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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.

 

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 Gruenisen, 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

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.

Cross Vision How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence
Gregory A. Boyd (Author)
Release date: August 15, 2017

Renowned pastor-theologian Gregory A. Boyd tackles the Bible’s biggest dilemma.

The Old Testament God of wrath and violence versus the New Testament God of love ...

Kent Dobson (Author)
Release date: August 1, 2017

Kent Dobson climbed Mount Sinai in search of the God who had eluded him.

Instead he got bitten by a camel.

The senior pastor of one of the most prominent churches in America, Dobson was growing disillusioned with his faith.

One Sunday, he preached, "I don’t know what the word God means anymore." He left the church, but his quest for God became more intense than ever.

On the foundation of Jesus and the Bible, Dobson reconstructs a faith that is life-giving and true—true to himself and true to God.

The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Church History: Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers
Bill Leonard (Author), Tripp Fuller (Editor)
Release date: July 15, 2017

Amid the ferment of dissent and the protests of heretics, the church developed most significantly. This guide introduces that history by looking at those periods, ...

Limping But Blessed
Jason Jones (Author)
Release date: April 1, 2017

After the unexpected, accidental death of his three-year-old son, Jason Jones went on a long, painful journey to make sense of how God could have ...

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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.