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Religion 302 Course Guide: Christian Doctrine
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Reference Sources:    
Recommended Texts   back to top

Dogmatics in Outline. Barth, Karl. New York: Harper and Row, 1959.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
238.11 B282D

A Map of Twentieth-Century Theology: Readings from Karl Barth to Radical Pluralism. Braaten & Jenson, eds. Minneapolis:Fortress Press, 1995. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
230.0904 M32M

The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology in the Twentieth Century. Ford, David F., ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
230.0904 M72M [2 vols]

Twentieth-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age. Grenz & Olson.Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1992.  (Not in Thomason Library--available through PASCAL Delivers).

Always Being Reformed: Faith for a Fragmented World. Guthrie, Shirley. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
284.2 G984A

Basic Christian Doctrine: A Summary of Christian Faith: Catholic, Protestant, and Reformed. Leith, John H.   Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
230.42 L536B

The Reformed Imperative: What the Church Has to Say that No One Else Can Say. Leith, John H. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1988.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
230.5 L536R

Modern Christian Thought. Volume I: The Enlightenment and the Nineteenth Century. 2nd edition. Livingston, James C. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1997. 
(Not in Thomason library--available through PASCAL Delivers)

A New Handbook of Christian Theologians. Musser & Price, eds.  Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference:
R 230.092 N42N

On Being a Christian. Kung, Hans. Garden City: Doubleday and Company, 1976.

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 239 K962O

A History of Christian Theology: An Introduction. Placher, William C. Louisville: The Westminster Press, 1983.   Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 230.09 P69H

A History of Western Philosophy. Russell, Bertrand. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1945.  Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 109 R911H

A History of Christian Thought: From Its Judaic and Hellenistic Origins to Existentialism. Tillich, Paul. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection::
230.09 T465H

A Short History of Christian Thought. Urban, Linwood. New York: Oxford U. Press, rev. ed, 1995.   Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 230.09 Ur1S

Dictionaries   back to top

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

[Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.

  Based on the highly acclaimed Oxford Dictionary of the Christian    

  Church, this is an indispensable guide to every aspect of the

  Christian religion and life, including theology,patristic scholarship,

  churches and denominations, the church calendar and

  organization, and the Bible. There are also many entries on

  theologians, philosophers, painters, musicians, and writers of

  religious works.

The Dictionary of Bible and Religion, Abingdon Press, 1986.
Main Level, Reference:
R 203.21 D561D


A Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, Trinity Press International, 1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 220.3 D561D

The Dictionary of Historical Theology, W. B. Eerdmans Pub., c2000. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 230.09 D561D

A Dictionary of the Bible [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2002.  
Provides explanations of technical terms, methods of interpretation, and critical analysis, as well as notes on leading biblical scholars and their contributions. Also Includes denominational interpretations of the themes and doctrine of the Bible.

The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Abingdon Press, 1962.
Main Level, Reference:
R 220.3 In8I [4 vols plus suppl]

The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
[Gale Virtual Reference Library], Charles Scribner's and Sons, 2005.  
Covers main ideas and movements of global cultural history from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Use index to locate specific topics.
Also available in print: Main Level, Reference:
R 903 N42N [6 vols] 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford University Press, 1997

Main Level, Reference: R 203 Ox2O

For An abbreviated online version of this dictionary, see Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Eerdmans Publishing, 1964-1976.
Main Level, Reference:
R 225.3 K652T [9 vols plus index]

The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology, Westminster Press, 1983.
Main Level, Reference:
R 230.03 W528W

Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms, Westminster John Knox Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference:
R 230.03 M212W

Encyclopedias   back to top

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought. Alister E. McGrath, editor. Blackwell Pub.,1993.
Main Level, Reference: R 230.0903 B568B

Contemporary American Religion, Macmillan, 2000.       
Main Level, Reference:
R 200.973 C767C [2 vols]
More than 500 articles on many facets of religious life. Focus is on popular religious life, in all its diversity.

