Christian Dogmatics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson


Thanks to Eric Obermeyer for contributing links to online editions that we have added since the original publication of this bibliography.

Thanks to Phillip F who reminded us to include Graebner’s outline.

Allison, C. FitzSimons, The Cruelty of Heresy: An Affirmation of Christian Orthodoxy (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, 1994).

Arand, Charles P. James A. Nestingen, and Robert Kolb, The Lutheran Confessions: History and Theology of the Book of Concord (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012).

Bente, Gerhard Friedrich,  Historical Introductions to the Lutheran Confessions, 2nd ed. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005). [an online edition is here]

Chemnitz, Martin, Loci Theologici, vols. vii and viii in Chemnitz’s Works (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2009).

Chemnitz, Martin, Ministry, Word, and Sacraments: An Enchiridion, trans. Luther Poellot (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1981)

Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, 2nd ed., Paul Timothy McCain, gen. ed., (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2006).

Deutschlander, Daniel M., Grace Abounds: The Splendor of Christian Doctrine (Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2015).

Engelder, Th., W. Arndt, Th. Graebner, and F. E. Mayer, Popular Symbolics: The Doctrines of the Churches of Christendom and of other Religious Bodies Examined in the Light of Scripture (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1934). [an online edition is here]

Gerhard, Johann, Theological Commonplaces (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, various dates by volume).

Graebner, A. L., Outlines of Doctrinal Theology (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1898).

Hägglund, Bengt, trans. Gene J. Lund, History of Theology, 4th rev. ed. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2007).

Hoenecke, Adolph, Evangelical Lutheran Dogmatics (Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1014).

Hutter, Leonard, trans. H. E. Jacobs and G. F. Spieker, Compend of Lutheran Theology (Gnesio Books, 2013). [an online edition is here]

Jacobs, Henry E., Elements of Religion (Malone, Texas: Repristination Press, 2011). [an online edition is here]

Jacobs, Henry Eyster, A Summary of the Christian Faith, part 1 (Watseka, Illinois: Just & Sinner Publishing, 2014). [an online edition is here]

Jacobs, Henry Eyster, A Summary of the Christian Faith, part 2 (Watseka, Illinois: Just & Sinner Publishing, 2017). [an online edition is here]

Koehler, Edward W. A., A Summary of Christian Doctrine, 3rd rev. ed. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House: 2016).

Kolb, Robert and James A. Nestingen, eds., Sources and Contexts of the Book of Concord (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2001).

Kolb, Robert, The Christian Faith: A Lutheran Exposition (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1993).

Krauth, Charles Porterfield, The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1871). [an online edition is here]

Lang, Lyle W., God So Loved the World: A Study of Christian Doctrine (Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2005).

Lange, Lyle W., Outline of the Book of Concord (Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1994).

Lindberg, Conrad Emil, trans. Conrad Emanuel Hoffsten, Christian Dogmatics and Notes on the History of Dogma, rev. ed. (Rock Island, Illinois: Augustana Book Concern, 1922). [an online edition is here]

Melanchthon, Philip,  Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2014).

Melanchthon, Philip,  Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1543 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1992).

Melanchthon, Philip,  The Chief Theological Topics: Loci Praecipui Theologici 1559 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2011).

Mueller, John Theodore, Christian Dogmatics (St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House, 1934).

Mueller, Steven P., Called to Believe, Teach, and Confess (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2005).

Nafzger, Samuel H., John F. Johnson, David A. Lumpp, and Howard W. Tepker, Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017).

Nervig, Casper B., Christian Truth and Religious Delusions (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1941).

Pieper, Francis, Christian Dogmatics (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1953).

Preus, Robert D., Getting into the Theology of Concord: A Study of the Book of Concord (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1977).

Preus, Robert, ed., Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics (Fort Wayne: International Foundation for Lutheran Confessional Research, various dates by volume).

Remensnyder, Junius Benjamin, The Lutheran Manual, (Watseka, Illinois: Just & Sinner Publishing, 2014). [an online edition is here]

Schlink, Edmund, Theology of the Lutheran Confessions (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1961).

Schmid, Heinrich, The Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3rd rev. ed. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1899). [an online edition is here]

Stump, Joseph, The Christian Faith: A System of Christian Dogmatics (Philadelphia: The Muhlenberg Press, 1942).

Voigt, Andrew George, Biblical Dogmatics (Columbia, South Carolina: Lutheran Board of Publication, 1917), CrossReach Publications edition, 2017. [an online edition is here]

Watson, Thomas, A Body of Divinity (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1692).

Wiedner, Revere Franklin, An Introduction to Dogmatic Theology (Brighton, IA: Just & Sinner Publishing, 2014). [an online edition is here]

About T. R. Halvorson

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of


Christian Dogmatics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson — 8 Comments

  1. @Sam #1

    This list is for English-reading lay people. English-reading lay Lutherans encounter non-Lutheran dogmas all around them. I decided to include one representative of the most common ideas they encounter in their cultures. Watson’s volume is that representation. It is a highly efficient and pithy work. And, he is far from being always wrong.

    Bibliographies in general include items not as endorsements, but for being literate and conversant. For example, I have included Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology, which is Lutheran, even though I am not so sure about it, because I cannot deny that to be literate and conversant, an English-reading lay Lutheran should know about it.

    By the way, I also included Allison, the now deceased Bishop of the South Carolina Diocese of the Episcopal Church, a confessional Anglican, for his helpful introduction to classic heresies.

  2. In addition to the Lutheran Confessions and the excellent Schlink book, I’ve only read one other on your extensive list…but it is the masterwork 3-volume Christian Dogmatics by F. Pieper. I cannot recommend anything as enthusiastically as this set. It took me a long time to get through it (I’m a slow reader and I take notes as I go), but it was worth every second. It should be mandatory reading for all Lutherans!

    By the way, between Chemnitz, Gerhard, and Melanchthon, whose work would you recommend as “best”? And thanks for this list.

  3. The Inspiration of Scripture (A study of the theology of the 17th century Lutheran dogmaticians), and the Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism I & II, by Dr. Robert Preus

    All three of these deal with dogmatics.

  4. Thanks so much for this list. I wish there was the same enthusiasm in Lutheranism for solid theology as there is in the Reformed (Calvinistic) community.

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