Guest / Limited Access /

A master historian, Oberman places Luther in the context of late medieval culture and presents him not as the forerunner of modernity but as a prophetic figure who saw his life's work as a harbinger of the last days. This is a book I enjoy reading and rereading.

Augustine the Theologian
by Eugene TeSelle (Wipf & Stock)


A good primer for every theological student, this book should be read alongside Peter Brown's Augustine of Hippo, the definitive biography of the most prolific and consequential theologian of the early church. TeSelle traces with clarity the development of Augustine's mind through the major controversies and themes of his work.

Karl Barth His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts
by Eberhard Busch (Wipf & Stock)


Drawing on Barth's letters and memoranda as well as his published writings, Busch tells the story of a person who lived through the great turning points of the 20th century and whose work as seen in Church Dogmatics demands attention from every serious student of theology.

Spurgeon Prince of Preachers
by Lewis A. Drummond (Kregel)


We still await a definitive biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Baptist preacher and self-taught theologian, but Drummond's lengthy study is the best to date. He presents Spurgeon as a latter-day disciple of another Baptist saint, John Bunyan, and shows how his pastoral work encompassed "an all-round ministry."

Saint Thomas Aquinas The "Dumb Ox"
by G. K. Chesterton (Sheed & Ward)


There are longer and better biographies of the doctor angelicus, but this is my favorite. Chesterton is at his brilliant best in writing this vivid portrait of the great Dominican saint, whose work continues to edify evangelicals as well as Catholics despite his student reputation as a dull, ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedThe Centrality of Doctrine and the Christian Faith
The Centrality of Doctrine and the Christian Faith
A right understanding of God and his gospel moves the Christian to missional living.
TrendingAttempt to Market Anti-Porn Ministry to Mark Driscoll Fans Goes Bad
Attempt to Market Anti-Porn Ministry to Mark Driscoll Fans Goes Bad
Craig Gross on XXXchurch email blast to Resurgence list: 'They sold us your email for a penny.'
Editor's PickWhy Stretch Marks Remind Me of the Resurrection
Why Stretch Marks Remind Me of the Resurrection
By these scars, we get new life.
Comments
Christianity Today
My Top 5 Biographies of Theologians
hide thisAugust August

In the Magazine

August 2010

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.