The purpose of Theological Puzzles is to gather and publish a range of theological puzzles in order to advance the study of Science-Engaged Theology (SET). These puzzles will be useful discussion points for undergraduate and postgraduate teachers, as well as important research contributions in their own right.


We ask all our authors to follow this format (or something close to it) and numbering style:

1. Introduction & Hypothesis
2. Fields of Study
2.1 Subfield A (e.g. Liturgical Studies)
2.2 Subfield B (e.g. Genetics)
3. Discussion
4. Conclusion


If you are interested in contributing, please contact our managing editor, Mikael Leidenhag,


Authors receive £950 upon publication for a full Theological Puzzle, and up to £400 for a Note (may be subject to tax).

Guide for Authors

Length of full Theological Puzzle

Preferred length is between 2,000 and 5,000 words, excluding notes and bibliography.

Length of Note

Preferred length is up to 2,000 words, excluding bibliography. 

Citations and bibliography

We follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition). That is, author-date system for in-text references.


(Author 2020, 199).

Bibliography should be listed in alphabetical order by author surname.


Book, single author: Crisp, Oliver D. 2015. Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians. Grand Rapids and Cambridge: Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Edited book: Perry, John. 2014. “Where did utilitarianism come from?” In God, the Good, and Utilitarianism, edited by John Perry, 15-52. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article: Leidenhag, Mikael. 2019. “Does naturalism make room for Teleology? The Case of Donald Crosby and Thomas Nagel.” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40: 5-19.

Bible Citations: Should indicate version used. E.g. Luke 4:18 NRSV.

Key terms

Given the interdisciplinary scope of this catalogue, it is important to clearly define key terms.

Footnotes can be used but should be done so sparingly and only for explanatory purposes.


Images are allowed, but the Author is responsible for securing relevant permissions, and providing copies along with the images.

Video Abstract

Although not required, we encourage all our authors to submit a short video abstract (not neccessary for a Note). A goal of this website is to reach a diverse set of audiences and we believe that a video abstract can help to draw in a variety of readers.

What should the video abstract cover?

Please cover these four questions in your video:

  1. Why is this theological puzzle important?
  2. What is your hypothesis?
  3. What are your “fields of study”?
  4. What are the main conclusions of your puzzle?

The video should ideally be 3-5 minutes long.

Example of a video abstract

How should I record it?

You can record it either on your phone or on your laptop/computer. We would recommend using Windows Movie Maker, but any video recording software will suffice. You are free to incorporate Powerpoint slides, for which we recommend Slideshare.

How do I submit the video abstract?

You can send the video file directly to You can also upload your video on Google Drive, Dropbox, or any other file-sharing service and share the link. Your video abstract will be posted online on our YouTube channel and will be made available publicly as a part of this online resource.


Managing editor
Mikael Leidenhag