Top 10 Systematic Theology Texts
Frame is comprehensive in laying out the foundation for how we know God and how we live in light of the Scriptures.
2. Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem [y, l, e, p, s]
A highly readable systematic theology.
3. Reformed Dogmatics vols. 1-4 by Herman Bavinck [p, s]
A solid Dutch Reformed work, translated well in English. It is a pretty technical read but worth the effort.
4. Institutes of Christian Religion (2 vol.) by John Calvin [e, p, s]
Calvin’s classic, need I say more?
5. Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof [e, p, s]
Fairly readable and thorough systematic.
6. Salvation Belongs to the Lord by John Frame [y, l, e, p, s]
This is Frame’s mini-systematic, a good first systematic.
7. Institutes of Elenctic Theology by Francis Turretin [p, s]
Want to read the text that John Calvin’s seminary used? Charles Hodge/Old Princeton also used this text.
8. The Christian’s Reasonable Service (4 Vol) by Wilhelmus A Brakel [l, e, p, s]
Thanks to Reformation Heritage Books you can now actually find these books in the same place. He was a Dutch Pastor who wrote this 4 volume systematic theology for the people in his church.
9. A New Systematic Theology Of The Christian Faith by Robert Reymond [e, p, s]
Reymond has written a sound Presbyterian systematic theology.
10. Christian Beliefs by Wayne and Elliot Grudem [c, y, l, e, p, s]
This book is a heavily condensed version of #2 on this list. I included Christian Beliefs because the text is understandable to all people of all ages. I think it is important to have at least one book that covers all ages.
Honorable Mention: Christian Theology by Millard Erickson [y, l, e, p, s]
(c=children; y=young adult; l=lay leader; e=elder; p=pastor; s=scholar)