Philosophical Analysis of Reformation Sources: A Bibliography

This is a running commentary on a bibliography I created/am creating about key sources, developments, and interpretations of Reformation thought.  It is going to function somewhat similarly to Perry Robinson’s fine project of Patristics and Eastern Orthodox thought.

Background Studies

Muller, Richard.  Dictionary of Greek and Latin Theological Terms.  This is the most important book on the list.  It is worth ten seminary educations (if you are at RTS, 12).  This book is why articles at Orthodox Bridge are completely irrelevant.

Muller, Richard. Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics 4 vol.  It’s a shame that it’s out of print, but this is the reason no one can seriously take Barth’s Calvin against the Calvinists thesis anymore.

Preus, Robert.  Theology of Post-Reformation LutheranismConservative Lutheranism’s version of Richard Muller. I demur on his Christology, but an excellent volume nonetheless.

Van Asselt, Willem.  Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism.  The single best one-volume intro to mature Reformed thought.


Brown, Peter, Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, Univ. of Calif. Press

O’Donovan, Oliver.  The Problem of Self-Love in St Augustine.

Markus, R. A.  Saeculum.

Medieval Period

One of Muller’s theses is that the Reformation did not break with the medieval church, but Reformed it.

Friedman, Russell L., Medieval Trinitarian Thought from Aquinas to Ockham, Cambridge

Oberman, Heiko.  Harvest of Medieval Theology.  Have you ever seen someone say that the nominalism of Gabriel Biel led to Luther and then to Calvin, meaning that the Reformation caused modernity?  Oberman’s book is why people will laugh you out of the room if you say that.

John Wyclif

Levy, Ian Christopher.  John Wyclif: Scriptural Logic, Real Presence, and the Parameters of Orthodoxy.  Marquette.

Evans, G. R. John Wyclif: Myth and Reality.  About half of the books is Evans’ telling a parable about her struggle with the university, but still covers the necessary ground.


Muller, Richard.  After Calvin and The UnAccommodated Calvin (Oxford).

Steinmetz, David. Calvin in Context.  A collection of relatively short essays.


Horton, Michael.  Covenant and Eschatology.  God speaks.  He enters into covenant with us.  All covenants have a canon, or covenant-document.  His perlocutionary speech-act is the Bible.  The Church did a decent job of preserving it, but it is a logical fallacy to then leap to “the Church determines it.”

——————————.  Lord and Servant.

—————————–.  Covenant and Salvation.  The best take-down of Radical Orthodoxy.

—————————–.  People and Place.

Turretin, Francis.  Institutes of Elenctic Theology.  You can’t say you are a mature reader of Reformed thought if you haven’t read this.


O’Donovan, Oliver.  Resurrection and Moral Order.  You’ll need to spend several years working through this book.  I had to unlearn a lot of garbage when I was reading O’Donovan.

O’Donovan, Oliver.  Ways of Judgment.

O’Donovan, Oliver.  Bonds of Imperfection.

Summers, Kirk.  Morality After Calvin.  Oxford.  Some very interesting illustrations from Beza’s Geneva.

Reformed Piety

The means of grace are more important than how you feel. We don’t meet Christ in ascetical disciplines but in his meeting us at Word and Table.

Clark, R. Scott.  Recovering the Reformed Confession.  I don’t agree with all of his conclusions, but his analyses of QIRE and QIRC are worth the price of the book.