Top 10 Books on Paleo-Orthodoxy | FREEDOM IN ORTHODOXY

Many 21st century theologians, such as Robert Webber, have recognized the similarities between the cultural climate of Classical Christianity and the postmodern West and, rightly in my opinion, have suggested that we employ the Church fathers as our spiritual guides in the mission of God in the world.

As is evident by the title of this blog, I roughly identify with the Paleo-Orthodox movement. As such, I hope to encourage others to look into it. As a result, I’ve put together a list of the top 10 books (in no particular order) that I know of for those interested in Paleo-Orthodoxy. Enjoy, and please do let me know if you have any additions or subtractions to make.

(1) Ancient-Future Faith by Robert Webber

(2) Scripture: A Very Theological Proposal by Angus Paddison

(3) Scripture and Tradition by Edith Humphrey

(4) Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine and Life by Geoffrey Wainwright

(5) Ancient and Postmodern Christianity by Kenneth Tanner and Christopher Hall

(6) The Rebirth of Orthodoxy by Thomas Oden

(7) After Modernity…What? by Thomas Oden

(8) Tradition, Scripture, and Interpretation by D. H. Williams

(9) Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalismby D. H. Williams

(10) Systematic Theology: Volume 1by Robert Jensen

This list is by no mean exhaustive. Works by Amos Yong and Alister Mcgrath could be thrown on there. Robert Webber’s whole Ancient-Future series is a great example of a comprehensive Paleo-Orthodox proposal. D. H. Williams and Thomas Oden both have other works that are certainly worth checking out. I highly encourage The Rebirth of Orthodoxy as a general introduction to Paleo-Orthodoxy. Oden is one of its most sophisticated proponents.

— Read on



Center for the Advancement of Paleo Orthodoxy

Thomas C Oden | Theopedia

Memories and Thoughts about Thomas Oden | Roger E. Olson


Back to the Fathers | CT

Eric Landstrom, “Thomas Oden’s Paleo-Orthodoxy” | Society of Evangelical Arminians

Paleo-Orthodoxy by Carl R. Trueman | First Things

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