Christian Booklist

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This is the companion page for the "Fans of Jesus" reading list, organised by Colin Bell, crb11 (send a PM) It aims to list all the Christian books available on DP with a brief description of each. If you would like a book listed (either as the PMer or a proofer), please add it below in the appropriate category, or send Colin a PM and he'll add it for you. (Colin will ensure that books are moved on as they proceed through the rounds.) Better descriptions are welcomed: I haven't had time to read all the books. (Some of the descriptions have been lifted straight from the project comments.) NB: I've checked those active in the rounds, and will check periodically for new books, but not the queues, so those lists are far from complete.

Anything Christian from any denomination or theological perspective is welcomed.

Books are listed by current round, with details of those in multiple parts (and hence possibly with volumes in two or more rounds simultaneously) at the bottom.

Available for proofing

P1

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 1. {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing) (see below).

Systematic theology Volume 2: The Doctrine of Man {P1->P1} (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg) (see below).

Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians {P1->P1} (Unavailable for Post-Processing) (see below).

A Christian Directory, part 1 of 4: Christian Ethics (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg) (see below).

A plain introduction to the criticism of the New Testament. Volume II (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg) (see below).

Saint Paul's Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon. (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

One of the first "modern" scholarly commentaries from one of the greatest classical scholars and theologians of the 19th century. Still regularly used today.

Physico-theology: Or, A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God, from His Works of Creation (Formatting Round 2: Waiting for Release)

A book attempting to demonstrate the existence of God from the basis of creation by a 17th/18th century divine. Drawn upon heavily by Paley's more famous Blind Watchmaker argument.

A dictionary of hymnology, part 6 of 6 (supplement) {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing) (see below).

The making of a country parish (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

Looking at how the church can act as a focal point for the area around it. Written specifically about the US, but no doubt applicable much more widely.

My daily meditation for the circling year (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

A book of daily bible readings and short meditations on them. Each complete in a single page, so ideal if you want to be edified while you proof.

P2

Church History (2 of 3) (2nd ed.) (1892), by Kurtz, J. H., trans. MacPherson, John (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Standard German text (this volume covering 10th-16th centuries) translated into English.

The Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels, by John Burgon (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Another John Burgon special, arguing for the Textus Receptus as against more "modern" scholarship.

Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation, by Gordon, S. D. (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

One of a series of simply-written but deep devotional books, here looking at the implications that Christ is already crowned for our lives.

Expositions of Holy Scripture: Ephesians; Epistles Of St. Peter And St. John (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg) (see below).

P3

Confessiones, by Saint Augustine (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

One of the most influential Christian books of all time, in the original Latin.

On Prayer and the Contemplative Life, by St Thomas Aquinas (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

(No description yet.)

The English hymnal, with Tunes {No P2} {PP reclaim, needs checking}, by Henry Frowde (Unavailable for Post-Processing).

Church of England hymnal from 1906. You only have to proof the words, not the music, but please check the project comments carefully on this one.

A source book for ancient church history, by Ayer, Joseph Cullen (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Excerpts from the work of pretty much every significant Christian thinker, plus commentary.

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 2. {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing) (see below).

The Parables of Our Lord (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

Another "what it says in the title" book!

F1

The faith of our fathers;, 93rd carefully rev. and enl. ed., by Gibbons, James (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Major Catholic apologetic text from the 1860s, still in print today.

Gathering Jewels, by James Knowles (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

It's basically an "untraditional" biography of Mr. & Mrs. James Knowles of New York City. He was active in teaching Sunday Schools (or called Sabbath Schools in the book) and founding new churches, and she was basically a missionary to others in New York, and sort of an all-around good-deed-doer. It's not a book about theology; it's basically just about the lives of these two people of strong faith.

F2

The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels, by John Burgon (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

John Burgon, a supporter of the Textus Receptus (the Greek text underlying the AV/KJV) argues in favour of it as against the revised texts (which are what most modern Bible translations are based upon). Plenty of Greek and strong language.

Expositions of Holy Scripture: Second Corinthians, Galatians, And Philippians Chapters I To End; Colossians, Thessalonians, And First Timothy, by Alexander Maclaren (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg) (see below).

