Over at Faith and Theology a theologian lists what he views as the ten most important latter-day books on the Trinity.
An interesting thing about this list is that it shows the radical divide between philosophers (philosophy of religion specialists, philosophical theologians) like me, and (theologically trained) theologians. None of these books has been big topic of discussion among the former, and I’ve read pretty much all the recent literature by the former on the Trinity. One can actually, with effort, read all of that literature, whereas theological writing on the Trinity seems a bottomless pit, and often a dark abyss of unclarity to boot.
The theologians, of course, return the favor, ignoring the philosophers. I’m willing to bet that in those recent books, there isn’t so much as a single reference to Richard Swinburne’s work, or to Brian Leftow, or Stephen T. Davis.
With the exception of book #2, I haven’t carefully looked at any of the books on the list. Just bought the LaCugna book, as I see it often referred to, and I’ve been thinking about the Torrance book, which I’ve seen praised.
A question for my theology-degreed readers: which, if any, of these books are really essential reading? Which, if any, are really serious, if you know what I mean? Life is too short to read bad books on the Trinity, and I already have a shelf full of ’em.