Peter Leithart

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Peter J. Leithart (born 1959) is an American author, minister, theologian and president of Theopolis Institute for Biblical, Liturgical, & Cultural Studies in Birmingham, Alabama.[1] Leithart blogs at Peter J. Leithart, which is hosted by the journal First Things.[2] He previously served as Senior Fellow of Theology and Literature as well as Dean of Graduate Studies at New Saint Andrews College. He was selected by the Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education to be one of the organization's 2010-2012 Lecturers.[3] He is the author of commentaries on the Book of Kings and the Book of Samuel, as well as a Survey of the Old Testament. Other works include books on topics such as Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen. He is also the author of a book of children's bedtime stories titled Wise Words based on the Book of Proverbs.



Leithart was ordained a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.[4] In June 2011, Leithart was tried by his presbytery for heresy related to his views regarding the Federal Vision. In October 2011 he was exonerated on all charges.[5] Following his move to Birmingham in 2013, the presbytery with jurisdiction there denied his request to labor out of bounds (in a ministry not connected to the PCA) at Theopolis Institute.[6] He is now a minister in the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches.


  • with Grant, George (1987). The Catechism of the New Age: A Response to Dungeons and Dragons. 
  • with DeMar, Gary (1988). The Reduction of Christianity. 
  • with Grant, George (1990). Clean Air: A Citizen's Handbook for Media Accountability. 
  • with Grant, George (1990). In Defense of Greatness: How Biblical Character Shapes A Nation's Destiny. 
  • with Grant, George (1990). The Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Fall of Communism in Our Time. 
  • The Kingdom and the Power: Rediscovering the Centrality of the Church. 1993. 
  • Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring the Proverbs to Life. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 1995. ISBN 978-1591280149. 
  • Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide To Six Shakespeare Plays. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 1996. ISBN 978-1885767233. 
  • Heroes Of The City Of Man. Moscow,ID: Canon Press. 1999. ISBN 978-1885767554. 
  • A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2000. ISBN 978-1885767691. 
  • Blessed Are the Hungry: Meditations on the Lord's Supper. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2000. ISBN 978-1885767738. 
  • Ascent to Love: A Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2001. ISBN 978-1885767165. 
  • A Son to Me. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2003. ISBN 978-1885767998. 
  • Against Christianity. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2003. ISBN 978-1591280064. 
  • From Silence to Song: The Davidic Liturgical Revolution. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2003. ISBN 978-1591280019. 
  • The Priesthood of the Plebs: A Theology of Baptism. Wipf & Stock. 2003. ISBN 978-1592444045. 
  • Miniatures and Morals: The Christian Novels of Jane Austen. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2004. ISBN 978-1591280156. 
  • The Promise Of His Appearing: An Exposition Of Second Peter. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2004. ISBN 978-1591280262. 
  • 1 & 2 Kings. Brazos Theological Commentaries on the Bible. Brazos. 2006. 
  • A Great Mystery: Fourteen Wedding Sermons. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2006. ISBN 978-1591280378. 
  • Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy, & Hope In Western Literature. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2006. ISBN 978-1591280279. 
  • The Baptized Body. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2007. ISBN 978-1591280484. 
  • Solomon Among the Postmoderns. 2008. 
  • Writer of fancy: The playful piety of Jane Austen. Nashville, Tenn: Cumberland House Pub. 2008. ISBN 978-1-58182-645-6. 
  • Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture. Baylor University Press. 2009. 
  • The Epistles of John Through New Eyes: From Behind the Veil. Through new eyes Bible commentary series. Athanasius Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9842439-0-7.  In this verse-by-verse commentary, Leithart asserts that John, in his epistles, is continuing themes that he began to write about in his gospel, but which now have heightened in intensity and urgency as the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD approaches.
  • Jane Austen. Christian Encounters Series. Thomas Nelson. 2010. 
  • The Four: A Survey of the Gospels. Moscow, ID: Canon Press. 2010. ISBN 978-1591280804. 
  • Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom. IVP Academic. 2010. 
  • with Barach, John, eds. (2011). The Glory of Kings: A Festschrift in Honor of James B. Jordan. Wipf & Stock. 
  • Athanasius. Baker Academic. 2011. 
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky. Christian Encounters Series. Thomas Nelson. 2011. 
  • Between Babel and Beast: America and Empires in Biblical Perspective. Theopolitical Visions. Cascade. 2012. 


  1. ^ "Peter Leithart Bio". Theopolis Institute. 
  2. ^ Leithart, Peter J. (2012). "Moving Day". LEITHART.COM. 
  3. ^ "Lectures". Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities. 
  4. ^ "PCA's Evangel Presbytery Votes to Deny Peter Leithart's Request to Labor Out of Bounds". The Aquila Report. 
  5. ^ Clements, Don. "PCA's Pacific Northwest Presbytery Finds TE Peter Leithart Not Guilty of Federal Vision Charges". The Aquila Report. 
  6. ^ "PCA's Evangel Presbytery Votes to Deny Peter Leithart's Request to Labor Out of Bounds". The Aquila Report. 

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