Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are taking a fair bit of criticism these days, and much of it is warranted. But one of the more worthwhile uses I’ve found for Twitter is to follow theologians on Twitter and to engage in conversation with them.
Theology is a conversation, and these days the conversation isn’t just limited to books or the halls of the academy. Today, anyone with a Twitter account can engage online with some of the finest theologians of our day.
Here are some of our favorite theologians * to follow on Twitter:
They represent a broad range of perspectives, and you likely won’t agree with any of them all the time, but they all are worth listening to. (We’ve limited this list to living theologians who primarily tweet in English — Sorry, @LeonardoBoff — and who are relatively active on Twitter — Sorry, @ProfRah.)
* We use the label “theologians” broadly here. All of the scholars featured below do theology in the broad sense of helping us understand God, the scriptural stories about God, and how we best live into the way of God. Not of them are theologians in the narrow academic sense, some are biblical scholars, some are ethicists, etc.
In alphabetical order of their Twitter handle:
(Or we’ve created a list where you
can follow along with the conversation.)
Director of the Center for Justice + Renewal, professor @dukedivinity, social psychologist, public theologian, serving resistance
fam, my people, cousins, posse, community, neighbors, team, crew, image bearers, homies — soooo many options… https://t.co/cxjwBUC59O
— Christena Cleveland (@CSCleve) January 24, 2019
Daniel P. Horan, OFM
Franciscan Friar | Catholic priest | Theologian | Runner |
@ChicagoCTU Professor | @NCRonline columnist | @FrancisFXpod co-host
“We are all the more inclined to idolatry because we imagine that we are of all generations the most enlightened, the most objective, the most scientific, the most progressive and the most humane. This, in fact, is an ‘image’ of ourselves—an image which is false” —#ThomasMerton
— Daniel P. Horan, OFM (@DanHoranOFM) January 31, 2019
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength | She/Her
Look what’s available for pre-order! #itsreallyhappening
— Dr. Chanequa (@drchanequa) January 26, 2019
Eboni Marshall Turman
Asst Professor @Yale l Author of Toward a Womanist Ethic l
Baptist preacher l Arts maniac l #1 Auntie I
Black philanthropy I Black excellence.
Sure have. https://t.co/SyZZstBqIJ
— Eboni MarshallTurman (@ebonithoughts) January 29, 2019
Husband/dad, C&MA pastor, author,
Anabaptist holiness evangelical missional theologian,
church planter, professor at @nseminary, work for @FExpressionsUS .
A post from two years ago … gave rise to my upcoming book ‘The Church of Us vs Them’ . https://t.co/HPvgCfBaKV
— David Fitch (@fitchest) January 31, 2019
Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Author 16 Books:PlanetarySolidarity;
MotherDaughterSpeak; Embracing the Other;
InterculturalMinistry; HereIAm; GraceOfSopha,
Prof ESR, speaker, minister, Mom of 3
ICYMI: thank you @ERBks for including #HealingOurBrokenHuamnity co-written with @GrahamJGHill in your “The Trending Bookcase – Books Readers Are Talking About!” @ivpress https://t.co/Znzj3guAI0 order ur copy https://t.co/7vta2K20Ai
— Grace Ji-Sun Kim (@Gracejisunkim) January 30, 2019
Theologian, teacher, author, drummer (NDY),
& power metal addict. Greg & Shelley have
been married 39 yrs, have 3 adult children,
& 5 ADORABLE grand children.
It’s possible that a broken-off piece of a long-abandoned satellite will strike you dead if you go outside today, but if you’re rational, you are willing to act on the assumption that this won’t happen. Some people can’t muster up that level of faith. #everyonehasfaith
— Greg Boyd (@greg_boyd) January 24, 2019
James K.A. Smith
Philosophy, Calvin College; editor in chief,
@Image_Journal; author of ON THE ROAD WITH
SAINT AUGUSTINE (2019) + YOU ARE WHAT YOU LOVE (2016)
“The most obvious difference between nineteenth-century novels and twentieth-century novels is that the nineteenth-century ones are better.”
–Iris Murdoch, “Existentialists and Mystics”
— James K.A. Smith (@james_ka_smith) January 30, 2019
J. Kameron Carter
Indiana Univ. Black studies, poetry & performance,
relg & theology. Author, Race: A Theological Account;
on the way, Black Rapture: A Poetics of the Sacred
Words know much more about us than we know about them — Aimé Césaire
— Felonious Monk (@jkameroncarter) January 15, 2019
Joel B. Green
The first step is a close
reading of the text…
— Joel B. Green (@JoelBGreen) January 12, 2019
Jonathan L. Walton
Harvard University: Plummer Professor of
Christian Morals; Screen addicted dad;
Positive tweeter, Lover of ATL Falcons;
Instagram & Facebook: @jonathanlwalton
Those who can make us believe absurdities can make us commit atrocities.