Fox's Book of Martyrs, by No Author (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg) (see below).

Miller writes: A horrible awful book about what humans are capable of doing to each other in the name of faith. I have been the only one working on it in F2 but can only usually stomach a page or two at a time, but since I believe this book is important and will be used, I took it to pm and pp and have been whittling away at it. There are some amazing stories of people who stood until the end in their faith, but I cannot emphasize enough the graphic brutality of it. Sooo... if we have any believers with strong stomachs... help would be greatly appreciated. (also... It is mostly (but not all) about Catholics hurting Protestants. I still think it is valuable but wanted to mention it.)

Another of the most important and influential Christian books ever written. Even if you can't face reading it, knowing the content is heartening in how far we've progressed in terms of Christian unity, and the strength of faith most of these martyrs exhibited, but a warning of just how evil man can be to man. (And of course Protestants need to remember they were equally culpable in their treatment of Catholics, and often other Protestants too...)

Acts of the General Assemblies (1638-1649), by Church of Scotland (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

A record of the Scottish church's deliberations during a highly important period in church history. For anyone wanting to get a better understanding of the Scottish church's position on a wide host of issues during the period of the second Reformation (and Westminster Confession of Faith), this book is a great resource.

Grace, Actual and Habitual, by Pohle, Joseph (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Grace, Actual and Habitual is the seventh book in a series on Dogmatic Theology, by Catholic theologian Joseph Pohle. Plenty of formatting excitement, and multiple languages to play with.

The Works of John Knox (Vol. 1 of 6), by Laing, David [Editor] (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

The writings of one of the leading theologians of the Reformation (and probably the most important Scottish religious figure of the era). An important reference for church historians.

The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning, by Binning, Hugh (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

This book is a collection of all the works of the Reverend Hugh Binning who lived from about 1627 to 1653. He was an extraordinary preacher, despite his life being cut short by consumption at the young age of 26. He was exceptional in his gifts and talents, and was made a professor and regent at the University of Glasgow at the young age of 19. After three years of being a professor, he entered the ministry, where he remained for the final four years of his life. It is unfortunate, but none of his writings were published before his death.

Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 2 of 2) {needs fixing, missing pages} by George Gillespie (Unavailable for Post-Processing).

Second volume of works by George Gillespie, a 17th century Scottish theologian. Only three pages proofed in the last nine months, so this project deserves a little love.

Quiet talks on power by Gordon, Samuel Dickey (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Description to follow

Records of the Kirk of Scotland by Alexander Peterkin (Editor) (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

More historical documentation of a key period in Scottish ecclesiastical history.

Multi-volume works

Barnes' notes on the Old and New Testaments

Verse by verse commentaries written by a US pastor initially for his congregation, they were then published and outsold pretty much everything else of their type. They bring together scholarship of the time with practical application for a general audience. It is hoped that PGDP will eventually process the entire run (the whole NT, plus Psalms, Daniel, Isaiah and Job).


Barnes' Notes on Daniel Vol. 1 (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Barnes' Notes on Daniel Vol. 2 (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Barnes' Notes on Isaiah Vol. 2 (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Barnes' Notes on Psalms Vol. 3 {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Barnes' Notes on James, Peter, John, and Jude (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Barnes' Notes on Isaiah Vol. 1. {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Barnes' Notes on Psalms Vol. 1 {P1->P1} {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians {P1->P1} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Barnes' Notes on Isaiah Vol. 1. Part 2 of 2. (Delete Project)

Barnes' Notes on Psalms Vol. 1. Part 2 of 2. {P1->P1} (Delete Project)

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, edited by James Hastings

One of a number of encylopaedias edited by Hastings, which provide a good summary of the state of theology and biblical studies at the end of the public-domain period. This one contains a wealth of detail on every area of the Gospels and the background to them.


Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 2. {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 2. Part 2 of 4. (Delete Project)

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 2. Part 3 of 4. (Delete Project)

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 2. Part 4 of 4. (Delete Project)

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 1. {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 1. Part 2 of 4. (Delete Project)

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 1. Part 3 of 4. {P1->P1} (Delete Project)

Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels. Volume 1. Part 4 of 4. (Delete Project)

Systematic theology, by Augustus Strong

Systematic theology by a leading evangelical Baptist scholar. Fairly detailed.


