Thomas Oord

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Professor of Theology and Philosophy

Northwest Nazarene University

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Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books. A twelve-time Faculty Award winner at Northwest Nazarene University, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. A gifted speaker, Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.


Ever Creator: God Always Creates out of Creation in Love. In progress.

Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media: Advice, Tips, and Testimonials. Editor. San Diego, CA: SacraSage, 2017.

The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Theology of Providence. Downers Grove, Ill: Intervarsity, 2015.

Renovating Holiness. Edited with Josh Broward. Boise: SacraSage, 2015.

Theologies of Creation: Creatio ex Nihilo and Its New Rivals. Editor and contributor. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Nazarenes Exploring Evolution. Edited with Sherri Walker. Boise: SacraSage, 2013.

Relational Theology: A Contemporary Introduction. Edited with Brint Montgomery and Karen Winslow. San Diego: Point Loma University Press, 2012.

The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture. Edited with Richard Thompson. SacraSage Press, 2011.

God in an Open Universe: Science, Metaphysics, and Open Theism. Editor with William Hasker and Dean Zimmerman. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press, 2011.

The Best News You Will Ever Hear. With Robert Luhn. Boise, ID: Elevate, 2011.

The Polkinghorne Reader. London: SPCK Press; Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2010.

The Nature of Love: A Theology. St. Louis, Mo.: Chalice Press, 2010.

Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Brazos, 2010.

Divine Grace and Emerging Creation: Wesleyan Forays in Science and Theology of Creation. Editor and Contributor. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2009.

Love Among Us. Edited with Darrin Grinder. Denver, Colo.: Outskirts Press, 2009.

Postmodern and Wesleyan: Exploring the Boundaries and the Possibilities. Editor with Jay Akkerman and Brent Peterson. Kansas City, Mo.: Beacon Hill Press, 2009.

Creation Made Free: Open Theology and Science. Editor and contributor. Eugene: Pickwick, 2009.

The Altruism Reader: Selections from Writings on Love, Religion and Science. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2008.

The Many Facets of Love: Philosophical Explorations. Editor and Contributor. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.

Relational Holiness: Responding to the Call of Love, with Michael Lodahl. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2005. Spanish Translation: Santidad Relacional: Respuesta al llamado de amor (Venezuela, 2006).

Science of Love: The Wisdom of Well-Being. Philadelphia: Templeton Press, 2004. Spanish translation: La cience del Amor: Sabiduria del bienestar (Mexico: Panorama, 2006). Polish translation: Milosc: Sprawai, Ze Swiat Sie Kreci: naukaow o milosci (Krakow, Poland: Wydawnictwo WAM, 2009).

Philosophy of Religion: Essay Introductions. Editor and contributor. Kansas City, Mo.: Beacon Hill Press, 2003.

Thy Name and Thy Nature is Love: Wesleyan and Process Theologies in Dialogue. Editor, with Bryan P. Stone, and contributor. Nashville: Kingswood, 2001.

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