“Sanctify them through thy Truth: thy Word is Truth.”
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all… thy mind.”
“The Bible stands in the same relation to systematic theology as nature to science, and systematic theology does for the Bible what natural science does for nature.”
John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan
Reformed Systematic Theologies in Latin (the titles and most of the tables of contents are in English)
General Systematic Theologies Evangelical, Anglican, Arminian, Liberal
Order of Contents
On the Concept of Systematic Theology
Originally published for the blind, a winsome and easy to read summary of Bible truth. Great for beginners and young people.
One of the best, easy to read introductions to the Christian faith at the beginner level
Manual of Christian Doctrine Buy 372 pp.
A concise and easy to read, medium length abridgment of his Systematic Theology
Popular treatments of the practical teachings of Christianity aimed to produce holiness
Bavinck, Herman – Our Reasonable Faith Buy 1956, 576 pp. a one volume popular digest of his four volume Reformed Dogmatics
Berkhof, Louis – Systematic Theology Buy 784 pp. This edition includes Introduction to the Study of Systematic Theology which was previously a separate work but intended to be read with his Systematic Theology. Also includes a Preface by the excellent reformed historian Richard Muller.
This is a classic, brief, one volume systematic theology. It was originally intended to be an abbreviated summary of the thought of Bavinck’s four volume Reformed Dogmatics. Berkhof excels in giving a balanced historical and biblical treatment of each issue, though he tends to be a bit dry, lacking devotional fervor. To remedy this, read Calvin.
The best systematic theology ever written. Systematic theology as it should be: charged with a devotional fervor of living before the face of God.
A standard systematic theology. One of the few by a southern presbyterian.
Hodge, Charles – Conference Papers 1879 408 pp.
Familiar Lord’s Day afternoon addresses to Princeton students, arranged in topical fashion.
Bavinck, Herman – Reformed Dogmatics, 4 vols. Buy 3,024 pp.
A major contribution to systematic theology from the Dutch church. Bavinck is always careful, balanced and historical in his treatment of Biblical doctrines. You won’t go wrong with him. Put down your modern systematic theologies and read a real theologian.
Heppe, Heinrich – Reformed Dogmatics Buy 729 pp.
This is an invaluable anthology of reformed writings from the 1500′s and 1600′s, organized by subject in systematic-theological fashion. Most of these primary documents are unavailable to the English reader in any other form. Here is a helpful blog review of the book with the table of contents to the first three chapters.
vol. 1 – Theology 625 pp.
vol. 2 – Anthropology, vol. 2 695 pp.
Index 120 pp.
Systematic Theology: a Series of Questions Upon the Lectures Delivered 1865 150 pp. by Charles Hodge
Questions on the Text of the Systematic Theology of Dr. Charles Hodge: Together with an Exhibition of Various Schemes Illustrating the Principles of Theological Construction 1885 196 pp. by A.A. Hodge, his son and successor at Princeton
A Review of Hodge’s Systematic Theology 1890, p. 229, 52 pp. by Robert L. Dabney, a southern presbyterian
Hodge’s Systematic is a classic and has rightly earned him a place as one of America’s preeminent theologians. Hodge, though, is not right about everything. As always, read with discernment. Hodge expected his seminary readers to be able to read Latin, German and French. Hence, unfortunately, sometimes the apex of the argument has been left untranslated.
This volume completes Hodge’s systematic theology. While the volume is very helpful for its detailed discussions and references of the finer points of Church government, yet do note that Hodge lived in a time in which the finer points of Church government were changing from the older classical model (from the Church of Scotland), which changes are not usually recommended.
Turretin, Francis – Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 3 vols. Buy 1679–1685 translated by James Dennison Jr.
Turretin was the professor at Geneva after Beza. He represents the height of reformed orthodoxy. While Turretin will give you nothing but what is considered classic reformed doctrine, the reading is quite dense and often overly metaphysical.
This is laid out to cover most of the Christian faith for little hearts.
Fletcher, Alexander, et al. – The Child’s Preacher: a Series of Sermons on Systematic Theology for the Young Buy 1857 465 pp.
“Every family should have a copy of this marvelous volume… intended for the instruction of the heart and mind of children within the household and the church.” – Reformation Heritage Books
Beeke, James W.
Bible Doctrine for Younger Children Buy
Bible Doctrine for Older Children Buy
Bible Doctrine for Teens and Young Adults Buy
Erskine, Ralph – Works, vol. 10 d. 1752
This volume is volume 7 in the 7 volume series of Erskine’s Works that is more commonly available for sale. The Free Presbyterians recently reprinted the first 6 volumes, but not the seventh. There is much left out of this last volume in the ‘Gospel Sonnets’ paperback reprint by SGCB.
Keach, Benjamin – Spiritual Melody, containing near three hundred sacred hymns Buy PoD 1691
On the Concept of Systematic Theology
Colish, Marcia L. – ‘Systematic Theology’, pp. 277-88 of Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400-1400 in The Yale Intellectual History of the West (Yale Univ. Press, 1997)
This is on the development of ‘systematic theology in the 12th century’.