Christian Classics Curriculum (Reading List)

Christian Classics Curriculum

Here is a reading list of Christian Classic Literature that I received from The Gospel Coalition that was created by Mark Dever and Michael J. Thate. I changed the format from a schedule to a list, and then placed strikes through books that I've read. (You may find a mirror of the original schedule version here.) I will update this list as I finish books.

Early Church

  1. Henry Bettenson, Documents of the Early Church
  2. The Martyrdom of Polycarp
  3. Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians
  4. Irenaeus, Against All Heresies
  5. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians (I've read the entire apostolic fathers volume)
  6. St Chrysostom, Homilies on the Gospel of St John
  7. St Chrysostom, Homilies on the Epistle to the Hebrews


  1. Augustine, Confessions
  2. Augustine, City of God
  3. Augustine, Doctrinal Treatises (ed. Schaff)(especially On the Holy Trinity)
  4. Augustine, Moral Treatises (ed. Schaff)
  5. Augustine, Anti-Pelagian Writings

Martin Luther

  1. Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
  2. Heiko A. Oberman, Luther: Man Between God and Devil
  3. Timothy F. Lull and William R. Russell, eds., Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings
  4. Luther, The Bondage of the Will
  5. Luther, Table Talk
  6. Luther, Commentaries on Romans
  7. Luther, Commentaries on Galatians (50% complete)

John Calvin

  1. Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume One
  2. Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume Two
  3. Bernard Cottret, Calvin: A Biography, (Bruce Gordon, Calvin)
  4. Theodore Beza, The Life of John Calvin
  5. Calvin, Commentaries on Genesis, Psalms, Romans, Galatians, Philippians, etc. (In progress...)

Richard Sibbes

  1. Sibbes, The Bruised Reed and the Smoking Flax
  2. Sibbes, The Glorious Feast of the Gospel
  3. Sibbes, The Spiritual Man’s Aim
  4. Sibbes, A Glance of Heaven
  5. Sibbes, The Saint’s Comforts
  6. Sibbes, Salvation Applied

Richard Baxter

  1. Baxter, The Reformed Pastor
  2. Baxter, The Practical Works

John Bunyan

  1. Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (25% complete)
  2. Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

John Owen

  1. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor, eds., Communion with the Triune God
  2. Kapic and Taylor, eds., Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen
    1. Of The Mortification of Sin In Believers
    2. Of Temptation: The Nature And Power Of It
    3. Indwelling Sin
  3. John Owen, Death of Death in the Death of Christ
  4. John Owen, The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

Jonathan Edwards

  1. Iain H. Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography
  2. George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards: A Life
  3. Edwards, Freedom of the Will
  4. Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits
  5. Edwards, Religious Affections
  6. John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards (With the Complete Text of “The End for Which God Created the World”) (alt: "Ethical Writings" Vol. 8 WJE Online)
  7. Wilson H. Kimnach, Kenneth P. Minkema, and Douglas A. Sweeney, The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader
  8. Edwards, Resolutions. 

Charles H. Spurgeon

  1. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students
  2. Spurgeon, Autobiography
  3. Spurgeon, Till He Comes
  4. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David
  5. Spurgeon, any number of his various sermons

Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield

  1. Warfield, Revelation and Inspiration (vol. 1 of his complete works)
  2. Warfield, Biblical Doctrines (vol. 2)
  3. Warfield, Calvin and Calvinism (vol. 5) (alt: "Calvin and Augustine" + "Calvin's Doctrine of Creation")
  4. Warfield, Studies in Theology (vol. 9)

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

  1. Iain H. Murray, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years (1899 – 1939)
  2. Iain H. Murray, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Fight of Faith (1939 – 1981)
  3. Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures
  4. Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
  5. Lloyd-Jones, Great Doctrines of the Bible: God the Father, God the Son; God the Holy Spirit; The Church and Last Things

C. S. Lewis

  1. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  2. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
  3. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
  4. Lewis, God in the Dock
  5. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
  6. Lewis, Screwtape Letters (Started)
  7. Lewis, The Pilgrim’s Regress

Blaise Pascal

  1. Pascal, Pensées

Contemporary Authors

  1. J. I. Packer, Knowing God
  2. J. I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
  3. John Stott, The Cross of Christ
  4. Carl F. H. Henry, The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism
  5. Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who Is There; Escape from Reason; He Is There And He Is Not Silent

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  1. How are you dealing with Baxter’s the practical works… there is no way to read these in one month…

    • I’ve put this reading list on pause. It was helpful as a start. Baxter is interesting for his missionary use of the reformed confessions. He also had a form of universalism that is fascinating. I will finish it eventually.

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