Making theology accessible to everyone

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.


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

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.


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