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George Stroup’s new book on why Jesus matters today



Decatur, GA. George W. Stroup, the J. B. Green Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, is the author of Why Jesus Matters, released this month by Westminster John Knox Press. Incorporating new, diverse voices of theologians and thinkers from around the world, Dr. Stroup offers a concise presentation of historic and contemporary views about Jesus Christ. This volume is a revision of his book Jesus Christ for Today, published in 1982.

“I didn’t write this new book for professional theologians,” Dr. Stroup says. “It’s really for people without formal theological education who are interested in thinking about important topics in Christian faith. And certainly there is no topic more important for them than Christology.

"As a living Christ, Jesus asks each new generation who they believe him to be," says Dr. Stroup. "I first tried to address that question in Jesus Christ for Today. Now, nearly 30 years later, I am a different person and we live in a different world—a world in which people other than Western males have said some important things about Jesus. In Why Jesus Matters I attempt to assess the contribution these new voices have made to our understanding of Jesus."

Dr. Stroup’s previous work also includes The Promise of Narrative Christology, Before God, and Calvin. He is a member of the editorial board of Feasting on the Word.

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. For more information, visit  

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