Zondervan has graciously offered the readers of Parchment and Pen the opportunity to win some great stuff. What you see here is a full box set of Theological Trading Cards by Norman Jeune. There are nearly 300 cards (think baseball cards without the gum) of theologians and heretics. These are a blast, and a great way to keep up on who’s who in church history. The only problem I have with these cards is that there is not one of me! Second edition come soon…

Here is the deal. Listen up. You are not going to believe this:

  • We are giving away one full boxed set.
  • We are giving away another boxed set that includes one card signed by N.T. Wright.
  • We are giving away another boxed set that includes one card signed by Kevin Vanhoozer.

How to Enter:

Just make a comment below and you are entered. Wait, make a comment telling who your favorite theologian is.

We will announce the winner in a few days so hurry up and give it a swing.

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C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

    160 replies to "Theological Trading Cards Giveaway"

    • Chad Gibbons

      The Cappadocian Fathers: Specifically, Gregory of Nazianzus.

    • Ken

      Wayne Grudem

    • Matthew G

      That’s quite difficult. Ancient: Athanasius. Medieval: Luis de Molina. Modern: Vanhoozer.

    • Mike S

      Gregory Palamas (I wonder if he made the cut)

      PS. There better be some hard, stale bubble gum in the deck.

    • Keith Price

      My favorite theologian would have to be Everett Ferguson.

    • Tiller

      The answer keeps changing! As I swim the Thames from Presbyterian to Anglican, the answer goes from Calvin, to Knox, to J.I. Packer, to N.T. Wright. At the moment, Wright.

    • Charles

      Paul of Tarsus

    • Bob Pratico

      Ancient favorite – Athanasius

      Contemporary favorite – CS Lewis

    • Gabe


    • Kirk

      I’ll trade you a Thomas Aquinas for your Mark McGuire!
      I’d tentatively select John Stott.

    • Jeff Ayers

      The late great Zane Hodges: DTS grad and faculty member for many years

      Dispeller of Lordship Salvation (Sorry John MacArthur and John Gerstner)
      Champion of the Majority text (sorry Dan Wallace)
      Champion of Dispensationalism (sorry…most of you on this blog)

    • Ludo

      Its a close one between Calvin and Augustine, but I would pick Augustine

    • James Brookes

      Saint Nicholas, who may not technically be a “theologian”, but did slap Arius in the face!

    • Chris

      Tertullian! He, along with Luther, had some of the best zingers and one liners in church history.

    • Michael Davis


    • Jason Chamberlain

      My knee-jerk reaction is to say Calvin.

      More thoughtfully I might say Edwards.

      But really the one who has had the most profound influence on me is Grudem. I realize that he just synthesized much of what others said though, but I love his book and his lectures.

    • Pete Scribner

      Very cool.

      It’d probably have to be Calvin for me, but since so many others have chosen him, let me add another from the modern era: Sinclair Ferguson.

    • 'JT' John Tancock

      It could be James White, the apologist theologian with bite right. It might be Nt Wright whose always right in a fight and who never takes flight and is like a Knight for right shining bright and his voluminous tomes are such a sight to lift them takes much might. My decision is made I will stand on the height and shout a give you all such a fright my favourite theologian is N T WRIGHT!!! lol

    • Dave Warner

      Herman Ridderbos

    • Bill Moore

      Favorite Theologian . . . . You picked a great question. GK Chesterton. Like Lewis, he is a master in prose, story-telling, literary criticism, and his works breathe profound truth for what we encounter and deal with today as we navigate ourselves though a world that is increasingly more skeptical & unbeleiving.

    • Greg Smith

      My favorite contemporary theologian is Greg Beale.

    • Monu Thomas

      Someone else beat me to it, but right now my favorite is Saint Nicholas because I slapping Arius for bad mouthing Jesus is awesome

    • buz323

      Francis Schaeffer

    • Bryan

      John Calvin

    • Nathan James Norman

      Athanasius of Alexandria! His boldness inspires me!

    • Cisco

      I am indebted to the life and works of Martin Luther

    • Alia D.

      My favorite is Irenaeus of Lyon. There are a lot of great theologians that I enjoy but for some reason I just like Ireanaeus best

    • Charles Rich

      Augustine – all the good ones that followed had their basis in him – Luther, Calvin, etc.

    • Charles Rich

      The dean of them all – St. Augustine.

    • Andy Lackey

      I think I would have to go with Jonathan Edwards.

    • Paul

      William Lane Craig…gotta go with “The Craig” everyday of the week and twice on Sunday

    • Jonathan Roberts

      John Piper….but probably Edwards or Augustine.

    • Seth

      G.K. Chesterton – for being able to teach so much through fiction

    • undergroundpewster

      C.S. Lewis although he would not agree with the title.

    • EMSoliDeoGloria

      Athanasius for defending the Trinity. Augustine for the concept of dual citizenship. CS Lewis for his influence on me as a teenager, through which I learned to find theology fascinating and who re-articulated key truths in a way I frequently recur to.

    • Anthony Spallone

      Saint Augustine. He was a pillar. Plus I love that Catholics and Protestants both claim him as their “own”.

    • Steve

      Jonathan Edwards and Martin Luther

    • Truth Unites... and Divides

      Apostle Paul is my favorite theologian.

      Not canonically inspired? Athanasius, Calvin, Edwards, Spurgeon, Machen, Piper, MacArthur, Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, Grudem, Albert Mohler are all terrific.

    • Truth Unites... and Divides

      “We are giving away another boxed set that includes one card signed by N.T. Wright.”

      If I win this set, I’ll put NT Wright’s card up for auction. And donate the proceeds back to Credo House.

      How much do you think a signed NT Wright card will fetch?

    • Dave

      Obviously my favorite theologian is Michael Patton!

    • Mitchell

      My pick is known to change from time to time, but for the moment I’m going to go with Origen.

    • Jim Basinger

      My favorite theologian is Thomas Cranmer

    • Stephen

      John Frame

    • Tina D.

      Me! I’m my favorite theologian. Oh wait, you meant someone famous…

      Hmmmm… John, the beloved! Oh, not him, either?

      In all seriousness, This would be great to win and add a physical piece of memorabilia to my N.T. Wright collection. (He once responded to an email of mine thanking him for speaking. I still have that email.)

      But, while I think Bishop Wright has an important place in theology today (and quite frankly, with his use of plain but not condescending language, helps to bridge the gap between academic theology and a hobbyist like myself), my favorite would have to be Leslie Newbigin. I don’t even know if he’s considered a theologian, but reading him in theology class ROCKED MY WORLD.

    • Tina D.

      Also, there are some pretty clever answers. I totally forgot about St. Nick slapping Arius! He put his money where someone else’s mouth was. Hahaahaa!

      Also, the poem about B. Wright is also pretty awesome. But I still want you to pick me. 🙂

    • Brian Roden

      Anselm of Canterbury. His work on the ontological argument and the Cur Deus Homo rocks!

    • Ryan Lewis

      Jonathan Edwards and his reincarnation John Piper

    • James Kirchner

      Thomas F. Torrance

    • Jay Mullinix

      Old School – Thomas Cranmer for the theological beauty and depth of The Book of Common Prayer

      Living – gotta be Roger E. Olson

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