Operating under the "Know Thy Enemy" premise, I've been thinking I should read some of the more important works of theology to have a better handle (and/or more ammunition) on "sophisticated" religion. I'm assuming the something by Paul Tillich, Teilhard de Chardin, and Soren Kierkegaard would be important but I don't know which ones.

What other works or authors exemplify the "best practices" of theology as it is currently practiced? Is there a good introductory survey work I should explore? At the moment, I'm restricting my research to the Christian religion. Judaism and eastern thought is on the list for later.

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If you want to give modern Chritian mysticism a look, I suggest

Simone Weil - Gravity and Grace
Etty Hillesum - The Diaries and Letters

Both are good examples of Christian "theology" I actually respect.




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