Theology for beginners - book suggestions by Wycliffe faculty

By Wycliffe College Faculty

Recognizing that everyone interested in pursuing theological studies is a beginner at one point, Wycliffe College faculty put together a list of rudimentary books that would be helpful for someone starting their theological studies.

  • St Augustine's Confessions (Chadwick or Bulding) - Stephen Andrews, Principal
  • A Theology in Outline: Can These Bones Live?, by Robert Jenson - "I think it's concise and brilliant," Joseph Mangina, Professor of Systematic Theology.
  • The Lost Letters of Pergamum by Bruce Longenecker - "It’s a novel, and fun to read, but it also provides a very accurate portrayal of the social world in which the NT texts were written, "Stephen Chester, Professor of New Testament
  • Beyond Christendom  by Jehu Hanciles - "It offers an interdisciplinary exploration of how globalization, migration, and mission are linked, and is written by a scholar of African background" Judy Paulsen, Professor of Evangelism
  • Reading Scripture Canonically by Mark S. Gignilliat - "[It is] meant to be a basic introduction by a veteran teacher," Christopher Seitz, Senior Research Professor
  • Word Alive: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by John Schwarz - "[It is] a thumbnail sketch of Bible history, biblical books, Church history, key tenets of Christian faith and ethics, etc. It's not authoritative by any means but a short of Coles notes, ideal for anyone without much knowledge of the big picture," Glen Taylor, Professor Emeritus, Old Testament
  • Summoned from the Margin  Homecoming of an African by Lamin Sanneh - "Sanneh's autobiography, from his muslim childhood in Gambia, through his conversion to Christianity, his western education, scholarly vocation, views on Christianity and Africa, mission and the rest, but also vision of life. To me, it represents one of the best personal accounts of the kinds of Christian concerns and realities that properly shape many (though not all, of course) of Wycliffe's own commitments:  evangelical Christian truth, cultural sensitivity, mission, scholarship, clarity, critical acuity, humility, global mission," Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology