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Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, Harper San Francisco; ISBN: 0060652926; 2001

A great none denominatonal classic.


The Case for Faith, by Lee Strobel, Zondervan Publishing House; ISBN: 0310234697; 2000

A clear evangelical statement of faith and the reasons for belief.

The Essential Catholic Handbook: A Summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers (Redemptorist Pastoral Publication) by John O'Connor, Liguori Publications; ISBN: 0892439106; 1997

One of the most popular introductions to modern Roman Catholicism


New Testament Documents : Are They Reliable? by Frederick Fyvie Bruce, Intervarsity Press; ISBN: 087784691X; 1984

A basic book on the New Testament

David Hugh Freedman and David Freedman, A Philosophical Study of Religion, The Craig Press, Nutley, New Jersey, 1964, pp. 267.
Written from a distinctly Reformed Christian viewpoint this work raises many issues normally overlooked by more liberal scholars. As such it is a good complement to Kaufmann's more caustic writing.
Christopher Dawson, edited by James Oliver and Christiana Scott, Religion and World History, Image Books, Doubleday, New York, 1973.
An excellent introduction to religious history by an insightful Roman Catholic historian.  This book is very well worth making an effort to read.
Abraham Kuyper, Lectures on Calvinism, Wm. Be. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1968, pp. 199.
Originally the text of a series of lectures delivered at Princeton University these essays provide a framework within which Christian students can begin to tackle the immense problems of religious diversity and cultural pluralism.
Abraham Kuyper, Principles of Sacred Theology, Wm. Be. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1968, pp. 683.
Although a theology text many parts of this work apply to issues in Religious Studies, especially Kuyper's stimulating discussion about the meaning of "faith."
James Orr, The Christian View of God and the World, Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1948, pp. 480
Although somewhat dated owing to its original date of publication in 1891, many of the discussions, particularly those found in the extended footnotes apply directly to issues in Religious Studies.
Herman Bavinck, The Philosophy of Revelation, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1979, pp. 349.
Another theological work with important implications for the study of religion written by Kuyper's colleague Herman Bavinck in 1909.  Although dated it is still a valuable resource for the Christian student.
Auguste Lecerf, An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1981, pp. 403..
A French Calvinist's approach to the study of religion and theology which has stimulating discussions of Durkheim and various other figures whose work affects our thinking about the nature of religion.
G.C. Berkouwer, Man: The Image of God, Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1962.
Francis Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer, Westchester, Illinois, Crossway Books, 1985
Essential background thinking for a Christian interpretation of other religious traditions.
G.C. Berkouwer, General Revelation, Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1955.
This should be read alongside Berkouwer's book Man: The Image of God.  It deals with Biblical approaches to revelation outside the Bible.
Arthur F. Holmes, Contours of a World View, Wm B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1983, pp. 240.
Apart from knowing about other religious traditions it is important for Christians to have a broad vision of their own religion. This text provides such a vision and helps the reader find other sources for information on Christianity.An excellent survey of Christian approaches to non‑Christian religions by an outstanding Dutch scholar.
Tucker Callaway, Zen Way‑Jesus Way, Charles E. Turtle and Co., Rutland, Vermont, 1976.
A remarkable book by a Southern Baptist missionary.
Eric J. Sharpe, Faith Meets Faith: Some Christian Attitudes to Hinduism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, SCM Press, London, 1977.
A very useful survey which sets inter‑religious discussion in its historical context.
Eric J. Sharpe, Not to Destroy but to Fulfil: The Contribution of J.N. Farquhar to Protestant Missionary Thought in India Before 1914, Swedish Institute of Missionary Research, Uppsala, 1965.
A valuable, in depth, study of one missionary's interaction with Hinduism.

J. Verkuyl, Contemporary Missiology, Wm. Be. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1978.
The value of this book lies in the wide range of topics covered and its excellent bibliographies.
Kenneth Cragg, Christ and the Faiths, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1986
A modern Christian approach to other religious traditions.
J.H. Bavinck, The Church Between Temple and Mosque, Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, n.d.,
A stimulating and orthodox Christian attempt to interpret the reality of religious pluralism.