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Theology for the People

Theology for the People is just that: It’s theology, broadly conceived, and it’s for the people—that is, for everyone. We are bringing readers and writers together around the topics of God, truth, reality, ethics, and sacred text, and we catalyze conversations around ideas that matter.

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Our theologies are forged in the fires of our own contemporary conflicts and changes. . .

"Pro tip: there is not, nor has there ever been, one way of reading scripture. All theologies of scripture are laden with ideological, political, and ethnocentric assumptions. What we must recognize are the ways in which our circumstances and prejudices shape our interpretations and theologies of scripture. Furthermore, because there is no one, absolute, and unalterable mode of interpretation, Christ-followers must develop the capacity to think critically about the ways in which our theologies are forged in the fires of our own contemporary conflicts and changes."
—Introduction

Where is this quote from?

I mean, really, if Jesus walked up to you and asked 'who do you say that I am?' what would you say?

“I mean, really, if Jesus walked up to you and asked "who do you say that I am?" what would you say? I, for one, would not rattle off those words from the Chalcedoneon council: "You are two oosias in one hypostatic union, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation."
—Chapter 4

Where is this quote from?

Without God we can do nothing, but then again without us God can do nothing. . .

“Without God we can do nothing, but then again without us God can do nothing. Without us, nothing gets done in the name of God, since the name of God is the name of a call for something to be done by us.” 
​—Chapter 6

Where is this quote from?

 I marvel at the fact that in all my years of church going and formal Bible training, never was I told this. . .

“The apostle Paul says that our 'new self' is to 'be angry.' I marvel at the fact that in all my years of church going and formal Bible training, never was I told this. Yet Scripture says it plainly. First, it says to put on the 'new self' (Ephesians 4:24, NASB), and second, to 'speak the truth' (4:25), and third, to 'be angry, and yet do not sin' (4:26).”
—Chapter 2

Where is this quote from?

The Editors

Tony Jones
Tony Jones, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Theology for the People

United Theological Seminary, Theoblogy

Lisa Gruenisen
Lisa Kloskin, Acquisitions Editor for Theology for the People

Fortress Press

Theology for the People Advisory Board

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Xochitl Alvizo

Boston University, co-founder of Feminism & Religion

Daniel White Hodge
Daniel White Hodge
Stina Busman Jost
Stina Busman Jost
Jessica Kast-Keats
Jes Kast
Jake Myers
Jacob D. Myers

Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia

José Morales Jr.
José Morales Jr.

Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont, California

Project Proposals

Books

Kyle Roberts (Author)
Release date: December 1, 2017

The virgin birth is a much-loved story in the Christian tradition, but many theologians dispute the tradition of the virginal conception on both historical and scientific grounds. 

A Protestant theologian, husband, and father, Kyle Roberts was growing unsure of his belief in Mary’s virginity. So he set out to investigate the virgin birth from every angle.

A Complicated Pregnancy records his fascinating journey through the evidence and the myth, through history, biblical interpretation, and church politics. His conclusion surprised him, and it will surprise you, too.

Surviving the Bible
Christian Piatt (Author)
Release date: November 1, 2017

Using the annual lectionary as his guide, Christian Piatt has put together a devotional that allows us to read through major parts of the Old and New Testaments. Every week has four Scripture readings, glossary terms, deeper thoughts, and a closing prayer.

Start anywhere. Set it down and come back to it. Use it as an in-depth study guide or a daily devotional. There’s no "wrong way" to use Surviving the Bible. Engage ancient texts in new ways that make sense, here and now, maybe for the first time.

Richard Beck (Author)
Release date: November 1, 2017

When Richard Beck first led a Bible study at a maximum security prison, he went to meet God. His own faith was flagging, but Beck still believed the promise of Matthew 25, that when we visit the prisoner, we visit Jesus.

With his signature combination of biblical reflection, theological reasoning, and psychological insight, Beck shows how God always meets us in the marginalized and the refugee. God comes to us in the poor, the crippled, the smelly. 

Amber Cantorna (Author)
Release date: October 1, 2017

In 2012, at the age of twenty-seven, Amber Cantorna came out to her family as gay. As the daughter of a Focus on the Family ...

Holy Rover
Lori Erickson (Author)
Release date: September 1, 2017

Holy Rover is about the transformative power of travel.

If you’ve ever been curious about the ancient spiritual practice of pilgrimage, come along with Lori Erickson as she explores a dozen holy sites around the world.

Travel writer, Episcopal deacon, and author of the Holy Rover blog at Patheos, Erickson is an engaging guide for pilgrims eager to take a spiritual journey.

Both irreverent and devout, Holy Rover describes travels that changed her life—and can change yours, too.

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Updates

Advisory Board is Announced!
April 5, 2015
We are proud to announce the scholars and practicing theologians who will serve on the advisory board for Theology for the People! Each member brings a unique perspective to the project.