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Some theologians refer to Systematic Theology as Dogmatic Theology because it is the teaching and doctrine of the Church and formulated by the Church during the centuries.

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A list of links to books that are out of copyright concerning Systematic Theology. They are free to download from the links listed here and are available in DJVU and PDF formats, and also can be read on-line. The books that are listed as "read on-line" are copyrighted but can be read on-line provided by Google. Only parts of these books can be read. We have tried to figure out the perspective from which the work is done but this is a serious task which requires to read so we may be wrong. Also not all authors are contemporary but they are representative to their tradition. Also our task here will be to cover as many different Christian traditions as possible so it would be interesting if we could rlist some books by authors by not so common Christian denominations. For a historical perspective go to Historical Studies & Theology in which the viewpoint is more historical than systematic.

General Perspective

Authors that share not one but many positions in their book. However they may share their own position among the others.

Erickson, Millard. Christian Theology ( Review & buy ) from a general perspective but shares his own evangelical views. It combines the biblical material with contemporary interpretations and historical interpretations. So it is a combination of biblical studies, historical and philosophical studies. I think this book is a must to read because in one volume you get a very broad perspective on Christian theology. Some editions like the Bulgarian one contain as footnotes the views of the Eastern Orthodox Churches with which the author is somehow unfamiliar. 

Guarino, Thomas G. Foundations of Systematic Theology (Read on-line)


Origen. De Principiis (translated in English)

Eastern-Orthodox Dogmatic Theology

John Damascene (or John of Damascus). An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox faith (VII - VIII Centuries)  According to: Schaff, Phillip. Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers series II, Volume 9

( Read on-line, Download as: PDF )

Pomazansky, Michael. Orthodox Dogmatic Theology (1888 - 1988) (Read on-line)

Lossky, Vladimir.Orthodox Theology: an Introduction (1903 -1958) (Read on-line)

Meyendorff, John. Byzantine Theology. Historical Trends and Doctrinal Themes (1973)  (Read excerpts on-line)

Giannaras, Chrēstos. Elements of Faith: An Introduction to Orthodox Theology (1983, 1991) (Read on-line)

Roman-Catholic Dogmatic Theology

Peter Lombard. Four Books of Sentences AKA  Sententiarum Quatuor Libri (12-th century)

Thomas Aquinas. Summa Teologica (1265–1274) - Translated in English.

(Read on-line, Download as: PDF )

Sancti Thomae de Aquino. Summa Theologiae (1265–1274). Summa Teologica in the original Latin text

Hunter, Sylvester Joseph.Outlines of Dogmatic Theology (1895)

Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3 (Read on-line and download as DJVU and PDF pages )

Fiorenza, Francis Schuessler; Galvin, John P. (Editors). Systematic Theology. Roman Catholic Aspects (1991) (Read on-line).

Anglican (AKA Anglo-Catholic) Dogmatic Theology

Darwell, Stone.Outlines of Christian Dogma (1903) A brief Anglican dogmatic theology from a biblical, systematic and historic perspective including the decisions of ecumenical counsels. It will be interesting to non-Anglican readers also.

Protestant Systematic / Dogmatic Theologies

Lutheran Systematic Theology

Voigt, A.G. Biblical Dogmatics (1917) from a Lutheran perspective. The book consists of lectures and it contains only 281 pages. It is a brief systematic theology from a biblical perspective which is really easy to read. 

 ( Read on-line and download as: DJVU, PDF )

Pannenberg, Wolfhart;  Bromiley,  Geoffrey W. Systematic theology, Volume 3 (1993) (Read on-line)

Reformed / Presbyterian / Calvinist Systematic Theology

Calvin, Jean (John). Institutes of the Christian Religion translated by Henry Beverage (1559, translated 1845)  a classic protestant reformed doctrinal book by John Calvin which is quite different then todays systematic theologies but still used and widely read by many. This is a must to read to understand Reformation thought. Volume I contains the original first book and a part of the second, volume II the original second part of the second book and the third book, volume III the original fourth book.

Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3 (Read on-line and download as DJVU and PDF pages )

Brown, John. A Compendious View of Natural and Revealed Religion (1817) AKA John Brown's Systematic Theology from a Puritan - Calvinist perspective

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Hodge, Charles. Systematic Theology (1872)  from a presbyterian perspective:

Volume 1, Volume 2 Volume 3 (Read on-line and download as DJVU and PDF pages )

Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology. New Combined Edition (1938, New ed. 1996) ( Read on-line )

Berkhof, Louis. Summary of Christian Doctrine ( Read on-line ) This is a concise version of Systematic Theology.

Murell, Stanford E. A Foundation for Faith. An Introductory Study of Systematic Theology (1998) from a presbyterian & reformed perspective.

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Cheung, Vincent. Systematic Theology (2003) (Read on-line)

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Congregational Systematic Theology

Chafer, Lewis Sperry. Systematic Theology. Volume 5 & 6 (Read on-line) Chafer is well known as one of the leaders of modern Christian Dispensationalism. His theology is particularly premillenial pretribulational dispensational. So this would be also an interesting book to pentecostal believers who hold such views.

Baptist Systematic Theology

Gill, John. Staughton, William (Editor) Gill's Complete Body of Practical and Doctrinal Divinity (1767, 1770, this edition 1810)  This edition contains the two books by John Gill: A Body of Doctrinal Divinity (1767) and A Body of Practical Divinity (1770). This way one gets a dogmatic /systematic and a practical theology in one book. Gill writes from a baptist perspective and uses Calvinistic soteriology.

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Boyce, James Petigru. Abstract of Systematic theology (1887)  This is a short systematic theology of 397 pages from a southern baptist theological perspective.

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Strong, Augustus Hopkins. Systematic Theology: a Compendium and Commonplace-book Designed for the Use of Theological Students (1907) from a reformed baptist perspective. This book is 805 pages long and was designed for the students at Rochester Theological Seminary

Methodist Systematic Theology (Arminian)

Miley, John. Systematic Theology (1892) from a methodist perspective:

Volume 1, Volume 2 (Read on-line and download as DJVU and PDF pages)

Terry, Milton Spenser. Biblical Dogmatics; An Exposition of the Principal Doctrines of the Holy Scriptures (1907) from a methodist perspective.  This is a 629 pages book written in an analytical way covering most of systematic theology.

( Read on-line and download as: DJVU, PDF )

Mennonite Systematic Theology

Finger, Thomas N. A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology (2004)  This is not a full systematic theology but it contains the most important aspects of the doctrine of modern Mennonite teaching.

Charismatic / Pentecostal Systematic Theology

Williams, John Rodman. Renewal Theology (1996) (Read on-line) form a presbyterian-charismatic perspective. This is a systematic theology by an presbyterian author who became a charismatic and wrote a systematic theology taking into consideration charistamtic teaching. It will be also interesting to pentecostal believers. is the website of the author on which you can read 6 more books on-line and many essays.

Horton. Stanley M. Systematic Theology: A Pentecostal perspective. For sorry this book is not available to read on-line even partially. If you find a link you may e-mail it to us.

Messianic Judaism

This group of resources is experimental. It is not sure that Messianic Judaism can be called Christianity at all so we include books here for the sake of being exhaustive.There is still no full systematic theology written from this perspective.

Cohn-Sherbok, Dan. Messianic Judaism (2000)

Neo-orthodox Systematic Theology

Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics. A Selection (1961)

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Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics. Volume I, Part 2. The Doctrine of The Word of God ( Read on-line )

Barth, Karl. The Humanity of God (1952) (Read on-line)

Tillich, Paul. Systematic Theology. University of Chicago Press (1957) (Read on-line) from a neo-orthodox, Christian existentialist perspective

Liberal Protestant Systematic / Dogmatic theology

Schleiermacher, Friedrich. The Christian Faith in Outline (1768-1834) translated by Baillie, Donald Macpherson (1922)

Listen To Lectures On-line

D-r Ware, Bruce from evangelical perspective:

Systematic Theology I  on www.biblical - Highly Recommended

Systematic Theology II on - Highly Recommended

Systematic Theology Sites

This sites have pages that have resources particularly in Systematic Theology.  A long list of on-line and PDF books on systematic theology. On this site you can also find audio lectures on different subject in theology.

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