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Thinking Theologically


Fortress Press 2015

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Fortress Press’s Foundations for Learning series prepares students for academic success through compelling resources to kick-start their journey into professional Christian ministry. This volume reminds readers that we are always—consciously and unconsciously—processing data.

In this collection of essays, a variety of voices encourage readers to think about how our brains work. Authors grapple with not only the particular ways the theological disciplines invite students to think, but also how thinking theologically shapes a student’s sense of self in a wider community of thinking and believing. Thinking Theologically explores an embodied set of practices and values that shape individuals and communities alike—seeking to help readers on the path to cultivating the habits of mind necessary in a life of ministry.

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Check out other works in the Foundations for Learning Series, such as Exploring the Life and Calling and Reading Theologically.

Key Features

  • Explores the concept of “thinking theologically”
  • Compiles contributions from a variety of pastors and professors
  • Forms part of Fortress Press’ Foundations for Learning series


  • Introduction by Eric D. Barreto
  • Thinking Mindfully by Jennifer M. Shepherd
  • Thinking Bodily by Lance J. Peeler
  • Thinking Pastorally by Jessicah Krey Duckworth
  • Thinking Biblically by Mariam J. Kamell
  • Thinking Historically by Adam Ployd
  • Thinking Systematically by Amy Marga
  • Thinking Ethically by Matilde Moros
  • Thinking Socially by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder
  • Thinking Spiritually by Cláudio Carvalhaes

Praise for the Print Edition

With as much concern for spiritual formation as intellectual introduction, this reassuring guide invites those entering theological education to do so with integrity of body and spirit, mind and heart.

—Katherine Turpin, associate dean for curriculum and assessment, Iliff School of Theology

Thinking about thinking about thinking is a challenge. The clarity and crispness of these essays makes it enjoyable. The diversity of voices represented pushes young scholars to listen globally and empathetically. I wish this volume had been available when I began seminary and when I tried to help students learn to read the Bible and approach theology lovingly and critically. Now I see an important role for this book as I work with church groups to deepen their relationship with Scripture and to cultivate their minds for a life in ministry.

Sharon H. Ringe, professor of New Testament, Wesley Theological Seminary

Thinking Theologically is an engaging text that is clearly oriented towards the church and those who are seeking to understand Scripture and theology in light of the world’s complexities.

—Brian Bantum, associate professor of theology, Seattle Pacific University and Seminary

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About Eric D. Barreto

Eric D. Barreto is associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was ordained by Peachtree Baptist Church (CBF) in 2006. He is the author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 and coauthor of New Proclamation, Series C, Easter through Christ the King, 2013. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post,, and

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