“Michael Hardin is one of our most important theologians today. He has a special gift of teaching profound anthropology and theology in simple, but far from simplistic, ways. His Facebook posts are a prime example of how social media can be used to foster genuine theological discussions and genuine pastoral relationships. Read What the Facebook? and discover how this great teacher is using social media to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ like never before.” – Adam Ericksen, Education Director at the Raven Foundation
“In What the Facebook? Michael Hardin doesn’t merely preach to the social media choir with comfortable repackaged theological sound bites. Instead, he daringly shakes up the choral arrangement and strikes a more sophisticated theological chord by offering a florilegia of original, serious, and fully orbed ‘posts’ in a venue that invites, but isn’t usually used for, such advanced scholarship. Hardin has drawn an eclectic mix of interfacing ‘friends,’ each presenting him with varying levels of encouragement and challenges, but all of whom find it hard to ignore his provocative yet cogent offerings—not that you’d want to. His innovative use of social media as a testing ground for his theological musings and thought-provoking analysis that this book deftly showcases is sure to inspire other theologians to follow his lead.” – Andrew P. Klager (PhD) – Mennonite Studies & Christian History, University of the Fraser Valley / Trinity Western University
“I had the pleasure of watching this book unfold on Facebook in real time, even contributing to it with a steady stream of ‘likes,’ ‘shares’ and cries of ‘Why aren’t you blogging on Patheos already?’ While most of us use Facebook to connect with friends and to post items that we find winsome or witty (or which we hope will make us appear that way), Michael has completely rewritten the rules of the game, transforming his Facebook account from a social network into a theological salon par excellence that not even Mark Zuckerberg could have anticipated. If the NSA is keeping a file on Michael (and you know they are), they’d better tank up on hard drive space, because I get the feeling this book is only the beginning.” – Kevin Miller, director of Hellbound?
Michael Hardin is one of my favorite thinkers. He has two things I admire—a sharp mind and a tender heart. In his book What the Facebook?: Posts from the Edge of Christendom (which I call Hardin’s Greatest Hits) Michael Hardin sets forth his profound and often provocative ideas in that ubiquitous and riotous forum that is Facebook. It’s serious theology engaging American mass culture—sometimes funny, sometimes furious, and always compelling. – Brian Zahnd Pastor of Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, Missouri, and author of A Farewell To Mars
“An invaluable resource for the lay theologian wanting to seriously explore leading edge theological thinking with a master. After an excellent foundational chapter, the reader is provided an extensive series of short but dense readings on a wide variety of topics perfect for daily study and reflection. Michael’s Jesus-centric theology, influenced by Girard, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Luther, Paul, and the gospel writers, is both orthodox and revolutionary. This is an excellent companion to Michael’s seminal work The Jesus Driven Life which I consider an essential resource for the emerging church. Once you’ve completed this book, you’ll want to keep it handy for ready reference.” ~ Steve Hansen, Founder, Emerging Hampton Roads
“Michael Hardin is by far one of the most important voices in Christian theology today. His work on the non-violence of Jesus and how this affects every aspect of our theology, and indeed life, is invaluable and is exposing thousands of Christians to the Gospel of Peace for the first time. In What the Facebook? Michael has compiled hundreds of his daily theological musings from Facebook and created a rich tome full of Christ-centered goodness that will cause you to rethink the way you have understood everything from the atoning work of Christ to the nature of heresy and a thousand other vital theological topics from his refreshing Girardian perspective. This book is a must read for anyone who desires to think outside of their tired theological box and delve more deeply into the riches of the Gospel of Jesus.” – Brandan Robertson, Writer, Activist, Director of The Revangelical Movement
“Discussing theology over social media is not an easy task. It is unlike writing a book, where much more information can be communicated, and it also is unlike a seminar where questions and answers can freely flow and the teacher is able to gauge exactly what is being asked. Michael Hardin is very used to those two scenarios, as an author and teacher, but he has also been pioneering the idea of using Facebook – not as an advert for books and seminars, but to actually engage people online and really teach and discuss theology with people throughout the world. The difficulty is, that everyone comes from different backgrounds, uses the same words in different ways, and some are often just there to argue about anything and everything. Yet Michael has persevered, and in doing so he has introduced people to great theologians like Barth, Bultmann and Bonhoeffer, and to great theological ideas like the gospel of peace, changing our image of God away from a violent God, the true nature of atonement, applying Rene Girard’s mimetic theory to the problem of religious scapegoating, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus in today’s theologically mixed-up church. What has resulted from these discussions is a fascinating look at the world of Facebook, and the challenges – and importance – of engaging people where they are, and, (hopefully), inspiring them to keep going further.” – Martin Trench, author and Lead Pastor of Gateway Alliance Church, Edmonton, Alberta.
“Few theologians are willing to engage with people on Facebook. It is a brave thing to do! Michael’s posts have helped many to rethink their concepts of God, man, atonement, violence and the satan. Whether you agree or not, these posts will be highly informative. Andre Rabe, author of Imagine.