In your mercy, Lord. Hear our prayer.
— Jonathan L. Walton (@jonathanlwalton) November 26, 2018
Professor @DukeDivinity + @FaithLeadership Author
+ Podcast Host of #EverythingHappens
for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved).
“True, it isn’t much fun for One, but Two can stick together,” says Pooh. “That’s how it is.”
It is #WinnieThePoohDay with a bear here to remind us that in love and in pain, we belong to each other.
— Kate Bowler (@KatecBowler) January 18, 2019
Highlighting the lived experience
and theological reflection of U.S. Latinxs.
Committed to the Catholic faith,
ecumenism, interfaith dialogue.
— Latinx Theology (@LatinoTheology) February 12, 2016
Dr Maggi Dawn
Socially liberal. Theologically orthodox.
Liturgically sacramental. Hermeneutically
creative. Temperamentally ecumenical.
“I want women to turn their minds to big and difficult jobs; not just to go on hugging the shore, afraid to put out to sea.”
—Ethel Mary Smyth, composer.
— Dr Maggi Dawn (@maggidawn) January 23, 2019
Professor | Theology, Ethics, and Culture |
Christian politics and Muslim immigration.
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries
And daub their natural faces unaware
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
— Matthew Kaemingk (@matthewkaemingk) January 23, 2019
Jessica’s husband, Nathanael’s,
Aaron’s and Mira’s dad. Author of
*Flourishing: Why We Need Religion
in a Globalized World.*
A week ago was the day! So excited to have Matt’s and my book out and in people’s hands. Check it out!https://t.co/JHgQurG6gd
— Miroslav Volf (@MiroslavVolf) January 29, 2019
Catholic theologian, professor, feminist.
Cuban-American mom in NYC. Church nerd, cross-stitcher.
When you think everything should be run on a corporate model (universities, churches, public schools) then you get corporate overlords who think they can do anything.
— Natalia Imperatori (@nimperatori) January 30, 2019
Author, Food and Faith
The burning question: Climate denialism is (almost) dead, so what do we do now? – NY Daily News https://t.co/dRvpNnvnBh
— Norman Wirzba (@NWirzba) January 27, 2019
Inspiration, encouragement, & community
for #LGBTQ #Christians & straight,
cis supporters bc we have more to offer
the world than what we are not #QueerTheology
“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” ― Madeleine L’Engle
— Queer Theology (@QTheology) January 31, 2019
Married w/4 children, Native American
(Keetoowah), Spiritual, farmer, professor,
activist, writer, Ph.D. Intercultural Studies
A Common History is Needed! Listen to this! https://t.co/dd3Ccy5i67
— Randy Woodley (@randywoodley7) January 27, 2019
Jesus and toxic masculinity https://t.co/a1n08t23Dc
— scotmcknight (@scotmcknight) January 28, 2019
President and Johnston Family Professor
of Religion and Democracy at @UnionSeminary.
Proud mother. Fierce theologian.
Nationalism betrays our fundamental purpose as humans—to love one another deeply and fully. God’s love crosses borders, ethnicity, language, culture; we are called to live likewise.
— Serene Jones (@SereneJones) October 23, 2018
theologian • mission & bioethics •
@LoyolaBioethics & IPS • connecting
Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice •
#CBSJ • unmasking neoliberalism’s invisible grip
Now THAT is church. https://t.co/4DEfgw8olx
— Therese Lysaught (@ThereseLysaught) January 31, 2019
Womanist Hebrew Bible scholar|
professor|priest|vet No: biblical illiteracy|
white supremacy|patriarchy #BriteBible Books:
Legacy hires. https://t.co/T31Xq0kHhn
— Wil Back It Up (@WilGafney) January 31, 2019
Women In Theology
A shared blog by academically
trained women theologians who
write from a Christian ecumenical
and often feminist perspective.
“…a better understanding of the development of the discipline of theology—and whose voices “count” in the theological discipline—can help us better make arguments for the inclusion of marginal voices today.” https://t.co/gsQtLySpiY via @WomenInTheology
— Women In Theology (@WomenInTheology) January 27, 2019
What other theologians
would you add to this list?
(Use the comments below or Tweet us @ERBks)
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com