The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Eerdmans, 1999-2008.
Main Level, Reference:
R 230.003 En19E [5 vols]

Encyclopedia of the Early Church, Oxford University Press, 1992. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 270.103 D648E [2 vols]

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion, Corpus Publications, 1979.
Main Level, Reference:
R 203.21 En19E [3 vols]   
“Developed under Roman Catholic auspices and inspiration.”

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, Oxford University Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference:
R 270.6 Ox2O [4 vols]

Encyclopedia of American Religious History, Facts on File, 1996.  
Main Level, Reference:
R 200.973 Q31E [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of Religion [Gale Virtual Reference Library], Macmillan Reference USA,  2005.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 En19E [14 vols]

Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development
[Sage eReference], SAGE Publications, 2006.
Also available in print: Main Level, Reference:
R 200.83 En19E

Encyclopedia of Theology: The Concise Sacramentum Mundi, Seabury Press, 1975.  Main Level, Reference: R 201.1 En19E

Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia,
ABC CLIO, 2003.  Main Level, Reference: R 232.03 H814J [2 vols]
Nearly 200 A-Z entries. Covers Christian beliefs, worship and prayer, intellectual developments, and culture as well as interactions of Christianity with other world faiths.

     Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development Bookcover
Handbooks, Companions, Compendiums   back to top

Companion Encyclopedia of Theology, Routledge, 1995. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
230.0904 C738C  
Divided into six sections: The Bible, The Tradition, Philosophy, Spirituality, Practical Theology, and Christian Theology: Scene and Prospect.  Essays include: “Jesus in History and Belief,” “Christian Adoption of the Old Testament,” “Christian Theology and Other Faiths,”  “Theology as Praxis.”

Eerdmans’ Handbook to the Bible, Eerdmans, 1973.
Main Level, Reference:
R 220.0202 AI26E

A New Handbook of Christian Theologians, Abingdon Press, 1996. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 230.092 N42N
Contains 60 essays on representative Christian theologians--Protestant and Catholic, male and female, North American, South American, and Asian--in the latter half of the 20th century.

The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 230.03 Ox2O

The Oxford Companion to the Bible [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2003.
Ranging far beyond the scope of a traditional Bible dictionary, the Oxford Companion to the Bible provides an authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible. Written by more than 250 scholars from some 20 nations and embracing a wide variety of perspectives, the Companion features, in addition to its many informative, factual entries, an abundance of interpretive essays. Here are extended entries on religious concepts from immortality, sin, and grace, to baptism, ethics, and the Holy Spirit. Also available in print: Main Level, Reference: R 220.3 M568O

Profiles in Belief: The Religious Bodies of the United States and Canada, Harper & Row, 1977.
Main Level, Reference: R 200.973 P598P [4 vols]
Comprehensive, historical study of the religions of North America.  Vol.1: Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox. Vol.2: Protestant Denominations   Vol.3: Holiness & Pentecostal. Vol.4: Evangelical, Fundamentalist, & Other Christian Bodies.

The Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church, Alba House, 1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 230.2 C462C
This classic compendium of the documents which define the Christian faith as understood by Catholics includes the creeds of the Church from the earliest times, along with major extracts from all the important decrees and declarations of councils, pops and Vatican congregations touching on matters of faith. Arranged in chronological order under themes.

