25 Theologians and Theology Enthusiasts You Should be Following on Twitter
Finding religious philosophy on the Internet isn’t difficult. Followers of any religion can find leaders who use sites, blogs, and social media formats to spread the word about their beliefs. How does Twitter fit into this religious enthusiasm? There has been some debate about the use of this social media platform for religious use; but, the fact is that Twitter, just as any other media platform, is there for the taking. The following self-professed theologians use this tool to inform followers about their perspectives and their philosophies…”Twitter theology,” if you will. To show the influx of female theologians on Twitter within the past year or so, we’ve separated the genders on this list.
- Dr. Joseph Atta-Fynn (@PastorAtLarge) is a spiritual adviser, pastor to the “unchurched,” and a “messenger of the most high God.”
- Dr. Ray Blanchette (@revelationplgrm) is a theologian, activist, pastoral psychologist and psychotherapist who specializes in marriage, family and relationship therapy. Dr. Blanchette is much more active on Twitter than he is with his blog.
- EJ Hill ( @hil001) is a 34-year-old South African theologian, and Independent Nonconformist Christian Apologist. He also is an IT consultant, martial artist, and author. On his blog, EJ states he earned his BA in Bible and Theology (B. Th) from Miracle Bible College, and has earned various certificates and diplomas from Tygerberg Bible School (The Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa), the Correspondence Bible School (7th-Day Adventists), Lutheran Hour (The Lutheran Church), Bible Way Correspondence School (Baptists), the Tripp Bible Institute, and a Masters Course from the International Bible School of Fort Worth, Texas.
- Greg Boyd (@greg_boyd) is a pastor, theologian, and author. Boyd is a former atheist who surrendered his life to Christ in 1974. After his conversion, he discovered that the faith he embraced failed to address many questions and objections to Christianity. He believes that challenging both believers and non-believers to think critically will lead them to a well-grounded and coherent faith. You can learn more at Christus Victor Ministries.
- James H Tippins (@JamesTippins) is a pastor, church planter, hobbyist, and theologian. His site, For His Glory by His Grace, reveals that he holds a BBA in Marketing, a BS in Biblical Studies, a Master of Theology (Th.M.), and is working toward his MA in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in New Testament apologetics.
- Lee Harmon (@LeeHarmon) is a theologian, philosopher, pastor, speaker, techie-nerd, entrepreneur, and artist. Lee’s cutting edge, “out of the box” ministry is bold and high energy. You can find him at Borrowed Pencils, too, where he proclaims the “unchanging Christ” to a “rapidly changing world.”
- Leonardo Boff (@leonardoboff_ ) is a Brazilian theologian, a founder of Liberation Theology, a philosopher, human rights activist, and a writer. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Ecology at the Rio de Janeiro State University. Learn more about Leonardo at his site.
- Matthew Paul Turner (@JesusNeedsNewPR) speaks, writes books, blogs, and wants his own radio show. You can get his book, book Churched for free from his blog.
- Russell Moore (@drmoore) is a Baptist preacher, writer, theologian, ethicist, and country music enthusiast. He serves as dean for the School of Theology in Louisville, KY, and as senior vice-president for academic administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He maintains a site at Moore to the Point.
- Scot McKnight (@TheJesusCreed) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University in Chicago, and a regular contributor to the web site, Out of Ur.
- Scotty Roberts (@ScottyRoberts) is an historian, theologian, author, illustrator, designer, public speaker, “stand-up philosopher,” and founder and publisher of INTREPID magazine. This publication focuses on science, politics, metaphysics, meta-science, UFOs, culture, conspiracy theories, and unexplained phenomenon.
- Terry Rayburn ( @Grace_For_Life) is an “armchair theologian who blogs about his philosophy at Grace For Life.
- Tony Marino (@TonyMarino) is a marketing and business consultant. He also is into radio, television and the Web, is an author, performer, and musician, and a Christian evangelist and theologian. You can find his work at Trinity Web Works, where he works hard to increase his clients’ bottom lines in more than 15 industries worldwide.
- Willem J. Ouweneel (@wjouweneel) is a biologist, philosopher, theologian, theology professor, preacher, and writer. Ouweneel is Dutch, and he and his site are based in the Netherlands.
- Yasir Qadhi (@YasirQadhi) is an Islamic theologian and scholar. He is the Dean of Academic Affairs, AlMaghrib Institute, and religious advisor at Muslim Matters.
- Barbara Mack (@faraway67) is a theologian first, then a teacher, history lover, photographer, musician, reader and techie. Her blog shows a definite cultural aspect to her philosophy, considering her interests and her statement, “Culture fills my senses, makes me breath in deeply. Here I want to share how those things create a garden, yes, a whole world, in my eyes, mind and heart.”
- Caryn Riswold (@feminismxianity) is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition, a professor, scholar, activist, and author of feminist and Christian books. Dr. Riswold teaches a variety of religious topics at Illinois College, and is Chair for Gender and Women’s Studies.
- Diana Butler Bass (@dianabutlerbass) is an author who explores the dimensions of religion and spirituality in today’s world. She writes books, columns, and blogs, all aimed to help people understand faith both analytically and personally. Diana holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books.
- Gina Messina-Dysert (@FemTheologian) brings followers the latest news and progressive thinking related to feminist theology and women’s issues in a global context. According to her blog, Dr. Messina-Dysert also is a visiting assistant professor of Theological Ethics at Loyola Marymount University. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Feminism and Religion which explores the “F-word” in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community.
- Maggi Dawn (@maggidawn) is an English author, theologian and musician. She also is an associate dean and professor at Yale Divinity School’s Institute of Sacred Music. Maggi has kept a blog since September 2003, writing about theology and faith, the arts and literature, and “a little about life and random nonsense.”
- Olga Rasmussen (@OlgaRasmussen) is a theologian who specializes in spirituality. She also is an Anusara yoga certified teacher who practices Reiki. Olga received her doctorate in spirituality and education from United Theological Seminary in Minnesota. For over twenty-three years, Olga worked in campus ministry and taught religious studies in a number of institutions including St. Louis University, Washington University, De Sales School of Theology, Convent of the Visitation School, in Minnesota, and most recently as Chair of the Religion Department at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, in Washington, DC.
- Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) is a blogger, speaker, and author of Evolving in Monkey Town and A Year of Biblical Womanhood (coming fall 2012). The relationship to “Monkey Town” is her hometown — the home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Learn more about Rachel at her blog.
- Shawna Atteberry (@shawnaatteberry) is a writer, theologian and storyteller. She works to empower women to be the leaders, career women, wives, and mothers that “Godde” calls them to be by exploring the Divine Feminine and stories of the women in the Bible. Read more about her philosophy at her blog.
- Tami Heim (@TamiHeim) along with Toni Birdsong (@tonibirdsong) are the forces behind Sticky Jesus. This site is geared to help followers find a fusion of discipleship, faith sharing, marketing, technology, and helpful tools to maximize impact on social media platforms with a “heart-focused” rather than “tech-focused” direction.
- Vashti McKenzie (@vashtimckenzie) is a preacher, bishop, author, reader, thinker, podcaster, and creative. According to her site, Vashti uses “the technology of the present age to reach, teach, and make disciples through a continued digital ministry of God’s Word, witness and wisdom.”