Systematic theology Volume 1: The Doctrine of God (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

Systematic theology Volume 2: The Doctrine of Man {P1->P1} (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

Systematic theology Volume 3: The Doctrine of Salvation {P1->P1} (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

A Christian Directory, by Richard Baxter

(Description needed)


A Christian Directory, part 1 of 4: Christian Ethics (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

A Christian Directory, part 2 of 4: Christian Economics (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

A Christian Directory, part 3 of 4: Christian Ecclesiastics {P1->P1} (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

A Christian Directory, part 4 of 4: Christian Politics {P1->P1} (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

A plain introduction to the criticism of the New Testament, by Scrivener

Scholarly explanation of how the thousands of NT manuscripts have been analysed to determine as best we can what was originally written. Still highly relevant today (the methods haven't changed, and we haven't discovered many more significant manuscripts). Lots of Greek, so one for the specialists (or those who like a challenge!)


A plain introduction to the criticism of the New Testament. Volume I (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

A plain introduction to the criticism of the New Testament. Volume II (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

History of the Rise of the Hugenots, by Henry Baird

Scholarly history of this period of French Christianity and history.


History of the Rise of the Huguenots. Vol. 1 (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

History of the Rise of the Huguenots. Vol. 2 {P3 skipped} (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

Expositions of Holy Scripture, by Alexander Maclaren

Excellent expositional writing for the layman. Most of the series has already been posted to PG: download it for devotional reading!


Expositions of Holy Scripture: Second Corinthians, Galatians, And Philippians Chapters I To End; Colossians, Thessalonians, And First Timothy (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

Expositions of Holy Scripture: Ephesians; Epistles Of St. Peter And St. John (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg)

Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology

Monster volume, containing apparently everything that could be known about the history of hymns in English, and much in other languages too. (I'm running the supplement through first because it contains a bit of everything, so will help in discovering issues in the other volumes.)

A dictionary of hymnology, part 6 of 6 (supplement) {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

A dictionary of hymnology, part 1 of 6 {P1->P1} {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

A dictionary of hymnology, part 2 of 6 {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

A dictionary of hymnology, part 3 of 6 {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

A dictionary of hymnology, part 4 of 6 {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

A dictionary of hymnology, part 5 of 6 (indexes) {needs fixing, see notes} (Unavailable for Post-Processing)

In the Queues

(Excluding multipart works listed above.) Currently incomplete: books will be added as and when.

P1

P2

The children's Bible, by Sherman, Henry A. (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Highly illustrated children's Bible from the early 20th century.

The life of David as reflected in his Psalms {P3 Qual}, by Maclaren, Alexander (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Character study of David, illustrated from what he wrote in the Psalms.

The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller, by Müller, George (H. Lincoln Wayland, ed.) (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Autobiography of an amazing man: evangelist, founder of orphans' homes, and many other things.


P3

Jesus, the Messiah; or, The Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in the New Testament Scriptures {P3->P2} {P3 skipped}, by A Lady [pseudonym] (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

Pretty much what it says in the title.

St. Peter, His Name and His Office, by Thomas W. Allies (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

One of several books in PGDP by Thomas Allies, an English church historian who converted to Catholicism as part of the Oxford Movement. I'm assuming this one looks at the history of the papacy.

The Messiah in Moses and the Prophets, by Lord, Eleazar (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

(No description yet.)

F2

The Angels' Song {P3 Qual}, by Guthrie, Thomas, D.D. (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

A collection of short papers by the renowned Scottish preacher and author Thomas Guthrie.

A History of the Reformation (Vol 2 of 2) [1907] {P2alt-r} {P3 skipped}, by Lindsay, Thomas M. (Completed and Posted to Project Gutenberg).

This history of the Reformation was written with the intention of describing a great religious movement amid its social environment. The times were heroic, and produced great men, with striking individualities not easily weighed in modern balances. The author was a professor of Church History in the Free Church College, Glasgow.