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Multnomah Seminary Professor Publishes New Book on Trinitarian Theology and Civil Society


Prolific author and professor at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Dr. Paul Louis, Metzger has co-edited a new book, A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology, released in April 2011 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

A World for All?

A World for All? considers the ongoing relationship between civil society and the church and includes consideration of how Evangelicalism can participate in constructive dialogue with other movements in society based on Christ's sacrificial example. Through interdisciplinary essays and diverse perspectives from around the world, the book contemplates a globally-inclusive social vision unbounded by national and ethnic borders. More than 15 social theorists and theologians reflect on globalization, ethics, and religion, as they consider whether global civil society offers hope of a world for all.

Dr. Metzger co-edited the volume along with Dr. William F. Storrar and Dr. Peter J. Casarella. Dr. Metzger also contributed an essay titled, "Beyond the Culture Wars: Contours of Authentic Dialogue".


  • Daniela C. Augustine
  • Alexander Broadie
  • J. Kameron Carter
  • Peter J. Casarella
  • William J. Danaher
  • Kimberly Hutchings
  • Kristen Deede Johnson
  • John Keane
  • Nico Koopman
  • Christoffel Lombard
  • Paul Louis Metzger
  • Petr Pokorny
  • J. Jayakiran Sebastian
  • Rudolf von Sinner
  • Dirkie Smit
  • Max L. Stackhouse
  • William F. Storrar


"It is critical that the Evangelical movement develop a public theology of the common good in which we are able to dialogue and work with those from very different perspectives," Dr. Metzger said.

"Evangelicals must not compromise the biblical presentation of the Gospel, but given the Evangelical belief that all people are created in God's image, we must not refuse to enter into dialogue either. Instead, working in light of our truth-claims grounded in Jesus Christ, we must pursue open and honest dialogue that promotes sacrificial co-existence. Only when Evangelicals engage in sacrificial co-existence in view of Jesus for the world at-large can we hope that our views of the evangel will be heard by all."

More Information

For more information about A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology, contact Beyth Greenetz at 503.251.6767 or email

About Paul Louis Metzger

Dr. Paul Louis Metzger is professor of Christian theology and theology of culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Among his other works he has recently authored Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church and The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town.

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Anchorage, Alaska. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.