Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Recommended Reading

Wondering what you should read during vacation? Looking to add to your library? Want to brush up on theological resources before attending seminary? Check out what books faculty say most influenced their theology. Happy reading!

Calvin’s Institutes by John Calvin
Recommended by John Burgess, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology





The Crucified God by Jürgen Moltmann
Recommended by Ron Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics





The Suffering of God: An Old Testament Perspective by Terence Fretheim
Recommended by Jerome Creach, Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament





Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality by J. Philip Newell
Recommended by David Esterline, President and Professor of Cross-cultural Theological Education





To Change the World: Christology and Cultural Criticism by Rosemary Radford Ruether
Recommended by Leanna Fuller, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care





The Theology of Paul the Apostle by James D. G. Dunn
Recommended by Rob Gagnon, Associate Professor of New Testament





The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin
Recommended by Scott Hagley, Assistant Professor of Missiology





Church Dogmatics Vol. 4 Pt. 1 by Karl Barth
Recommended by Angela Hancock, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship





For the Life of the World by Alexander Schmemann
Recommended by Edith Humphrey, William F. Orr Professor of New Testament





Black and Free by Tom Skinner
Recommended by Drew Smith, Professor of Urban Ministry





White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus: Feminist Christology and Womanist Response by Jacquelyn Grant
Recommended by Lisa Thompson, Assistant Professor of Homiletics





The Faith of a Physicist by John Polkinghorne
Recommended by Steve Tuell, James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament





Stations of the Heart by Richard Lischer
Recommended by Heather Vacek, Associate Dean of Academics and Assistant Professor of Church History





Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright
Recommended by Edwin van Driel, Directors' Bicentennial Associate Professor of Theology