All Books by Peter Heltzel

Peter Goodwin Heltzel has written, edited, or contributed to books that tackle some of the most important topics in global theology today: racial justice, evangelical influence, denominational identity, and American politics.


Rev. Alexia Salvatierra and Rev. Dr. Peter Heltzel, 2013

With so many injustices, small and great, across the world and right at our doorstep, what are people of faith to do? Since the 1930s, organizing movements for social justice in the U.S..have largely been built on assumptions that are secular origin—such as reliance on self-interest and having a common enemy as a motivator for change. But what if Christians were to shape their organizing around the implications of the truth that God is real and Jesus is risen?

Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel present a model of social action that is rooted in the values and convictions born of faith. This model of “faith-rooted organizing” offers a path to meaningful social change that takes seriously the command to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself.


Edited by Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Bruce Ellis Benson and Malinda Elizabeth Berry

This series of provocative books explores the complex relationship between Christian doctrine and contemporary life. Deeply rooted in the Christian tradition yet taking postmodern and postcolonial perspectives seriously, series authors navigate difference and dialogue constructively about divisive and urgent issues of the early twenty-first century. The books in the series are sensitive to historical contexts, marked by philosophical precision, and relevant to contemporary problems. Embracing shalom justice, series authors seek to bear witness to God’s gracious activity of building beloved community.

Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom
Edited by Heltzel, Benson and Berry, 2012

In this first volume of the series, fifteen contributors share their visions for a biblically centered, culturally engaged, and historically infused evangelicalism. They articulate several approaches to creating a socially responsible, gospel-centric, and ecumenical evangelical identity.

Resurrection CityResurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation
Peter Goodwin Heltzel, 2012

In Resurrection City Peter Heltzel paints a prophetic picture of an evangelical Christianity that eschews a majority mentality and instead fights against racism, inequality, and injustice, embracing the concerns of the poor and marginalized, just as Jesus did.

His vision draws inspiration from the black freedom struggle and the lives of Sojourner Truth, Howard Thurman, and Martin Luther King Jr. Pulsing with hope and beauty, Resurrection City compels evangelical Christians to begin “a global movement for love and justice” that truly embodies the kingdom of God.

Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race, and American Politics
Peter Goodwin Heltzel, 2009

Investigating the increasing visibility and influence of evangelical Christians in American politics, Peter Goodwin Heltzel considers four evangelical social movements: Focus on the Family, the National Association of Evangelicals, Christian Community Development Association, and Sojourners.

Chalice Introduction to Disciples Theology
Edited by Peter Goodwin Heltzel, 2008
A comprehensive introduction to theology and ethics from the standpoint of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A broad range of Disciples authors consider the racial-ethnic, generational, and theological diversity that characterizes the denomination.

Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo
Edited by Peter Goodwin Heltzel and Bruce Ellis Benson, 2008
This groundbreaking collection considers empire from a global perspective, exploring the role of evangelicals in political, social, and economic engagement at a time when empire is alternately denounced and embraced.

Theology in Global Context: Essays in Honor of Robert C. Neville
Edited by Peter Goodwin Heltzel and Amos Yong, 2004
Early in his career, Robert Cummings Neville realized that the philosophical framework of the West alone was inadequate for a truly global theology. The original essays in the volume participate in and model the kind of dialogical, global theology embodied in Neville’s work.