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10 Must-See Books on Theology (ETS, AAR, SBL Checklist Part 1)

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With the conferences ETS and AAR/SBL nearly here, we rounded up a short list of Zondervan's must-see books on theology. (Also see our must-see books on biblical studies.) Here's the list in no particular order, including some comments from discerning reviewers.

Drop by our conference booth in San Antonio and get these books 50% off! (And don't miss the special conference deals on The Triune God and the new Counterpoints volumes, detailed below.)

1. The Triune God (New Studies in Dogmatics) by Fred Sanders

triunegodThis will be just $10 (60% off) at ETS and AAR/SBL.

Don't miss the review session on this book at ETS! It will follow author Fred Sanders' plenary on this book. Here are details:

Responses to Fred Sanders's book, The Triune God

Thursday, 11/17/16
1:00 PM-4:10 PM
Marriott-Rivercenter - Room 12
Reformed Theology

Moderator: Kelly M. Kapic (Covenant College)

  • Respondent: Wesley Hill (Trinity School for Ministry) 1:00 PM—1:30 PM
  • Respondent: Stephen R. Holmes (University of St Andrews, Scotland) 1:30 PM—2:00 PM
  • Respondent: Tom McCall (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) 2:10 PM—2:40 PM
  • Respondent: Paul T. Nimmo (University of Aberdeen) 2:40 PM—3:10 PM
  • Respondent: Fred Sanders (Biola University) 3:20 PM—3:50 PM
  • Discussion 3:50 PM—4:10 PM


2. Kierkegaard: A Single Life by Stephen Backhouse

kierkegaard"A wonderfully lively and sympathetic portrait of one of the greatest minds of the nineteenth century, sparing us nothing of Kierkegaard’s abrasive, contrarian personality, but also illuminating the extraordinary courage and spiritual depth of the man. We have waited a long time for such an accessible introduction." Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College and former Archbishop of Canterbury

"Makes accessible a great thinker, a controversial figure, a man who loved and, most importantly, wrestled with the meaning of our living with faith." Pastor's Library (Read More)


3. Five Views on the Church and Politics, Amy E. Black, General Editor

churchpolitics150One of the newest additions to the Counterpoints series, this book is only $8 at ETS/AAR/SBL, but there's an even better deal: Get all 4 NEW Counterpoints books for a total of just $30 (you save 60%). That deal includes:

  • Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church
  • Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy
  • Four Views on Hell, Second Edition (with all-new contributions)
  • Five Views on the Church and Politics


4. Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy, Paul M. Gould and Richard Brian Davis, General Editors

christianityandphilosophyAnother of the 4 new Counterpoints books. Like the volume on The Church and Politics above, this is only $8 at the academic conferences...but save even more if you buy all 4 new Counterpoints.

"Smoothly written, easily understood, and features a spectacular clash of ideas from philosophers of diverse perspectives. Students will love it. This volume ranks among the very best of Zondervan's wide array of Counterpoints books." Gary Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor; Chair of Philosophy, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary


5. Near Christianity: How Journeys along Jewish-Christian Borders Saved My Faith in God by Anthony Le Donne

nearchristianity"Through anecdotes, snippets of conversation, and interaction with the work of Jewish and Christian scholars, Le Donne addresses such sensitive issues as the "war on Christmas," the Holocaust, dogma, anti-Judaism and anti-semitism, and more optimistic topics such as laughter and love, belief and belonging... Highly readable and engaging, and will be of interest to anyone interested in a down-to-earth and honest approach to Jewish-Christian relations." Adele Reinhartz, Professor, Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa.



6. The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics, Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders, Editors

voiceofgodtextofscriptureHow does the voice of God come to us in the text of Scripture? Here you will find the most recent theologically constructive responses to this question. Contributors: William J. Abraham, Stephen E. Fowl, John Goldingay, Amy Plantinga Pauw, Daniel J. Treier.





7. The Tweetable Nietzsche: His Essential Ideas Revealed and Explained by C. Ivan Spencer

tweetablenietzsche"The liveliest and fastest-paced introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche's thought that one could wish for. Anyone who reads this book will be informed, instructed, and entertained." Bruce Riley Ashford, Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"For any student of philosophy or the history of ideas, this is an absolute must-read." James K. Drew, Jr., Associate Professor of History of Ideas & Philosophy, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


8. Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! by Denis O. Lamoureux

evolution-scripture"His strong Christian testimony and his conviction that evolution is our best way to understand God's creative work can be life-changing for those who feel trapped in the belief that they have to choose between creation and evolution. The evidence says they don't, and Lamoureux's clear presentation tells [you] why." John H. Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

"I applaud Professor Lamoureux's aim to keep Christians from stumbling in their faith over evolution." Bruce K. Waltke


9. What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine through the Apostles' Creed by Michael F. Bird

whatchristiansoughtobelieve"You know what I love about Michael? He writes in a colorful, accessible, and engaging way even though he is a scholar of epic proportions; he writes to regular people like me. I'm going to take the staff of [my church through the book] and I will use it to introduce new Christians to the faith." Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor, Transformation Church; author of The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World

"Thank you for reminding us of what too many Protestants, evangelicals no less than liberals, have forgotten: creeds matter!" Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture


10. At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors & Refugee Neighbors by Russell Jeung

athomeinexile"The real story of an honest, embodied life of justice. If every student I have ever taught said they wanted to be the next Russell Jeungnothing would make me more proud. Please read this book." Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary; Author of The Next Evangelicalism and Prophetic Lament

Get this and other books 50% off at Zondervan's booth during ETS/AAR/SBL.


P.S. Spend $35 or more at the Zondervan booth and get a free t-shirt or tote! This applies to both ETS and AAR/SBL, but supply is limited, so don't delay! See you in San Antonio.



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