As I’ve thought more about Patrik’s “The Best in Contemporary Theology” meme, I thought I’d expand on it a little since after all, making long lists is the easy thing. So, what I’ve got here are key categories in contemporary theology and two books from 1981-2006 (though I tried to be as recent as possible, even cheating and including one book that’s technically from 2007) that I think are essential reading in that field. Maybe it’s cheating to include the full sets of Jenson, Jones and Pannenberg, but whatever. They’re still essential reading.
American Mainline Theology
- Robert Jenson, Systematic Theology, 2 Vols.
- Joe Jones, A Grammar of Christian Faith, 2 Vols.
American Evangelical Theology
- Kevin Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine
- Mark Noll, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
German Theology (Protestant)
- Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology, 3 Vols.
- Juergen Moltmann, The Crucified God
British Theology (Protestant)
- John Milbank, Theology and Social Theory
- Colin Gunton, The One, The Three, and The Many
- J.-M.-R. Tillard, Church of Churches
- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith
Eastern Orthodox Theology
- John Zizioulas, Being As Communion
- David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite
- Daniel Bell, Jr., Liberation Theology After the End of History
- J. Kameron Carter, Race: A Theological Account
- Stanley Hauerwas, With The Grain of the Universe
- Samuel Wells, God’s Companions
- Walter Brueggemann, Theology of the Old Testament
- Brevard Childs, Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
- N.T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God
- Richard B. Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament