Further reading

Recommended by academics and students at Developing a Christian Mind

A work in progress

Studying in the light of Christ

Creegan, Nicola Hoggard, and Christine D. Pohl. Living on the Boundaries: Evangelical Women, Feminism, and the Theological Academy. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2005.

Dockery, David S., and Timothy George. The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student’s Guide. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2012.

Glanzer, Perry L., and Todd C. Ream. Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education: Becoming Fully Human. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Griffiths, Paul J. Intellectual Appetite: A Theological Grammar. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2009.

Klassen, Norman, and Jens Zimmermann. The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2006.

Noll, Mark A. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1994.

Pieper, Josef. Leisure, the Basis of Culture. London: Faber and Faber, 1952.

Second Vatican Council. “Gaudium et Spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern Word,” December 7, 1965. Vatican.va.

A Christian worldview or narrative

Blamires, Harry. The Christian Mind. London: SPCK, 1963.

Lewis, C. S. The Abolition of Man: Or Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools. London: Oxford University Press, 1943.

Lloyd, Michael. Café Theology: Exploring Love, the Universe and Everything. 3rd ed. London: St Paul’s Theological Centre, 2012.

Moreland, James Porter, and William Lane Craig. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2003.

Oden, Thomas C. How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Books, 2007.

Schmemann, Alexander. For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy. 2nd ed. Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1973.

Smith, Christian. Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2009.

Speaking and living as Christians

Biggar, Nigel. Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2011.

Hauerwas, Stanley, and William H. Willimon. Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989.

Sanneh, Lamin O. Summoned from the Margin: Homecoming of an African. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2012.

Storkey, Elaine. Created or Constructed? The Great Gender Debate. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2000.

Natural sciences and Christianity

Alexander, Denis. Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? 2nd rev. ed. Oxford: Monarch Books, 2014.

Berry, R. J. True Scientists, True Faith: Some of the World’s Leading Scientists Reveal the Harmony Between Their Science and Their Faith. Oxford: Monarch Books, 2014.

Bouma-Prediger, Steven. For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2010.

Brooke, John Hedley. Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives. Cambridge History of Science Y. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Collins, Francis S. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. London: Pocket, 2007.

Harrison, Peter. The Territories of Science and Religion. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Johnson, Elizabeth A. Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

McGrath, Alister E. Inventing the Universe: Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015.

McLeish, Tom. Faith and Wisdom in Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Steane, Andrew M. Faithful to Science: The Role of Science in Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Wagner, Roger, and Andrew Briggs. The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Walton, John H. The Lost World of Genesis One. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2009.

Technology and Christianity

Brock, Brian. Christian Ethics in a Technological Age. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010.

Brooks, Ed, and Pete Nicholas. Virtually Human. Inter-Varsity Press, 2015.

Ellul, Jacques. The Technological Society. New York: Vintage Books, 1964.

Social sciences and Christianity

Archer, Margaret S. Being Human: The Problem of Agency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Douglas, Mary, and Steven Ney. Missing Persons: A Critique of the Social Sciences. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1998.

Hay, Donald A. Economics Today: A Christian Critique. Leicester: Apollos, 1989.

O’Donovan, Oliver. The Desire of the Nations: Rediscovering the Roots of Political Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Smith, Christian. What Is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good from the Person Up. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Medical sciences and Christianity

Banner, Michael C. Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Lysaught, M. Therese, Joseph J. Kotva, Stephen E. Lammers, and Allen Verhey, eds. On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2012.

Meilaender, Gilbert. Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2013.

———. Body, Soul, and Bioethics. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.

O’Donovan, Oliver. Begotten or Made? Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984.

Verhey, Allen. The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2011.

Wyatt, John. Matters of Life and Death: Human Dilemmas in the Light of Christian Faith. New ed. Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 2009.

Humanities and Christianity

Begbie, Jeremy. Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1991.

Crouch, Andy. Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Books, 2008.

Jacobs, Alan. A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love. Boulder, Col.: Westview, 2001.

Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1980.

Philosophy and Christianity

Benson, Bruce Ellis. Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida & Marion on Modern Idolatry. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Finnis, John. Natural Law and Natural Rights. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Hare, J. E. God’s Call: Moral Realism, God’s Commands, and Human Autonomy. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2001.

Mitchell, Basil. The Justification of Religious Belief. London: Macmillan, 1973.

Plantinga, Alvin. “Advice to Christian Philosophers.” Faith and Philosophy 1, no. 3 (1984): 253–71.

———. Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Smith, James K. A. Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church. Church and Postmodern Culture. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2006.

Swinburne, Richard. Is There a God? Rev. ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

The task of theology

Aquinas, Thomas. “Introduction.” In Summa Theologiae: A Concise Translation, edited by Timothy McDermott, 1–5. London: Methuen, 1991.

Augustine. Teaching Christianity (De Doctrina Christiana). Edited by John E. Rotelle O.S.A. Translated by Edmund Hill O.P. Hyde Park, N.Y.: New City Press, 1996.

Evagrius Ponticus. “Treatise on Prayer 61.” In The Philokalia: The Complete Text, edited by Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and Makarios of Corinth, translated by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Kallistos Ware, 1:62. London: Faber and Faber, 1979.

Ford, David. The Future of Christian Theology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

———. Theology: A Very Short Introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Thielicke, Helmut. A Little Exercise for Young Theologians. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1962.

Vocation and the value of work

Badcock, Gary D. The Way of Life: A Theology of Christian Vocation. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1998.

Luther, Martin. “Sermon on the Day of St John the Evangelist (1522), John 21:19-24.” In Sermons of Martin Luther, edited by John Nicholas Lenker, 1:239–55. Charlottesville, Va.: InteLex Corporation, 1995.

Volf, Miroslav. Work in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Character formation for learning

Augustine. The Confessions. Translated by Maria Boulding OSB. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1997. See the comments on the academy, pride, and humility.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. “Life Together.” In Life Together; Prayerbook of the Bible, edited by Geffrey B. Kelly, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, and Albrecht Schönherr, translated by Daniel W. Bloesch and James H. Burtness, 5:25–118. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996. See the section on service.

Leithart, Peter J. Gratitude: An Intellectual History. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014.

Wright, N. T. Virtue Reborn. London: SPCK, 2010.


Updated March 2018