My name is Stephen D. Morrison. I am 29 years old, and I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife, Ketlin.

I am the author of thirteen books. I’m best known for my “Plain English” series (Karl Barth in Plain English), but I’ve also written works of fiction and literary criticism. Find out more about my Plain English series here, or see all my books here.

I am an amateur theologian. Theology is a central passion of my life. I am especially interested in making theology approachable and relevant to everyday people. I am not a professionally trained theologian and proudly wear my “amateur” title accordingly. I did attend a two-year, unaccredited ministry school, but my theological education has been primarily self-taught.

The theologians who have influenced me the most (so far) are Barth, Torrance, Moltmann, Schleiermacher, and Cone. But I am a life-long student and have no fixed allegiances—though I must admit that Barth’s shadow looms the largest in my mind.

I am a coffee roaster. I love the subtle delights of coffee and the tactile experience of roasting, brewing, and drinking it. Roasting is a way to make money, but it is also a way to get out of my head.

For my latest attempts at blogging— I must confess I am an inconsistent blogger—click here.

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. Like you, I consider myself an amateur theologian (i.e. a lover of theology). I am a music major (jazz) who teaches religion at a Catholic high school in Canada. I also roast my own coffee (when the weather warms up enough to go outside). It was nice to stumble upon this website. I look forward to reading some more!

  2. Stephen – Thanks so much for your work/scholarship in the area of atonement. I agree with all you say in Part 1 of the critique of PSA. I also like the article on the 7 views of atonement. Which of the 7 views would you say your video most closely aligns with? in other words, How would you “label” your view?

  3. I think I should have waited until the last 30 seconds of Pt 1 to hear that you don’t see yourself proposing a theory of atonement but rather that you Jesus as the atonement.

    1. Thanks, Jeff! Glad to hear you enjoyed my videos. Even though I don’t think a single atonement theory is sufficient, I do see them as a helpful launching pad into deeper thinking about the atonement. But they should be the beginning not the end of the conversation. Much of what I propose in these videos is close to the patristic theory called recapitulation.

      Thanks again!


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