Theology as a Way of Life

On Teaching and Learning the Christian Faith

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What difference does Jesus Christ make for the way we teach the Christian faith?  If he is truly God and truly human, if he reveals God to us and us to ourselves, how might that shape our approach to teaching Christianity? Drawing on the work of Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Adam Neder offers a clear and creative theological and spiritual reflection on the art of teaching the Christian faith. This engaging book provides a wealth of fresh theological insights and practical suggestions for anyone involved in teaching and learning Christianity.

1. Identity
2. Knowledge
3. Ethos
4. Danger
5. Conversation


"This is the book I wish I could have read when I started teaching over thirty years ago. Ironically, much literature on theological pedagogy these days is woefully bereft of theology. Every page of this book takes its ultimate cue, materially and formally, from the Christ-shaped gospel itself--in all its disturbing and heart-wrenching glory. At the same time, the text is jargon-free, utterly honest, and obviously born out of years of classroom experience. It is simply superb."

Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School

"Neder's book has as its central claim that you cannot know Jesus from a safe distance. Yet as he makes clear, theologians are tempted to make it safe to follow and think with Jesus. Neder does not make that mistake, which is why this is such a challenging but constructive book."

Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School

The Author

  1. Adam Neder

    Adam Neder

    Adam Neder (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and the author of Participation in Christ: An Entry into Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. He has been voted Most...

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