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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

Making Love with Scripture
Jacob D. Myers (Author)
Release date: November 1, 2015

Arguments over Scripture have divided denominations, churches, and families, and these squabbles have led many to abandon the faith altogether. Jacob D. Myers, a rising scholar, has a solution to our problem with Scripture.

Hoping Against Hope
John D. Caputo (Author), Peter Rollins (Author of the Foreword)
Release date: October 1, 2015

John D. Caputo has a long career as one of the preeminent postmodern philosophers in America. The author of such books as Radical Hermeneutics, The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, and The Weakness of God, Caputo now reflects on his spiritual journey from a Catholic altar boy in 1950s Philadelphia to a philosopher after the death of God. Part spiritual autobiography, part homily on what he calls the “nihilism of grace,” Hoping Against Hope calls believers and nonbelievers alike to participate in the “praxis of the kingdom of God,” which Caputo says we must pursue “without why.”

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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.