Writing Theology Well is a working guide for students conducting theological writing and research on theology and biblical studies courses. It integrates the disciplines of writing, rhetoric, and theology, providing a standard text for the teaching and mentoring of writing across the theological curriculum. As a theological rhetoric, it also encourages excellence in theological writing in the public domain by helping to equip students for their wider vocations as writers, preachers, and communicators in a variety of ministerial and professional contexts.
This Edition includes new chapters on ‘Writing Theology in a New Language’, which explores the linguistic and cultural challenges of writing theology well in a non-native language, and ‘Writing and Learning Theology in an Electronic Age’, addressed to distance learning students learning to write theology well from online courses, and dealing with the technologies necessary to do so.
It is imperative that theologians learn to write coherently and with ready access for a general audience—and not simply for each other. No one can help us to do this better than Lucretia Yaghjian. This volume will tutor all theological writers to write in more reasonable ways.
—Thomas Groome, professor, Boston College
In 2006 I wrote that the first edition of this book on writing theology was incomparable in its combination of theory practice, quality, depth and style. And now, almost ten years later, Lucretia Yaghjian expands the breadth of her coverage to second-language English writers and to all of us caught up in a comprehensive digital environment. In a brilliant and yet transparent way she leads young and mature theologians into a new technological and cultural context of teaching, studying and writing. She has taught this old dog new tricks, and I am grateful.
—Roger Haight, S.J., Union Theological Seminary
What a wise book! What a pleasant book! What a helpful book! The book reflects Yaghjian’s special background, literature as it is well and interestingly written, graced with a conversation with leading figures in the field. There is in this book so much practical wisdom concerning the craft of writing. For a beginner, an absolutely necessary guide; for those who have been writing for years, a welcome and informative reminder of what makes theological writing readable and pointed. This should be required reading for graduate students (and their teachers).
—Jerome H. Neyrey, professor emeritus, University of Notre Dame
In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.
Lucretia B. Yaghjian is director of the The WRITE Program at Episcopal Divinity School and is an adjunct faculty member at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She earned her PhD in English Literature from the University of Colrado and also obtained and Master’s of Divinity.