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Gregory Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology and Urban Studies,
Senior Fellow of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies,
Theme Coordinator of Aequitas Fellows Program in Urban Leadership

On Faculty since 2011
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Ph.D., Duke University, 2010
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2003
A.B., Princeton University, 2000

About Gregory Lee

Dr. Gregory Lee is Associate Professor of Theology and Urban Studies at Wheaton College, where he also serves as Senior Fellow for The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies, Theme Coordinator of the Aequitas Fellows Program in Urban Leadership, and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Engagement. His research concentrates on the theology of Augustine and its relevance today. A resident of the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, he is especially interested in urban questions of race and class. He has a developing interest in Asian American theology and ethics.

Dr. Lee’s current book project, Christians among the Corrupt: Augustine, Race, and the Challenge of Immoral Communities, retrieves Augustine’s understanding of church and society to address contemporary issues of Christianity and race. He is also producing an abbreviated and annotated edition of Augustine’s City of God (under contract with Baker Academic).

Outside Wheaton, Dr. Lee is Theologian in Residence at Lawndale Christian Community Church. He served for several years as board chair of Manna Christian Fellowship, a campus ministry at Princeton University.

  • Augustine
  • John Calvin
  • Ecclesiology
  • Political Theology
  • Christianity and Race
  • Asian American Theology and Ethics
  • Doctrine of Scripture
  • Christianity and Judaism
  • History of Biblical Interpretation
  • Roman Catholic Theology
  • Doctrine of the Trinity


  • American Academy of Religion
  • North American Patristics Society
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Chicago Theological Initiative
  • AQTS 111: Introduction to Urban Leadership
  • AQTS 411: Aequitas Urban Leadership Final Project
  • BITH 315: Christian Thought
  • BITH 346: Ancient Faith for the Modern World
  • BITH 371: Early Christianity: From Rome to Byzantium (cross-listed with BITH 653-654)
  • BITH 372: Historical Theology
  • BITH 375: Christian Ethics
  • BITH 376: Theologies of Transformation (for Wheaton in Chicago)
  • BITH 382: Church
  • BITH 396: Roman Catholic Theology
  • BITH 483: Augustine (cross-listed with BITH 677 and 679)
  • BITH 491: Early Christianity Senior Seminar: The Essential City of God
  • BITH 494: Senior Seminar: Faith, Work, and Flourishing
  • CORE 362: Christianity from Asia to America (Advanced Integrative Seminar)
  • URBN 371/BITH 378: Race, Class, and Justice (for Wheaton in Chicago)

Today When You Hear His Voice: Scripture, the Covenants, and the People of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016).

Christian Political Witness, co-edited with George Kalantzis (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014).


“Augustine and Scripture," in Hearing and Doing the Word: The Drama of Evangelical Hermeneutics in Honor of Kevin J. Vanhoozer, ed. Daniel J. Treier and Douglas A. Sweeney (London: T&T Clark, 2021), 127-42.

"Mercy and Mass Incarceration: Augustinian Reflections on ‘The New Jim Crow,’” The Journal of Religion 98 (2018): 192-223.

“Israel between the Two Cities: Augustine’s Theology of the Jews and Judaism,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 24 (2016): 523-51.

“Using the Earthly City: Ecclesiology, Political Activity, and Religious Coercion in Augustine,” Augustinian Studies 47 (2016): 41-63.

“Republics and Their Loves: Rereading City of God 19,” Modern Theology 27 (2011): 553-81.

Popular-Level Writings
The Sins of Evangelicalism’s Past: Collective Repentance and the Question of History,” Christian Scholar’s Review Blog (April 14, 2022).

The Complexities of Forbearance: Augustinian Insights for an Age of Polarization,” Comment (January 14, 2021).

What Difference Will Asian American Christians Make?,” Reclaim Magazine (July 14, 2020).