Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – Introduction to Theology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – One-Volume Systematic Theologies
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – Bibliology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – Theology Proper
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – Christology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – Soteriology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – Atonement
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – Ecclesiology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians – Eschatology
Some time ago I came across a list of 25 theological books composed by Bruce Ashford he believes young theologians should read and invest in. I share my enthusiasm for most on his list and would recommend his post (you can read it here) but felt that for those brand new to the study of theology, many of the writings would be overwhelming and perhaps not the best place to start. For example, Augustine’s City of God is a classic but is also an academic work that is over 1,000 pages with a unique historic context. I would not recommend a new theologian to begin there.
With that in mind, I want to compose my list of books for young theologians in various categories of theology of mostly modern books for young, budding theologians that I believe may be easier to understand. They are not classics, but I do believe they will be helpful resources to sink your teeth into.
In this ninth installment, here is a list of helpful eschatological books.
- Christopher Morgan, Robert Peterson, ed. Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment – Liberals have attacked the doctrine of hell from the very beginning. This is one of the better books defending it.
- Randy Alcorn, Heaven – This has become the standard work on heaven for good reason.
- Preston Sprinkle, Four Views on Hell – These books are helpful in laying out the various arguments. This book offers proponents for traditional eternal punishment, annihilationism, universalism, and purgatory (from a Protestant perspective).
- Kim Riddlebarger, A Case for Amillenialism: Understanding the End Times – This is, at least to me, the best defense of Amillenialism. I am not an amilllenialist, but when I teach on the end times I find myself referring to it often.
- John MacArthur and Richard Mayhu, ed., Christ’s Prophetic Plans: A Futuristic Premillennial Primer – Here is a helpful defense of premillenial dispensationalism from MacArthur and the staff of the Master’s Seminary.
- Richard Bauckham, A Theology of Revelation – Though I do not agree with all of Bauckham’s eschatology, I love this book. He pulls out themes from Revelation that are extremely helpful. No one is a serious student of Revelation without considering this work.
Obviously, one’s view of eschatology will shape one’s preferred reading. I remain somewhat agnostic on some of the specifics of eschatology (rapture, millennium, etc.). As a result, he above list is much more selective than the other lists.