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Keith Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology

On Faculty since 2008
BGH 558

"The transformation of the human mind and its renewal through assimilation to the mind of Christ is something that has to go on throughout the whole of our life—it is a never-ending discipleship in repentant rethinking as we take up the cross and follow Christ. That is why we cannot be theologians without the incessant prayer in offering ourselves daily to God through the reconciling and atoning mediation of Christ; and that is also why we cannot be evangelists without being theologians whose minds are constantly schooled in obedience to Christ.” –T.F. Torrance

Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on modern and contemporary systematic theology. His interests include the theology of the majority world, dialogues between Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant theologians, the doctrines of the Trinity and Christology, and theological accounts of race. He is currently writing a book on Jesus of Nazareth.

Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., 2008

Duke Divinity School
Th.M., 2004

Baylor University
M.Div., 2002

Baylor University
B.A., 1999

  • Modern and Contemporary Theology
  • Theologies of the Majority World
  • The Doctrines of the Trinity and Christology
  • The Relationship Between Nature and Grace
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Modern and contemporary theology
  • Theology from the majority world
  • The relationship between nature and grace
  • The doctrines of the Trinity and Christology
  • BITH 111 Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • BITH 315 Christian Thought
  • BITH 374 Systematic Theology
  • BITH 375 Christian Ethics
  • BITH 377 Contemporary Theology
  • BITH 385 The Doctrine of the Triune God
  • BITH 391 Doctrine of Salvation
  • BITH 392 Doctrine of Scripture
  • BITH 398 Eastern Orthodox Theology
  • BITH 399 Readings in Eastern Orthodox Theology
  • BITH 484/558 The Theology of Thomas Aquinas
  • BITH 486 Theology of John Calvin
  • BITH 488/558 Theology of Karl Barth
  • BITH 565 Christian Theology (online)
  • BITH 656 Modern Theology
  • BITH 675 Advanced Systematic Theology: Nature and Grace
  • CORE 101 First Year Seminar

Compatibilism and Continuity in Katherine Sonderegger's Systematic Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, KL Johnson, 2017

Discovering Theology as Grace: Remarks on Edward T. Oakes’ Infinity Dwindled to Infancy, Chicago Studies, KL Johnson, 2015

What is Salvation? in Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language, ed. Gary Burge and David Lauber, KL Johnson, 2014

He Descended into Hell, Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, KL Johnson, 2014

Natural Revelation in Creation and Covenant, in Karl Barth and Thomas Aquinas: An Unofficial Ecumenical Dialogue, ed. Bruce L. McCormack and Thomas Joseph White, O.P., KL Johnson, 2013

A Reappraisal of Karl Barth’s Theological Development and His Dialogue with Catholicism, International Journal of Systematic Theology, KL Johnson, 2012

Reconsidering Barth’s Rejection of Przywara’s analogia entis, Modern Theology, KL Johnson, 2010

Bonhoeffer and the End of the Christian Academy, in Bonhoeffer, Christ and Culture, ed. Keith L. Johnson and Timothy Larsen, KL Johnson, 2013





How Should We Face Death?

Death stands against us as a hostile enemy. Yet, as Dr. Keith Johnson unpacks in this TowerTalk, we do not fear death because we also remember that death has been defeated by Jesus Christ who awaits us on the other side.


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