One of my jobs is to direct the studies of the theology students at King’s College. Cambridge. About a year ago I began to review what we said on our webpages for prospective students. And while doing so I had a good look at the books that are recommended to people thinking of studying theology at University.
Then, slowly, slowly, it dawned on me: the introductory books about theology are not as interesting or attractive as the subject itself.
This troubled me deeply and I set myself a challenge – write something that expresses what a great subject theology is.
So I started writing some webpages that put forward the idea that theology is fascinating, fun and important. I was aware, as I wrote, that there are those who think that theology is only possibly of interest to people who follow one religion or another. So I also wrote some material that made the point that even if you think religion is absurd it’s not going to go away any time soon, so it might be good idea to discover a bit more about how it all hangs together.
I hadn’t been writing for long when I realised that I had more than a few webpages on my hands and so – partly because I had just broken my ankle – I decided to see what happened if I tried to write something more extensive. It wasn’t long before I had the first draft of a little book that claimed – no, proved – that theology is – well, fascinating, fun and important.
During the course of the summer I found in Jessica Kingsley a great editor, and in JKP – the amazing publishing house she founded thirty years ago while sitting at her kitchen table – a tremendously enthusiastic and professional publisher.
The result is God-Curious: Asking Eternal Questions which is published a week today, 21 February. It is, I really believe this, an engaging book to put into the hands of a young person who is yet to decide what to do at University. But it’s also much more than that, thanks in good part to Jessica’s skillful editorial interventions and nudges. ‘Say more about this’, ‘What do you think about that?’, ‘Yes, that is a good idea – can you expand it?’, Why haven’t you said anything about …’ and so on.
My plan now is to post a short blog every day for the next week as a countdown to publication day. Meanwhile, do have a look at the book on the JKP website God-Curious JKP
And, if you are interested at studying theology with me at King’s College, Cambridge take a look here: Theology at King’s