Dr. Kelly Kapic Authors "A Little Book for New Theologians"
A Little Book for New Theologians, written by Dr. Kelly Kapic, professor of theological studies, is not just for students majoring in theology. Published this August by InterVarsity Press, the book defines theology as reaching well beyond academia. “Theology is about life,” Kapic writes, “and it is not a conversation our souls can afford to ignore.”
In his twelve years of teaching at Covenant, Dr. Kapic has encountered hundreds of students, many of whom had never before taken a formal theology course. It was in that context that he began work on this book. “I first wrote a draft of this probably seven years ago,” says Dr. Kapic, “and have been using a version of it ever since as it’s grown through the years with my own students, and they’ve given great feedback and help.”
Students and readers of Dr. Kapic will not be surprised that A Little Book for New Theologians expresses “the inseparability of life and theology” and argues that everyone is a theologian. “When a husband and a wife find that they’re dealing with infertility,” says Dr. Kapic, “they’re dealing with theology whether they want to say it or not. Theology, at its base, means ‘a word about God,’ but those words don’t even have to be spoken.”
Written in concise, manageable chapters, the book is enriched by the words of numerous theologians and scholars, from Augustine and Martin Luther to John Webster and G.K. Chesterton, and while those words are effective and inspiring, “theology is not just about propositions. It’s not just about sentences or saying the right words; it’s embodied. It has to be embodied,” says Dr. Kapic. “The conviction of the book grows out of the belief that the question isn’t ‘are you a theologian?’ but rather ‘are you a good one?’”