About

Welcome!

I had the tremendous honor of meeting Professor Moltmann in 2023.

My name is Stephen D. Morrison. I am an author and theologian living in Columbus, Ohio.

I’ve published fourteen books on a variety of subjects, mostly theological. I’m probably best known for my ongoing, multi-volume “Plain English Series” (e.g., Karl Barth in Plain English). But I’ve also written on topics such as anti-capitalism and the Early Church, James Joyce’s Ulysses, theological themes in Samuel Beckett’s literature, and a bit of fiction. You can learn more about my plan for the Plain English Series here or browse a complete list of my published books here.

I often refer to myself as an “amateur” theologian in my work. That is because my theological education has been primarily self-taught. I have been reading and writing about theology for over ten years. And even though I am now a theology student working towards an MA in Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary with plans to pursue a doctorate shortly thereafter, I still like the amateur title. The etymology of “amateur” indicates a passion for theology, and it reflects the approach of much of my work, which aims to make theology approachable and relevant to everyday people. That is demonstrated most of all in my Plain English Series, but it is also present in my Youtube channel and other books I’ve written.

Visiting Schleiermacher’s gravesite in Berlin.

My work has been influenced by theologians such as Karl Barth, T. F. Torrance, Jürgen Moltmann, Friedrich D. E. Schleiermacher, and James Cone. More recently, my focus has moved toward political theology, and my latest book, All Riches Come From Injustice, reflects that shift. I am currently writing a long project on Christian socialism and continuing my Plain English Series.

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

These days, I am more active on my YouTube channel.

You can buy some of my books directly from my website by clicking here.

Thanks for visiting my website, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to say hello!

Kind regards,

Stephen