Most top 10 lists are subjective. They just mean “favorite” and not necessarily “best” (unless of course they’re based on some kind of objective data like sales or something like that) but Michael Patton has posted perhaps the worst top 10 list I’ve ever seen with regard to systematic theology texts. Atop his list at #1 is Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine! What?!! How?!!
I’ll also note that this seems like a re-post of some older material (something that is very common on the P&P blog) [edit: Michael informed me in a comment that he wrote this today] since Patton says Frame’s Theology of Lordship series is only three volumes (he also says that Geisler’s set is three volumes in the comments but that’s probably just a mistake, although it’s not a mistake when he says that Geisler isn’t really worth referencing) when, in fact, it has recently been completed with its fourth volume.
One thing is clear, Patton favors Calvinistic STs (although not strictly Reformed volumes). Jenson and Pannenberg don’t get nary a mention and Oden is the lone non-Calvinist on the list, which is cool, but c’mon, would Chafer make anyone else’s top 10 and would Grudem come in at #1 anywhere else? I doubt it. He said he thought about Bavinck in the comments but didn’t include it because it wasn’t practical. From my reading of volume 1 I’d place it head and shoulders above 7 out of his 10 picks (I’d put Van Genderen & Velema’s recent Concise Reformed Dogmatics in the same category, i.e., it’s better from what I’ve read so far than most of his picks). I think Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics would make my list over most of what made Patton’s as well.
But let me just once again mention was makes this list so horrible: he puts Grudem at #1!!!