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Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms

Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological TermsCrazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms

So much theology is confusing and intimidating. The concepts themselves are given weighty-sounding names, such as incarnation and justification, and the explanations of the concepts sometimes can be more confusing than the names.

Captivating, entertaining, and highly informative, Crazy Talk helps readers navigate their way through that complexity and offers a vocabulary that dares – and equips! – its readers to embrace their own faith in a new, well-informed way.

The purpose of Crazy Talk, says author Rolf Jacobson, is to render the heart of our Christian theology in a form that is accessible and appealing to everyone. The format of the book is similar to that of a dictionary of theological terms – but with a twist of humor! Each entry includes the name of the theological term, an ironic definition of the term, and a short humorous essay offering a fuller explanation of the term. In making the term understandable, Jacobson concentrates on the big theological issue that is at stake in the term – and why it matters. Includes over fifty black and white illustrations.

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  • ISBN 9780806680378
  • Publication Date Mar 19, 2008


"Theology does not often produce a mix of humor and profundity. In Crazy Talk all three come together. You will break up laughing and just as often find yourself with new insights into familiar topics. Whoever heard of a dictionary you can't put down? Well, here it is!"
—Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary


Attributes of God A-trih-byoots-uhv-gahd n. — Those qualifications we look for in a deity or spouse but secretly think describe ourselves.
—from Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms, Rolf A. Jacobson, Editor