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The Colossian Forum offers free resources to help you transform polarizing cultural conflicts into opportunities for spiritual growth and witness.

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As the work of The Colossian Forum is increasingly in demand in churches, colleges, and high schools, we want to share the constellation of ideas that makes our work possible.

These aren’t only academic resources. They are multiple points of entry into the hopeful possibilities we’ve discovered at the heart of conflict solely made possible by the power of the gospel. Interested in our theological undergirding? The Colossian Forum’s secret sauce? What does this look like in practice? We hope these resources help flesh out these ideas from a variety of perspectives.

The Fool and the Heretic: How Two Scientists Moved Beyond Labels to a Christian Dialogue about Creation and Evolution

By Todd Charles Wood and Darrel R. Falk with prologue, epilogue, and interludes by Rob Barrett (Zondervan)
Publication date: February 2019.

The Fool and the Heretic is a deeply personal story told by two respected scientists who hold opposing views on the topic of origins, share a common faith in Jesus Christ, and began a sometimes-painful journey to explore how they can remain in Christian fellowship when each thinks the other is harming the church.  The Fool and the Heretic is available for order from Zondervan.

All Things Hold Together in Christ: A Conversation on Faith, Science, and Virtue

Edited by James K.A. Smith and Michael Gulker (Baker Academic)
Publication date: January 2018.

Conceived by Michael Gulker and TCF fellow Jamie Smith, this anthology includes foundational readings in theology, philosophy, and science that make our work possible.

Each essay comes from a scholar who exemplifies theology as a practice rooted in the worship of the church, shedding light on how The Colossian Forum has managed to turn conflict into opportunity. All Things Hold Together in Christ is available at Baker Book House.

Evolution and the Fall

Edited by William Cavanagh and James K.A. Smith (Eerdmans Publishing)
Publication date: February 2017.

If evolution is true, then what happens to biblical and traditional accounts of the Fall? This collection of essays emerged from three years of prayer, worship, and conversation between some of the world’s top Christian scholars from a variety of disciplines. They addressed the question not merely from an academic perspective, but as believers with deep concern for the health of the church. Evolution and the Fall is available from Eerdmans online.

Learning to Fight Like Jesus

By Michael Gulker
Publication date: 2019.

If Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, that means learning to fight may well require something different than we first imagined.

Surprised by Jesus Again: Reading Scripture with Augustine and the Whole Church

By Jason Byassee (Eerdmans Publishing)
Publication date: 2019.

What does it mean to read the Bible formed by worship? What difference might it make to our biblical interpretation if we centered it around love of God and love of neighbor?

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