Guided Reading Course

The Emmanuel Guided Reading Course centres around John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, perhaps the single most significant work of Reformed theology ever written. Other books studied include works by Reformed writers such as Herman Bavinck and Louis Berkhof, highlights from the early church Fathers such as Athanasius’ On the Incarnation, and some of the best recent Reformed evangelical writing, including John Frame, Peter Leithart, John Murray and O. Palmer Robertson.

You’ll need to own some of the books. The course is deliberately structured to minimise this expense, and to make sure that you only have to buy the very best works. If you’re serious about understanding Christian theology, you’d probably want to buy these books at some stage anyway.

Here is a list of the books you'll need to own, together with approximate costs if purchased new (note that many of them can be found considerably cheaper on Amazon or AbeBooks):

  • Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology (London: Banner of Truth, 1959) £15
  • Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics vol. 2: God and Creation (tr. John Bolt; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004) £28
  • John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 vols; tr. F. L. Battles; Westminster/John Knox Press, 1960) £49 [Note: this is the 2-volume hardback set, not the single-volume edition translated by Henry Beveridge.]
  • Peter J. Leithart, A House For My Name (Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2000) £13
  • Peter J. Leithart, Against Christianity (Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2003) £10
  • John Murray, The Imputation of Adam’s Sin (Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1977) £7
  • O. Palmer Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants (Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1980) £9
  • Helmut Thielicke, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962) £5

All other reading material, together with other course documents, are included in the course fees.