Love Makes No Sense

An Invitation to Christian Theology

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Jennifer Strawbridge, Jarred Mercer, Peter Groves
  • London, England: 
    SCM Press Imprint
    , January
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Christian faith is something people practice. The Church prays, listens to the Scriptures, celebrates the sacraments, cares for the suffering, and liberates the oppressed. This is where the task of theology begins.

In "Love Makes No Sense", each chapter engages central issues of theology but remains focused on the Christian life. Although it is a book about doctrine—Christian teaching—it insists that one cannot present a doctrine of the Trinity, or Incarnation, or anything else in the abstract. 

Teaching divorced from everyday life is not Christian teaching. This does not mean this book is primarily 'practical' as opposed to 'theological'. It is an invitation to Christian theology that refuses to separate the two. 

The aim of this book is not to satisfy the intellect, but to train its readers through approachable theological teaching to live the love that Christian theology proclaims.

Suitable for people looking to explore Christian theology more deeply, be they life-long Christians who want a deeper understanding of their faith, new Christians, or those who are interested in the Christian faith and looking to find out more.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jennifer Strawbridge is Associate Professor in New Testament at Oxford, Fellow in Theology at Mansfield College, and Associate Priest at St Andrew’s, Headington.

Jarred Mercer is Associate Chaplain and Postdoctoral Researcher at Merton College and Associate Priest at St Mary Magdalen, Oxford.

Peter Groves is Vicar of St Mary Magdalen Oxford and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He is founder of the St Mary Magdalen School of Theology.



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