As summer is fast approaching, here are the books on my shelf waiting to be read!

Irena Backus, Leibniz, Protestant Theologian

1. Irena Backus, Leibniz: Protestant Theologian

Though best known for his philosophy, Backus offers a different perspective by examining Leibniz’s theology. Backus works through the relationship of Leibniz’s Lutheran theology and his philosophy, leading up to the Enlightenment.

Kirk M. Summers, Morality After Calvin: Theodore Beza's Christian Censor and Reformed Ethics

2. Kirk M. Summers, Morality After Calvin: Theodore Beza’s Christian Censor and Reformed Ethics

Summers utilizes previously unavailable or understudied writings of Theodore Beza to unpack the theological foundation for Reformed ethics. The work addresses the relationship between morality and sanctification.

Gerald P. Boersma, Augustine's Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology

3. Gerald P. Boersma, Augustine’s Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology

This one has been on my shelf for a bit. Boersma turns to Augustine’s early theology on the issue of the image of God.

Brian P. Dunkle, Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan

4. Brian P. Dunkle, Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan

Dunkle talks a look at the thirteen hymns of Ambrose. As being completely unfamiliar with Ambrose’s hymns, I am looking forward to seeing how they relate to his sermons.

William J. Bulman and Robert G. Ingram, God and the Enlightenment

5. William J. Bulman and Robert G. Ingram (eds), God and the Enlightenment

Another one that has been sitting on my shelf for too long. The collection should offer a diverse array of topics that combat the notion that the Enlightenment was a monolithic secularist movement.

Greg Peters, The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality

6. Greg Peters, The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality

I have been in need for a work on monasticism, as it is a subject that I cover in a couple of my classes. This work looks like it is exactly what I need.

Robert Kolb, Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God: The Wittenberg School and Its Scripture-Centered Proclamation

7. Robert Kolb, Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God: The Wittenberg School and Its Scripture-Centered Proclamation

The work is part of the big Reformation 2017 anniversary. Really excited for this one. Does it get better than Kolb on Luther and the Bible?

Richard A. Muller, Divine Will and Human Choice: Freedom, Contingency, and Necessity in Early Modern Reformed Thought

8. Richard A. Muller, Divine Will and Human Choice: Freedom, Contingency, and Necessity in Early Modern Reformed Thought

This one just came arrived last week. I have always appreciated Muller’s scholarship, and this recent work on divine and human will in early modern Reformed thought should be a good read.

Paul T. Nimmo and David A. S. Fergusson, The Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology

9. Paul T. Nimmo and David A. S. Fergusson (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology

The collection covers a wide array of topics such as Reformed theological tenets to key Reformed scholars throughout history. In addition, several chapters address Reformed theology from a global perspective.

Rebecca Messbarger, Christopher Johns, and Philip Gavitt, Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment: Art, Science, and Spirituality

10. Rebecca Messbarger, Christopher Johns, and Philip Gavitt (eds), Benedit XIV and the Enlightenment: Art, Science, and Spirituality

I started this one earlier this year but did not get a chance to finish it. The collection is an interesting presentation of the Enlightenment in Italy, specifically through the eyes of Pope Benedict XIV.

 

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