Commentaries   back to top

The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes, Abingdon Press, 1994-2002. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 220.7 N42N2

New Jerome Biblical Commentary, Prentice Hall, 1990.
Main Level, Reference:
R 220.7 N42N

New Bible Commentary, Eerdmans Publishing, 1970. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 220.7 G984N

Style Guides   back to top

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed., U.of Chicago Press, 2007.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection
: 808.02 T84M
Main Level, Reference:
R 808.02 T84M c.1
Main Level, Ready Reference: R 808.02 T84M c.2

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Locating Books   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books and other materials in theThomason Library. Search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich [as AUTHOR]

  Bonhoeffer, Dietrich [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to Christian doctrine:
  Christian Doctrine see Theology, Doctrinal
  Covenant Theology
  Liberation Theology
  Bible. N.T. John -- Commentaries
  Bible. N.T. Philippians -- Commentaries

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Type two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find into search box. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:
world* = world, worlds, worldly

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
AND redemption
Christian doctrine AND Bonhoeffer

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
mistake* OR error* OR errancy
(Christ OR Jesus) AND trinity

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, the other library catalogs below & library databases

PASCAL Catalog -If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCatA catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

Locating Articles:    
Journal Databases back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials [EBSCO] 
Database produced by the American Theological Association. Provides coverage of religion/theology journals as well as indexing of essay collections. Full text of some journals provided through ATLASerials. Full-text links to other databases provided when available.

Academic Search Premier [EBSCO]
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for nearly 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles.

Academic OneFile [Thomson Gale]
More than 11,000 titles and backfile coverage from 1980, covering a wide range of disciplines.  Citations with abstracts, with a large percentage of full-text articles and linked full-text.

Archival database of full-text articles from scholarly journals including behavioral science titles, as well as other disciplines.

Project  MUSE:  Basic Undergraduate Collection 
Current and recent volumes of 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Key Journals   back to top

Biblical Theology Bulletin
Publishes articles that promote understanding to help bridge the gap between ancient texts and modern contexts.

Church and Society
A publication of the Social Justice and Peacemaking Unit of thePresbyterian Church U.S.A.

Church History
Feature essays exploring a wide variety of subjects and extensive book reviews on all aspects of church history published for members of the American Society of Church History.

Currents in Theology and Mission
Contains theological and practical articles for ministers.

Harvard Theological Review    
The scope of the Review embraces the history and philosophy of religious thought in all traditions and periods, including Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Christianity, Jewish studies, theology, ethics, archaeology, and comparative religious studies.

International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church
Focuses on the theology of the Church and its life, ministry and mission.

Journal for the Study of the New Testament
All the many and diverse aspects of New Testament study are represented and promoted by the journal, including innovative work from historical perspectives, studies using social-scientific and literary theory or developing theological, cultural and contextual approaches.

Journal of Early Christian Studies
Focuses on the study of Christianity in the context of late ancient societies and religions from c.e. 100-700.

Journal of Religion
This journal "promotes critical and systematic inquiry into the meaning and import of religion. Not limited by ideological orientation, the journal embraces all areas of theology (biblical, historical, ethical, and constructive) as well as other types of religious studies (literary, social, psychological, and philosophical)."

Modern Theology
Original articles and book reviews on all aspects of modern theology.

New Testament Studies
"An international periodical whose contributors comprise the leading New Testament scholars writing in the world today. The journal publishes original articles and short studies in English, French and German on a wide range of issues pertaining to the origins, history and theology of the New Testament and early Christianity."


Web Sites   back to top

New Testament Gateway [Dr. Mark Goodacre, Department of Religion, Duke University]
“A comprehensive directory of academic internet resources related to the New Testament. It is divided into (at present) nine sub-directories and dozens of pages, each relating to a specific topic. Every link is annotated. The annotations help users to pinpoint the information for which they are looking.
The New Testament Gateway focuses on resources that will be of interest to both scholars and students of the New Testament.”

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
“Browse by Subject” page provides links to topic:”Doctrinal Theology.” Of particular interest, see page “Christianity: Beliefs, Creeds, History, Practices, Trends, Relics, Etc.”

Virtual Religion Index
VRI analyzes & highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research. Hyperlinks are provided not only to homepages but to major directories & documents within. Our purpose is not to circumvent tours of worthy sites, but to cut down the time spent on surfing & sorting of automated searches.  Two categories of particular note, Biblical Studies and Christian Tradition, provide several subcategories with extensive links.

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