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Where to Start: Theology Textbooks

Whether you are a new professor choosing books for the first time or an experienced educator looking for what’s new in the field, Fortress Press has you covered. Browse our most popular Theology titles below.

Introductions to Theology

How to Think Theologically
Howard W. Stone; James O. Duke
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This book equips readers for the vibrant work of making religious sense of concrete life situations. Learn more!

Taking its cue from the Bible, this introductory text considers the impact of language, history and culture, as well as of science, philosophy and other religions, on Christians. Learn more!

Thinking Theologically
Eric D. Barreto (Editor)
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This edited volume, part of the Foundations for Learning series, emphasizes the vital skills, practice, and values involved in thinking theologically. Learn more!

Writing Theologically
Eric D. Barreto (Editor)
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In a collection of brief, readable essays, this volume emphasizes the vital skills, practices, and values involved in writing theologically. Learn more!

Reading Theologically
Eric D. Barreto (Editor)
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Reading Theologically is a vital resource for students beginning the seminary process and professors of introductory level seminary courses. Learn more!

Exploring Theology
Elaine A. Robinson
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Elaine A. Robinson introduces readers to the study of theology as a central task of all Christians and one that deserves careful and consistent attention. Learn more!

Systematic Theologies

Thoroughly revised and expanded, this third edition is explicitly crafted to address our postmodern context and explains the whole body of Christian historical doctrine from within a "proleptic" framework. Learn more!

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives
Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, John P. Galvin (Editors)
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Unique among contemporary resources, this landmark systematic theology and its distinguished contributors present the major areas or loci of Roman Catholic theology in light of contemporary developments. Learn more!

Kristin Johnston Largen explores systematic theology in the broader context of interreligious dialogue with Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam to better understand the Christian tradition.

Kristin Johnston Largen returns to expand the systematic theology she began in the original volume, preparing students of theology for the task of understanding and articulating their Christian beliefs in the context of a religiously and culturally diverse world.

Constructive Theology

Fifty of North America's top teaching theologians have devised a text that allows students to experience the deeper point of theological questions. Learn more!

This book traces the overall historical arc of constructive theology, from proto-movement through the present. Learn More!

Coming Full Circle: Constructing Native Christian Theology
Steven Charleston, Elaine A. Robinson (Editors)
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Drawing together leading scholars in the field, this volume encourages theologians to reconsider the rich possibilities present in the intersection between Native theory and practice and Christian theology and practice. Learn More!

Creative Exchange seeks to provide a pragmatic but principled way forward for African American religion and life. Learn More!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Engaging Bonhoeffer
Matthew D. Kirkpatrick (Editor)

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Engaging Bonhoeffer documents the extraordinary impact of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and writing on later thought. Learn more!

Theologian of Resistance

Theologian of Resistance
Christiane Tietz (Author), Victoria J. Barnett (Translator)
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In this new biography, Christiane Tietz masterfully portrays the interconnectedness of Bonhoeffer’s life and thought, theology and politics, discipleship, witness, and resistance, tracing the path from his childhood to his imprisonment and execution. Learn More!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Ethics is the culmination of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theological and personal odyssey and one of the most important works of Christian ethics of the last century. Learn more!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Discipleship is a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. Learn more!

Christian Understandings

Charlene Burns offers a brief but thorough tour through more than two millennia of thought on the nature of evil. Learn more!

With engaging sketches from the book of Daniel to contemporary America, Amy Frykholm offers a tour through more than two millennia of Christian thought on the future. Learn more!

In this creative approach to the doctrine of the Trinity, author Veli- Matti Kärkkäinen focuses on keeping a dynamic balance between the intellectual-doctrinal and spiritual-charismatic approaches as parallel avenues towards theological understanding. Learn More!

In an overview of how Christians have articulated their understandings of creation across the span of Christian history, Denis Edwards highlights the theology of creation drawing on the works of thirteen Christian theologians from various eras. Learn more!

An engaging tour through more than two millennia of thought on Christ that outlines the myriad beliefs, developments, and questions encompassing the attempts to understand Christianity’s most central—and most mysterious—figure. Learn more!

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