(In no particular order)
1. Gregory of Nyssa, Dogmatic Treatises (NPNF Series II volume 5). Good, if long-winded discussion of God’s attributes and essence and the distinctions within God’.
2. Basil the Great, Works and Letters (NPNF Series II volume 8). Exciting glimpse into the life of the church, along with suggestions of how to navigate out of certain “canonical” messes (found in the “Letters” part). Excellent trinitarian reasoning.
3. John McGuckin, Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy. Splendid discussion of Cyril’s Christology. Demonstrates how the Chalcedonian church saw Cyril as the test of Orthodoxy.
4. Lee McDonald, The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon. McDonald doesn’t pursue it, but his reasoning fully deconstructs sola scriptura. Responds to “But the Jews had a canon!” claims and other similar claims. McDonald, being a watered-down evangelical, fumbles the ball at the end after looking modernity in the eye (and quailing).
5. Thomas Torrance, The Ground and Grammar of Theology. I actually listened to the audio lectures on the book, but the same principle is there. Shows how a Patristic Christology saves both science and faith.
6. Joseph Farrell, God, History, and Dialectic. Somebody please put this into a real book. This annoyance almost undoes whatever good qualities the book has. In any case, the book redefines worldviews. Probably shaped my reasoning more than anything else.
7. Hieromonk Ambrose, The Life and Times of Fr. Seraphim Rose. A cross between Augustine’s Confessions and Louis L’amour. Awe-inspiring. We see Fr Seraphim as a modern Tsarist Knight against Nihilism–and we should aspire to similar aims.
8. Seraphim Rose, Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future. The modern phenomena of fringe elements of society becoming mainstream, as well as a watering down of religious and cultural mores is a preparation for Antichrist.
9. David Engleman, Ultimate Things. While bad exegesis at times, good meditations on how the fall of Tsarism unleashed the forces of Antichrist on the world (which the rest of the century demonstrated).