Assistant Professor of Theology; Senior Fellow, The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies
On Faculty since 2011
Office: BGC 526
Ph.D., Duke University, 2010
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2003
A.B., Princeton University, 2000
About Gregory Lee
My work is driven by an interest in retrieving the Christian tradition for constructive theological ends. After establishing roots in evangelicalism through the undergraduate campus ministries at Princeton University and the M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, I began the Ph.D. in Christian Theological Studies at the Duke University Graduate Program in Religion. My time there both strengthened my sense of identification with classic Christianity and broadened my appreciation for Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage. It also sparked in me a love for Augustine and especially City of God, a remarkable text that has profoundly shaped my thought and will remain central for my future work.
My first book, Today When You Hear His Voice: Scripture, the Covenants, and the People of God, concerns the appropriation of pre-modern interpreters for contemporary understandings of Scriptural authority, drawing especially on Augustine, Calvin, and the Epistle to the Hebrews. My next major project, Sin and Sectarianism: An Augustinian Theology of Ecclesial Division, will explore Augustine’s understanding of ecclesial sin and its implications for church division and the church-world relationship. I have long felt a calling to teach, and I am grateful for the opportunity to engage such highly motivated students at Wheaton. The Department of Biblical and Theological Studies provides many resources for cross-disciplinary inquiry, and The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies offers a unique context to explore a kind of evangelical resourcement.
I am married to my best friend, Jeanette, and father to two darling children, Jeremy SeungGi (2013) and Audrey SungHae (2015). We live in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, where we are active members of Lawndale Christian Community Church. I also served for several years as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Manna Christian Fellowship, an undergraduate campus ministry at Princeton University.
BITH 315 Christian Thought
BITH 371/653 Early Christianity
BITH 371/654 Medieval Christianity
BITH 372 Historical Theology
BITH 375 Theological Ethics
BITH 376 Theologies of Transformation (Wheaton in Chicago)
BITH 381 Spiritual Classics: Augustine’s Confessions
BITH 382 Doctrine of the Church
BITH 392 Doctrine of Scripture
BITH 396 Roman Catholic Theology
BITH 483/558 Theology of Augustine
BITH 489 Advanced Topics in Patristic Thought
BITH 494 Senior Seminar: Global Christianity
Membership in Professional Societies
American Academy of Religion
North American Patristics Society
Areas of Research
Theology of Augustine
Roman Catholic Theology
Doctrine of Scripture
History of Biblical Interpretation
Doctrine of the Trinity
Theology of Calvin
Christianity and Judaism
Today When You Hear His Voice: Scripture, the Covenants, and the People of God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016).
Christian Political Witness (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014), co-editor with George Kalantzis.
“Mass Incarceration in Theological Perspective: Augustinian Reflections on ‘The New Jim Crow.’” Under review.
“Augustine of Hippo,” in Daniel J. Treier and Walter A. Elwell, eds., Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 3rd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic). Forthcoming.
“Israel between the Two Cities: Augustine’s Theology of the Jews and Judaism,” Journal of Early Christian Studies. Forthcoming.
“Augustine’s Two Cities Revisited: Contemporary Approaches to De ciuitate Dei,” co-authored with Anthony Dupont, Archive of the History of Philosophy and Social Thought 61 (2016). Forthcoming.
“Using the Earthly City: Ecclesiology, Political Activity, and Religious Coercion in Augustine,” Augustinian Studies 47 (2016): 41-63.
“The Spirit’s Self-Testimony: Pneumatology in Basil of Caesarea and Augustine of Hippo,” in Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith, ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015).
“How Does God Relate to the World?” in Gary M. Burge and David Lauber, eds., Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014), 64-79.
“Republics and Their Loves: Rereading City of God 19,” Modern Theology 27 (2011): 553-81.
Review of Political Augustinianism: Modern Interpretations of Augustine’s Political Thought, by Michael J. S. Bruno, in Augustiniana 65 (2015): 250-53.
“God’s Recovery,” review of Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine, by Khaled Anatolios, Marginalia Review of Books, October 27, 2015. http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/gods-recovery-by-gregory-w-lee
Review of City of God (Books 1-10), by Augustine, trans. William Babcock, Themelios 38 (2013): 290-91.
Review of Pilgrim City: St Augustine of Hippo and His Innovation in Political Thought, by Miles Hollingworth, Theology 114 (2011): 292-93.
“Using the Earthly City: Ecclesiology and Political Action in Augustine,” Workshop in Christian Political Thought, hosted by Bryan McGraw at Wheaton College; Wheaton, IL (July 31, 2014)
“Suffering the Two Cities: Sin and Sectarianism in Augustine,” North American Patristics Society; Chicago, IL (May 24, 2014)
“The Spirit’s Self-Testimony: Pneumatology in Basil of Caesarea and Augustine of Hippo,” Wheaton Theology Conference: Wheaton, IL (April 3, 2014)
“Between the Two Cities: Augustine’s Theology of the Jews and Judaism,” North American Patristics Society; Chicago, IL (May 23, 2013)
“Text Tormented or Treasure Untold? Augustine and Calvin on Galatians 4,” Society of Biblical Literature, Christian Theology and the Bible Section; New Orleans, LA (Nov. 24, 2009)
“Republics and Their Loves: Rereading City of God 19,” North American Patristics Society (May 21, 2009)
“Israel and the Two Cities: A Structural Analysis of De Civitate Dei,” Duke Theology and Ethics Colloquium (Oct. 7, 2008).
“Constructing the Unity of the Testaments: A Dialogue with Augustine, Calvin, and the Epistle to the Hebrews,” Duke Theology and Ethics Colloquium (May 6, 2008)
“Calvin and the New Perspective: Locating the Law in a Theology of Covenant,” Society of Biblical Literature, Christian Theology and the Bible Section; San Diego, CA (Nov. 20, 2007)
“Church and Exclusivity in Augustine’s City of God,” Insiders and Outsiders: An Interdisciplinary Conference, graduate student event sponsored by Duke University, Department of Romance Studies (Sept. 21, 2007)
“Calvin and the New Perspective: Locating the Law in a Theology of Covenant,” Duke Theology and Ethics Colloquium (Sept. 4, 2007)