May 11, 2015

Religion and Politics

Oftentimes when authors query us about their book idea they make the assumption that Principia Media is a religious publisher. Nothing could be further from the truth. Religious publishers have a set of religious beliefs that guide them in determining what to publish—and more importantly, what not to publish.

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is the nation’s largest religious publisher organization and is composed of all the leading Christian publishing houses in America. To be a member a publisher must adhere to the following Statement of Faith:

The Statement of Faith of the Association is as follows:

I. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
II. We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
III. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracle, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
IV. We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
V. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
VI. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
VII. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Statement of Faith is essentially identical to that of the National Association of

As a result, there are many authors who, by their very nature, question all of the above principles. Our founder, Vern Jones, did just that when we published, as our first book, The Non-Religious Christian. In his book, Vern took on the basis of traditional Christian beliefs through scientific facts and real-world logic.

If one studies our list, it becomes apparent that many books we publish challenge conventional belief systems—whether religious, political, through fiction and memoir or various nonfiction topics.

To publish with Principia an author needs to have an original and salable idea, have authorship talent, be openminded and, most importantly, be authentic in their words and actions.

If you are an author weighing the pros and cons of publishing a book, I suggest you fill in our form Let’s Talk About Your Book on this website. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your book idea. We will be thrilled to speak with you.

-Dirk Wierenga, Principia Director of Publishing

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