Friday, December 03, 2004

Three Roman Catholic Books every Protestant Should Read

Three Eastern Orthodox Books every Protestant Should Read

If you were hoping I'd tell you, my apologies. I'm actually hoping you'll tell me in comments! I promise I'll blogpost the results of this question!


Dave Graham said...


I'd heartily recommend (for Protestants reading Catholic lit.) the following books by J.P. II:
"Rise, Let us be on our way" and
"Prayer" (i think that's the was published circe 1997 or so)
Excellent reading and the depth this guy has is amazing.

Dave Graham said...

Eastern Orthodox:
1. Timothy Ware "The Orthodox Church" (one of the best books to introduce one to the many facets of EO theology and practices as "a way of life").

2. Vladimir Lossky "The Mystical Theology of the Orthodox Church" (how Christian theology is done by those outside the West and particularly challenges some western conceptions of theology whether from the Catholic or Protestant tradition).

3. John D. Zizioulos "Being as Communion" (if Protestants are ever to understand the liturgical, sacramental, and eucharist understanding of the ancient church then Zizioulos is the one to read on this topic).

Roman Catholic:
1. Catherine Mowry Lacugna "God for Us" (she shows the depth and breadth of Catholic thoelogy while also being an example of the direction some Vatican 2 Catholics are going from a more moderate perspective. For example, the Catholic Church is very conservative on the women priests issue whereas Lacugna would like to see the church change on this issue).

2. Avery Dulles "Models of the Church" (probably one of the best works on ecclesiology that takes the best from history and tradition and applies it to the modern church. One of the greatest challenges and needs of the modern church is to come to grips once again with ecclesiology).

3. Henri de Lubac "Scripture in the Tradition" (Lubac is an old time French Catholic who sought renewal in the Catholic church by "ressourcing" Christian theology by a return to the early church fathers and the Scriptures).

Grace and peace - Chris C.

Matt Oskvarek said...

Stephen, I recommend this title:

"Called To Communion" It is written by Joseph 'Cardinal' Ratzinger, who is one of the present pope's authorities on doctrinal matters.

Check out.
- Matt O

Anonymous said...

Three Roman Catholic Books Protestants should read:

FOUR WITNESSES: The Early Church In Her Own Words (Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons)
And a fourth: CROSSING THE TIBER: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church, by Stephen K. Ray

Anonymous said...

hard to find:

"Orthodox Spirituality: An Outline of the Orthodox Ascetical and Mystical Tradition" (1945)
Anonymous ("by a monk of the eastern church")
published by fellowship of saint alban and saint sergius
SBN 281 00843 4

-soupablog paul soupiset

Matt said...

I know there are some repeats here, but still:


Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Orthodox Church
Ware, The Orthodox Church [Albeit a bit dated now post cold war]
Fedotov, G.P. A Treasury of Russian Spirituality

Roman Catholic:

Regula Sancti Benedicti [Rule of St. Benedict]
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
J.N.D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines

Solly said...

The Eastern orthodox ones have been mentioned, Ware, Zizioulas, Lossky.
RCC: Therese of Lisieux, Story of a soul; JH Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua; Brother John of Taize, God of the Unexpected