6. Basic Bibliography

(Texts marked with * I own. Texts with + I don’t own but have used/read.)

Anthologies of Classic Christian Texts
Bettenson, Henry, ed. Documents of the Christian Church, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1963.)*
Foster, Richard J. and Emilie Griffen, eds. Spiritual Classics. (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2000.)*
Foster, Richard J. and James Bryan Smith, eds. Devotional Classics. (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.)*
Richardson, Cyril C. Early Christian Fathers. (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1953.)*
Rowell, Geoffrey; Kenneth Stevenson, and Rowan Williams, eds. Love’s Redeeming Work: The Anglican Quest for Holiness. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.)*

Series of Classic Christian Texts for those who want more than a taste but aren’t sure where to look
The Early Church Fathers. This comprises the three series The Ante-Nicene Fathers and Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers vols. I & II. Hendrickson, 1994. (cbd.com)
Loyola Classics is a series of classic Catholic novels published by the Loyola Press; I have Helena and Mr. Blue from this series, and it is definitely worth a perusal. (loyolapress.org)
The Library of Christian Classics. This 26-volume set covers from early church fathers (the volume I own) through Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Reformation. (cbd.com)
The Popular Patristics Series. Published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, this series of 33 volumes offers Eastern Patristic writers in readable, affordable English translations. (svspress.com)
Some books in the Cistercian Studies Series are translations of classic texts, such as the sayings of the Desert Fathers.

Protestant Books Concerning “Classic” Christianity & The Disciplines
Foster, Richard J. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home.*
—. The Celebration of Discipline.*
Hall, Christopher A. Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers.*
—. Learning Theology with the Church Fathers.*
Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity.*
Oden, Thomas C. The Rebirth of Orthodoxy. HarperCollins, 2002.+
Willard, Dallas. The Spirit of the Disciplines.*

Lives of Those Who Have Gone Before
Butler’s Lives of the Saints
The Dictionary of Christian Biography
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints*
There are also series of missionary biographies.

Online Resources
The Christian Classics Ethereal Library: ccel.org
The Cyber Hymnal: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/
Early Christian Writings: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/
The Fathers @ New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers
The Internet Medieval Sourcebook (not strictly Christian, but some good stuff is here): http://www.fordham.edu/halsall.sbook.html
The Oremus Hymnal: http://www.oremus.org/hymnal
The St. Pachomius Library (EO): http://www.voskrese.info/spl/index.html
The Tertullian Project (about Tertullian with his works, life, and links to other Fathers): http://www.tertullian.org/

Likeminded Organisations
The Prayer Book Society of Canada: http://www.prayerbook.ca/
More to come later!

Anglican Mainstream, “Anglo-Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, Charismatic”: http://www.anglican-mainstream.net/
Gloria Deo: Wesleyan-glican Ramblings: http://gloria-deo.blogspot.com/
Hyperekperissou: http://uperekperisou.blogspot.com/
The Internet Monk, “Dispatches from the Post-Evangelical Wilderness”: http://www.internetmonk.com/
John Michael Talbot: http://johnmichaeltalbot.blogspot.com/

Eastern Orthodox
Ancient Faith Radio: http://ancientfaith.com/
Orthodox Saints and Feasts: http://www.abbamoses.com/
Roman Catholic
The Catholic Encyclopedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/index.html
Jeremy’s Blog: http://classiccanadian.blogspot.com/
The Rest of New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/

Eastern Orthodox Resources
Carlton, Clark. The Faith: What Every Protestant Should Know About the Orthodox Church. Worth a look, although you may find yourself not fitting his description of “Protestant.”+
The Orthodox Study Bible. The entire Bible is coming out now, not just the NT, with a new translation of the Septuagint.+
The Philokalia+. There is a multi-volume English translation of the complete Philokalia. There are also anthologies of selections from throughout this work, chiefly ones on prayer.
Schmemann, Alexander. For the Life of the World.*
Ware, Kallistos (Timothy). The Orthodox Way.
Ware, Timothy (Kallistos). The Orthodox Church.*
The Way of a Pilgrim. Excellent book available in various English translations. I lost my first copy and gave away my second. Someday I’ll get a third.+

Roman Catholic Resources NB: With many thanks to Jeremy Johnson (books marked with # are his recommendations)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church*
Chesterton, GK. Orthodoxy.*
—. St. Francis of Assisi.*
—. St. Thomas Aquinas.
Howard, Thomas. On Being Catholic. #
Knox, Ronald. What Catholics Believe. #
Ratzinger, Joseph. (Benedict XVI) Introduction to Christianity. #
Talbot, John Michael. The Music of Creation.*
—. The Lessons of St. Francis.*
—. Any of his CDs, my favourites being The Regathering, Meditations from Solitude, and the one that is all music from the Mass.
—. His blog (see link above).
Wilken, Robert Louis. Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God. #


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