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Some Helpful Survey Books on Modern Theology and Theologians

Because you want to have a somewhat basic knowledge (and be informed) about some of the evolving stories, journeys, movements, trajectories and main actors behind current contemporary theological trends in church and society.

  • Braaten, Carl E. and Robert W. Jenson, eds. A Map of Twentieth Century Theology: Readings from Karl Barth to Radical Pluralism. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995.
  • Ford, David F. and Rachel Muers, eds. The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918. 3rd edition. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
  • Ford, David F. & Mike Higton with Simeon Zahl, eds. The Modern Theologians Reader. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  • Grenz, Stanley J. and Roger E. Olson. Twentieth-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age. InterVarsity, 1993.
  • Hodgson, Peter C. and King, Robert. Christian Theology: An Introduction to its Traditions and Tasks. Fortress Press, 1985.
  • Jones, Gareth ed. The Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology. Blackwell, 2007.
  • Kapic, Kelly M., and Bruce McCormack, eds. Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic and Historical Introduction. Baker, 2012.
  • Livingston, James C. Modern Christian Thought: The Enlightenment and the Nineteenth Century. Fortress Press, 2nd edition, 2006.
  • Livingston, James C. Modern Christian Thought: The Twentieth Century. Fortress Press, 2nd edition, 2006.
  • McGrath, Alister E. ed. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought. Blackwell, 1993.
  • McGrath, Alister E., ed. The Christian Theology Reader. 4rd edition. Malden, MA. WileyBlackwell, 2011.
  • Miller, Ed. L. and Stanley J. Grenz, Fortress Introduction to Contemporary Theologies. Fortress Press, 1998.
  • Olson, Roger E. The Journey of Modern Theology: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013.
  • Padgett, Alan G. and Steve Wilkens. Christianity and Western Thought: Faith and Reason in the 19th Century (Christianity & Western Thought), vol. 2. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010.
  • Padgett, Alan G. and Steve Wilkens. Journey to Postmodernity in the Twentieth Century (Christianity & Western Thought), vol. 3. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016.
  • Simpson, Christopher Ben. Modern Christian Theology. Fakenham, Norfolk: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.
  • Smith, David L. A Handbook of Contemporary Theology: Tracing Trends & Discerning Directions in Today’s Theological Landscape. Grand Rapids: Baker Book, 1992.
  • Wilson, John E. Introduction to Modern Theology: Trajectories in the German Tradition. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.