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Theologian Trading Cards

I was spending some time a few minutes ago on one of my favorite blogs of all time and came across this post. I thought this was the coolest thing ever. It is officially on my list of father’s day gifts – yes – you got that right – gifts!

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

Zondervan’s Theologian Trading Cards offer an incredibly novel way to learn theology and church history. Creator Norman Jeune III came up with the idea to imitate baseball cards at seminary while listening to students discuss theologians as if they were baseball players.

The result is 288 trading cards featuring important figures in church history including heretics and philosophers.

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

Each card features the theologian’s name, lifespan, short biography, and quick list of significant contributions that influenced Christianity. If you want a quick yet thorough lesson on church history, these cards will be one of the better options if not the best.

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

There are 15 teams used to categorize the theologians. It’s a mix of fun novelty and useful classification, which helps users understand the big picture of each theologian’s role (good and bad) in the Body of Christ. Team names include:

  • Athens Metaphysicians (philosophers)
  • Avignon Crusaders (medieval)
  • Berlin Aggiornamentos (contemporary)
  • Cantebury Monarchs (english reformers, anglicans, puritans)
  • Constantinople Hesychasts (orthodox church)
  • Geneva Sovereigns (later reformed church, early reformers)
  • Jerusalem Resourcers (contemporary)
  • Los Angeles Knights (fundamentalists, evangelicals)
  • Munich Monks (hermits, monks, mystics)
  • Munster Radicals (radical reformation, anabaptists)
  • Orthodoxy Dodgers (heretics)
  • Serampore Preachers (missionaries)
  • St. James Padres (church fathers of the patristic era)
  • St. Pius Cardinals (roman catholic primarily from post-reformation)
  • Wittenberg Whistle-Blowers (early reformers, later lutheran church)

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

And if that’s not enough, there are even a few blank cards for you to create your own trading cards.



Norman Jeune III

Kent Shaffer

This entry was posted in: theology


There are three things I think about every moment of everyday... they consume me deeply. How to: 1. Refine my theological understanding 2. sharpen my ethical rigor 3. and heighten my devotional intensity. These are the things I write about. Welcome you to my blog... Join me on this incredible journey of exploration and discovery of all the things God has in store for His children. Join by following or subscribing. I appreciate your thoughts, comments and friendship. Walter


  1. Reblogged this on darylgstewart and commented:
    I deposited this blog to give credit to Walter for finding these. They are so cool, if I do not get a set for Father’s Day, I may just have to go to the Zondervan web site and buy them as a self-indulgence.


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