Exclusive Interview with Professor Roger E. Olson of Baylor University

Interview Roger Olson

We had the opportunity to interview Professor Roger E. Olson, Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics, George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He has authored 16 books, many of which are highly regarded texts used in Christian classrooms. See below the interview for a full list of his books!

Professor Olson, what makes for a worthwhile Christian book?

“Sound theology (Christ and gospel-centered), intellectually and spiritually stimulating, relevant to Christian discipleship in the real world, intelligible and informative.

Professor Olson, are there some quick ways or methods for a Christian to judge a book’s theology/purpose and to see if it fits into a proper doctrinal position?

“There are so many books “out there” that I generally go by publisher. I trust about ten Christian publishers to publish only books informed by sound Christian theology. Beyond that I look at author’s reputation, table of contents, promotional statements (who recommends the book and how), and the Introduction.”

Professor Olson, are there a few important books you would recommend to Christians to help them grow? 

“Anything by C. S. Lewis, Harry Blamires, A. W. Tozer, Donald Bloesch and John Stott.”

Professor Olson, are there any books that have been important to your ministry/work/studies? 

“Many of the illustrations and quotes I use in classes come from Mere Christianity and other books by C. S. Lewis. On a higher academic level I have been shaped by the works of Donald G. Bloesch, Karl Barth and Jurgen Moltmann.”

Professor Olson, is there a specific topic you enjoy reading about?

“For pure enjoyment, recreational reading, I like to read Victorian murder mysteries—especially ones with a “gothic” flavor. For spiritual enrichment I enjoy reading books about the Holy Spirit.”

Professor Olson, do you have a favorite author?

“I had different favorite authors in different seasons of life. But one that has endured throughout (since my teen years) is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His Sherlock Holmes series is without peer (for secular reading for sheer enjoyment). Among Christian authors I have read just about everything written by Donald G. Bloesch—my favorite evangelical theologian and spiritual writer.”

Published Works

  • [easyazon_link asin=”0830840214″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Journey of Modern Theology: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction[/easyazon_link](2013)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”031032467X” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Against Calvinism[/easyazon_link] (2011)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0801036399″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]God in Dispute: “Conversations” among Great Christian Thinkers[/easyazon_link](2009)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0830837086″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Finding God in the Shack: Seeking Truth in a Story of Evil and Redemption[/easyazon_link](2009)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0310283388″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative[/easyazon_link] (2008)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0310287588″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith[/easyazon_link] (2007)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0801031699″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology)[/easyazon_link] (2007)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”B008AU5FA2″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Pocket History of Evangelical Theology (07) by Olson, Roger E [Paperback (2007)][/easyazon_link] (2007)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0830828419″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities[/easyazon_link] (2006)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0830827048″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Pocket History of Theology (The Ivp Pocket Reference)[/easyazon_link](2005)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0664224644″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology (Westminster Handbooks to Christian Theology)[/easyazon_link] (2004)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0802848273″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Trinity (Guides to Theology)[/easyazon_link] (2002)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0830826955″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity[/easyazon_link] (2002)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0830815058″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform[/easyazon_link](1999)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0830815252″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age[/easyazon_link] (1997)
  • [easyazon_link asin=”0830818782″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Who Needs Theology?: An Invitation to the Study of God[/easyazon_link](1996)
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