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Peter J. Leithart (born 1959) is an American author, minister, theologian and Senior Fellow of Theology and Literature as well as Dean of Graduate Studies at New Saint Andrews College and holds a doctorate from Cambridge University. 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 is a faculty member at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho and has written numerous books and commentaries regarding literature and theology. He is a frequent contributor to such ecumenical and Trinitarian publications as First Things, Touchstone, and Credenda/Agenda, as well as theological journals such as Westminster Theological Journal, Bound Only Once and Federal Vision. He has served as editor and writer for American Vision in Atlanta, Georgia.

Leithart was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and is pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, a congregation of the Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). Dr. Leithart was pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Birmingham, Alabama from 1989 to 1995. In 2005, Reformed Heritage changed it's name to Trinity Presbyterian Church, and it's denominational affiliation to the CREC.

His writing is highly respected by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestants alike.[1].


Leithart was raised as a Lutheran, but is now an ordained minister in the Presbyterian church. He is an advocate of Federal Vision theology.[1]

The thrust of many of his recent works has been to show the practical application of typology.

Personal life

Peter Leithart and his wife have ten children.[2]


"In the West, the Church is surrounded by the spiritual lethargy that accompanies a surfeit of wealth and aimless ease." From The Pagan West, First Things.

“Modernity has for many moderns been a singularly joyless place...And no wonder: If the burden of reducing the world to order fell on you; if you were tasked to construct a theory of everything and then write out the equation; if you had to be on constant patrol along the empty razor-wire borders between religion and politics, art and life, theology and philosophy, nature and society, us and them; if you had to ensure that the trinity of control, freedom, and progress remained in place for all ages—if you had all this to do, you might not exactly be bubbling buoyantly with childish glee.” Solomon Among the Postmoderns.


  • Writer of Fancy: The Playful Piety of Jane Austen (forthcoming)
  • The Epistles of John Through New Eyes: From Behind the Veil, Peter J. Leithart's commentary on 1 - 3 John is the latest entry in The Through New Eyes Bible Commentary Series. 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 70 AD approaches. In this verse-by-verse commentary, Dr. Leithart expounds John's inspired instructions to Christians living at the end of an age, to whom God himself has drawn near and revealed himself in Jesus Christ.
  • Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture (2009), Baylor University Press.
  • Solomon Among Postmoderns (2007)
  • The Baptized Body (2007)
  • Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy, & Hope In Western Literature (2006)
  • 1 & 2 Kings (2006) in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series.
  • A Great Mystery: Fourteen Wedding Sermons (2006)
  • The Promise Of His Appearing: An Exposition Of Second Peter (2004)
  • Miniatures and Morals: The Christian Novels of Jane Austen (2004)
  • Against Christianity (2003)
  • From Silence to Song: The Davidic Liturgical Revolution (2003)
  • The Priesthood of the Plebs: A Theology of Baptism (2003)
  • A Son to Me (2003)
  • Ascent to Love: A Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy (2001)
  • Blessed Are the Hungry: Meditations on the Lord's Supper (2000)
  • A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament (2000)
  • Heroes Of The City Of Man (1999)
  • Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide To Six Shakespeare Plays (1996)
  • Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring the Proverbs to Life (1995)
  • The Kingdom and the Power: Rediscovering the Centrality of the Church (1993)
  • Clean Air: A Citizen's Handbook for Media Accountability with George Grant, (1990)
  • In Defense of Greatness: How Biblical Character Shapes A Nation's Destiny with George Grant, (1990)
  • The Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Fall of Communism in Our Time with George Grant, (1990)
  • The Reduction of Christianity with Gary DeMar (1988)
  • The Catechism of the New Age: A Response to Dungeons and Dragons (1987), with George Grant (1987)

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