Fortress Press

Of course, by writing we refer to the kinds of reflections, essays, and exams students will have to complete in the seminary classroom. But writing also encompasses the many modes of communication and self-discovery that creative expression can unlock. Writing Theologically introduces writing not just as an academic exercise but as a way for students to communicate the good news in rapidly changing contexts, as well as to discover and craft their own sense of vocation and identity. Most important will be guiding students to how they might begin to claim and hone a distinctive theological voice that is particularly attuned to the contexts of writer and audience alike.

In a collection of brief, readable essays, this volume, edited by Eric D. Barreto, emphasizes the vital skills, practices, and values involved in writing theologically. That is, how might students prepare themselves to communicate effectively and creatively, clearly and beautifully, the insights they gather during their time in seminary? Each contribution includes practical advice about best practices in writing theologically; however, the book also stresses why writing is vital in the self-understanding of the minister, as well as her or his public communication of the good news.
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451483406
  • eBook ISBN 9781451496598
  • Pages 157
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Publication Date April 1, 2015


“For those called to ministry and theology who are anxious about one of the essentials task of theological studies, Writing Theologically provides a readable and encouraging introduction to developing the skills of theological writing, not as an observer, but a practitioner. The authors provide creative guidance and practical advice that will help a person to become competent in theological writing, recognize its potential for ministry, and learn to enjoy it as well.”
—Edwin David Aponte
Palmer Seminary of Eastern University
“This is an about time book! About time that a courageous and insightful group of theological scholars took the time to demystify the writing process within its many modes of communication so that students, pastors, and nonprofit leaders, instead of approaching writing with fear and trepidation, can embrace the wonderful art of writing in their authentic voices to communicate the good news with clarity, creative energy, and compassion. Kudos! This is a must-read for every person of faith!”
Joanne Rodríguez
Hispanic Theological Initiative/Consortium
“At McCormick we keep talking about ways to support stronger writing and to cultivate the theological voices of our students. Here is a book that I can imagine being used by any professor in any class we teach in our curriculum, and also by our faculty as a whole to talk with each other about improving theological writing. It directly speaks to a challenge we all face.”
Ted Hiebert
McCormick Theological Seminary