Best Contemporary Theology Book Meme

Ok, you Lutherans, here’s a theological book meme from a couple sources:

Name three (or more) theological works from the last 25 years (1981-2006) that you consider important and worthy to be included on a list of the most important works of theology of that last 25 years (in no particular order).

There’s the added caveat that the books should not be works of biblical exegesis, historical studies, etc., unless these are of special theological interest.

The above comes from sacra doctrina who recommends Lesslie Newbigin’s The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission, Richard B. Hays’ Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theo-Dramatik, Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics.

Joel H. also throws out some titles.

I don’t know squat about any of these books. What do you, intelligent readers that you are, think about these titles and ones you would recommend?

3 thoughts on “Best Contemporary Theology Book Meme”

  1. Anything by Gerhard Forde:

    On Being a Theologian of the Cross

    Theology is For Proclamation

    Justification by Faith: A Matter of Death and Life

    Captivation of the Will

  2. I don’t wholly endorse everything in any of these three books, but I’m setting them forth because I think they each represent seminal thinking of a type rarely found in books commonly considered to be “important.”

    Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson

    The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris

    That You May Prosper: Dominion By Covenant by Ray R. Sutton

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