Exploring the Interconnection of Theology and Life

The Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia is a research initiative, whose mission is to study the social consequences of theological ideas for the sake of a more just and compassionate world.

Check out our collection of published works and other resources on lived theology.

“The Great Disturbance”: Meditations in Lent, Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Barcelona, 1928

Compared with the formal rigors of the doctoral dissertation, the Barcelona sermons are both literary and uninhibited. Bonhoeffer found writing them a great liberation, for the exercise drew on his musical gifts and artistic intuitions. Indeed the lyrical and expressive expressive sermons from Spain are among his most beautiful writings. A mystical current guides the pen. He would say that he felt as if “a theology of … spring and summer” was replacing “the Berlin winter theology”.

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People Get Ready

Twelve Jesus-Haunted Misfits, Malcontents, and Dreamers. A collection of succinct and evocative biographies of twelve modern apostles who unsettle what we think we know about Christianity’s role in American politics.

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Evangelical Anxiety

In this riveting spiritual memoir, Charles Marsh, director of the Project on Lived Theology, tells the story of his struggles with mental illness, explores the void between the Christian faith and scientific treatment, and forges a path toward reconciling these divergent worlds.

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