John Sanders is an American theologian who has authored and edited seven books as well as over three dozen articles and book chapters. Around 50,000 copies of his books are in print in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Romanian and three were named in Christianity Today magazine’s books of the year awards. News articles about him have appeared in 31 periodicals including The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, and the Toronto Globe.
Sanders was raised in Hoopeston Illinois, the sweetcorn capital of the world and whose high school mascot is the “Cornjerker” (look it up!). He has a doctorate in theology, spent a year as the Dominic Crosson Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, and is presently professor of religious studies at Hendrix College in Arkansas.
Most of Sanders’ publications are on four topics: (1) open theism, (2) Christian views on the salvation of non-Christians for which he is a proponent of what is called inclusivism, (3) Christian views on the nature of hell, and (4) applying cognitive linguistics to theology. He has given over eighty presentations at academic conferences and dozens more in church settings. His work has generated a great deal of scholarly activity in that they are substantively engaged by or at least cited in 369 books, book chapters, and journal articles. In addition, 48 doctoral dissertations, and 26 masters theses engage his publications.
A favorite pastime is kayaking on streams in which he can play in the rapids and paddle along towering bluffs and tupelo trees. He is an avid basketball player who, as point guard, likes to make no-look passes for assists. He also enjoys playing Frisbee with his dogs and going for hikes with them in the woods. He and his wife Jody love anytime they get to spend with their five grown children and four grandchildren.