About us

Currently, theology can be difficult to navigate. We provide ways for people to grasp it at a local level. Tent Theology was founded to resource the local church and make theology accessible to everyone.

Director

Stephen Backhouse is the director and primary teacher of Tent. He is an international speaker and teacher. For over two decades he has been delivering real theology to thousands of Christians around the world in churches, universities, schools, festivals, political party conferences, youth camps, newspapers, magazines, television and podcasts. 

Stephen has a doctorate from the University of Oxford and multiple master’s degrees from McGill University in Montreal and Oxford, where he also did his undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology. 

He is an historian of Christian thought, an expert on the work of Søren Kierkegaard and an authority on the political theology of nations and nationalism. He is the author of many publications, including Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism (OUP: 2011), the Compact Guide to Christian History (Lion: 2011) and the award-winning popular biography Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Zondervan: 2016).

A key partner of Tent Theology is Westminster Theological Centre, where Stephen is Dean of Theology in the Local Church. Together, Tent and WTC work to create space in the church for serious intellectual engagement with Christianity, always accompanied by worship and fellowship, Word and Spirit. For more on the exciting opportunities offered by WTC see https://wtctheology.org.uk.

Stephen has been the Director of Graduate Studies and the Lecturer in Social and Political Theology for St Mellitus College, and the Co-Director of the St Paul’s School of Theology, both based in London, England.


Frequently asked questions

What does it look like?

Tent Theology is tailored to the vision and needs of the host church or church network.

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Are there essays, exams, and assignments?

No. Tent Theology is not a course for credit. It is a way to bring lively and accessible theology to anyone in your church at any level of education. Prior study of theology is not expected or required.

When and where can I access Tent Theology?

Tent Theology is a travelling programme. We come to where you are, when you want. 

Tent Theology currently has partners in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

How can I invite Tent Theology to my church / area?

Please use the email info@tenttheology.com to request more information or to enquire about bringing Tent Theology to your church or church network.

How much does it cost?

The vision of Tent Theology is to make quality theological education and equipping available to a wide audience, especially communities who are not usually able to provide this resource to their people.

Tent Theology seeks to serve the local church at rates the local church can afford. Fees vary according to size of church and duration of the programme. Please contact us for a quote on email info@tenttheology.com.

Why 'Tent'?

Tents are good. God's people first worshipped Him in a meeting tent. King David pitched a tent for the Ark of the Lord. Isaiah counsels the people to enlarge their tents to make room for the Lord's blessing. The Psalms say the heavens are like a tent stretched above us. The Apostle Paul was a tentmaker, travelling from local church to local church as he worked and taught his way across the land. A tent is easy to set up. It is easy to take down. It is easy to take anywhere. 

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