Christopher L. Schelin

We do not know what God is, writes John Scotus Erigena. Our speech is ever stumbling.

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I am an ordained Baptist minister, an academic theologian with a doctorate from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and a staff/faculty member at Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist seminary. My professional career, both in ministry and the academy, is attuned to fostering respectful and receptive conversations in the midst of different conceptions of the true, the beautiful, and the good. Thus the name apophasia, a play on the practice of apophatic theology and a reminder to myself that one must never speak without humility. On my website you will find academic materials and resources for church life. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife and two children.

Particular Areas of Interest:
Free Church/”baptistic” Christianity
Political theology and radical democracy
Communal practices of spirituality
Comparative religion/theology
Religious and other “extraordinary” experiences
Sustainable agriculture and the elimination of hunger


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