One of the foremost scholars of Christian dogmatic history was a Lutheran convert to Orthodoxy, Jaroslav Pelikan. This is how we have the same name attached to the impressive 50-something volume series, Luther's Works, as editor that is also attached to many important studies of, for instance, Eastern Orthodoxy.
His works accompanied me all through my graduate studies, and, all along, the vastness of this one man's intellectual accomplishment intimated and depressed me. His five volume The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine was for the late 20th Century what his model's, Adolf Harnack's, History of Dogma was for the early 20th. Harnack was a master, and so too Pelikan. Harnack was the more daring thinker; Pelikan the more disciplined historian. There is hardly any aspect of historical theology I have ever explored to which Pelikan has not made some significant contribution. He has made valuable contributions to Newman studies, to Augustine studies, and even upon the theology of Dante and Bach.
So, in light of all this, when as OLSWA librarian I was given a donation by Mr and Mrs James Doak, who indicated that some particular works of Pelikan that I had listed as needed by the Academy would be good to purchase with their donation, I did not hesitate at all. I am writing this post in the hope that their generosity would inspire some of you to do the same, to help with the much-needed expansion of our holdings.
These are the books I purchased with their donation: