55:12 PM PDT by TotusTuus (Christos Voskrese!)
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To: Gamecock
I’m trying to gather my nerve to read City Of God by Augustine

Take a shot of whiskey and go for it!

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.

62 posted on 04/22/2008 2:09:33 PM PDT by TotusTuus (Christos Voskrese!)
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To: ChurtleDawg

Just the Bible. No more, no less.


63 posted on 04/22/2008 2:12:48 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (No better friend, no worse enemy)
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To: TotusTuus
Retractationes.
64 posted on 04/22/2008 2:15:41 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: ChurtleDawg; All

CALVIN COLLEGE COMPLETE LIBRARY:

http://www.ccel.org/index/author-A.html


65 posted on 04/22/2008 2:15:48 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: ChurtleDawg

Ping to read later


66 posted on 04/22/2008 2:16:56 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" -- Galatians 4:16)
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To: Augustinian monk

FIRST SMILE TODAY!

BLESS YOU!


67 posted on 04/22/2008 2:18:20 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: eastsider
I retract my earlier Retractions to Retractationes.


68 posted on 04/22/2008 2:24:46 PM PDT by TotusTuus (Christos Voskrese!)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
Just the Bible. No more, no less.

Not to be flippant, but you are here reading FR...

69 posted on 04/22/2008 2:26:15 PM PDT by TotusTuus (Christos Voskrese!)
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To: ChurtleDawg
We joined the Baptist church a few years back and as far as I can tell, their sacred texts are:

1. The Bible
2. Roberts Rules of Order

70 posted on 04/22/2008 2:29:49 PM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: wideawake

How about the Gospel of Truth? And throw in ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ for the Protestants. :-)


71 posted on 04/22/2008 2:39:10 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Gamecock
I’m 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.

72 posted on 04/22/2008 2:39:14 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Q1) What is your only comfort in life and death? A)That I am not my own ....)
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To: Liberty1970
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).

73 posted on 04/22/2008 2:44:00 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Q1) What is your only comfort in life and death? A)That I am not my own ....)
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To: Liberty1970

Asimov wasn’t so much a bigot as he was an outspoken Atheist.


74 posted on 04/22/2008 2:44:45 PM PDT by Borges
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To: alpha-8-25-02

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.


75 posted on 04/22/2008 2:44:53 PM PDT by Augustinian monk (Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin - Romans 4:8)
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To: TotusTuus
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.

76 posted on 04/22/2008 2:45:21 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Q1) What is your only comfort in life and death? A)That I am not my own ....)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Summa Theologica

Sad it took 10 replies before this was posted.

77 posted on 04/22/2008 2:46:49 PM PDT by murphE (I refuse to choose evil, even if it is the lesser of two)
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To: ChurtleDawg

“The Christian in Complete Armour” - William Gurnall

A towering masterpiece.


78 posted on 04/22/2008 2:47:21 PM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: Gamecock

“I’m 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.)


79 posted on 04/22/2008 2:48:56 PM PDT by Augustinian monk (Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin - Romans 4:8)
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To: TotusTuus
retract my earlier Retractions to Retractationes.

is there a printed edition somewhere that you can point me to? (In English.)

80 posted on 04/22/2008 2:49:23 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Q1) What is your only comfort in life and death? A)That I am not my own ....)
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To: Augustinian monk; All

BROTHER,
FROM AUGUSTINE THROUGH WARFIELD,ALLWAYS DIGGING FOR JEWELS.
NEWEST THEOLOGIAN PAST THROUGH THE RPTS;
http://www.biblicaltheology.org:80/
AND MY LATEST BOOK ORDER:
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MOST OF MY STUDY IS ON-LINE,THOUGH I HAVE PRINTED TEXT FOR AWAY TIMES.
I WILL BE BLESSED TO SHARE ANY LINKS,JUST ASK!

EXURGE CALVINISTI,ET JUDICA,CAUSAM,TUAM!


81 posted on 04/22/2008 3:24:44 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: ChurtleDawg

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren


82 posted on 04/22/2008 3:27:24 PM PDT by not bad at all (Let's unite and win in 08)
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To: Lee N. Field
A difficult one for me to answer. Most my reading of the Fathers came through the library with the "Library of the Fathers" translations done by the Oxford Movement - the original English translations of these texts. My reading of St. Augustine came through these. Also, the Catholic University of America translations. These take up shelves of the library with St. Augustine in the lead, so to speak.

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:

The Retractations

83 posted on 04/22/2008 3:30:48 PM PDT by TotusTuus (Christos Voskrese!)
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To: ChurtleDawg
Don't hold me to this as a foundational text of Christianity, but I'm kinda partial to....

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.

84 posted on 04/22/2008 3:45:40 PM PDT by Oliver Optic
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To: TotusTuus
A quick google search returned me this:

The Retractations

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.

85 posted on 04/22/2008 4:13:24 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Q1) What is your only comfort in life and death? A)That I am not my own ....)
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To: TotusTuus

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.


86 posted on 04/22/2008 4:17:00 PM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: TotusTuus
"Not to be flippant, but you are here reading FR..."

I hadn't seen anyone else post "just the Bible" yet so I figured I'd volunteer to be the first one to face the wrath and be stoned...
87 posted on 04/22/2008 5:00:13 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (No better friend, no worse enemy)
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To: ChurtleDawg

Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer


88 posted on 04/22/2008 5:30:40 PM PDT by Millie
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To: Skooz

I am reading that book. It is great!
Here is a link to Banner of Truth Press. They reprint Puritan books.

http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/home.php


90 posted on 04/22/2008 5:53:35 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: ChurtleDawg

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.”


91 posted on 04/22/2008 6:56:54 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: marshmallow

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.


92 posted on 04/22/2008 7:20:44 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: ChurtleDawg

Tender Warrior by Stew Webber, incredible spiritual growth book for men.


93 posted on 04/22/2008 7:22:12 PM PDT by whispering out loud (the bible is either 100% true, or in it's very nature it is 100% a lie)
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To: ChurtleDawg
I think The Didache, which you mentioned, should be read by every Christian because it reflects how the early Church viewed the responsibilities and behavior of a good Christian.
94 posted on 04/22/2008 8:08:29 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Gamecock

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.


95 posted on 04/22/2008 8:51:58 PM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: TotusTuus

***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.


96 posted on 04/22/2008 10:34:10 PM PDT by Gamecock ("I find your lack of faith-disturbing" Darth Vader)
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To: alpha-8-25-02

http://www.amazon.com:80/Covenant-Eschatology-Michael-Scott-Horton/dp/0664225012

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.


97 posted on 04/22/2008 11:17:39 PM PDT by Gamecock ("I find your lack of faith-disturbing" Darth Vader)
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To: Soliton
Thanks for the "Shakespeare" link.

Parts of The Talmud are very interesting.

98 posted on 04/23/2008 5:26:18 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Borges
And throw in ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ for the Protestants. :-)

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).

99 posted on 04/23/2008 7:02:26 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: ChurtleDawg
Pyromaniacs.
100 posted on 04/23/2008 7:03:29 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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