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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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A look inside the books

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

The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End TImes
Jeffrey C. Pugh (Author), Tripp Fuller (Editor)
Release date: August 1, 2016

People still believe that Jesus is returning to earth . . . and soon! Just like the first followers of Jesus, millions of Christians hold fast to the idea that they are living in the last days, yet here we are, two thousand years later, still waiting. In The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times Jeffrey C. Pugh recounts his own brief sojourn in an apocalyptic cult. He goes on to show where the current church has gone wrong, and he explains how to fix it.

Bipolar Faith
Release date: July 1, 2016

Bipolar Faith is both spiritual autobiography and a memoir of mental illness. In this powerful book, Monica A. Coleman shares her life-long dance with trauma, depression, and the threat of death. Coleman offers a rare account of how the modulated highs of bipolar II can lead to professional success, while hiding a depression that even her doctors rarely believed. Only as she was able to face her illness was she able to live faithfully with bipolar. And in the process, she discovered a new and liberating vision of God.

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Richard Beck (Author)
Release date: May 1, 2016

The devil has fallen on hard times. Surveys say that even the majority of Christians doubt his existence. And burdened by doubts skeptical believers find themselves divorced from Jesus’ dramatic confrontation with Satan in the Gospels and the struggle that galvanized the witness of the early church. Reviving Old Scratch reintroduces the devil to the modern church with a biblical, bold and urgent vision of spiritual warfare where we resist the devil by joining the Kingdom of God’s subversive campaign to interrupt the world with love. 

Jesus' Abba
Release date: March 1, 2016

In Jesus’ Abba, one of the greatest theologians of this generation boldly argues for a new view of God, through the eyes of Jesus. John B. Cobb Jr. interprets the whole of Jesus’ life and ministry, death and resurrection, in light of Jesus’ understanding of God. Ultimately, Cobb argues that Jesus’ view of God fits our actual experience today. With this book, John B. Cobb Jr. makes his ultimate and most impassioned plea for use to rediscover God, through Jesus.

Stars
Paul Wallace (Author)
Release date: March 1, 2016

Relying on his upbringing as a Baptist, his doctoral work in experimental nuclear physics and gamma-ray astronomy, and his ordination to the gospel ministry, Paul Wallace weaves a book unlike any other in faith-and-science literature. 

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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.