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Keith Johnson, Ph.D.

The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies

Associate Professor of Theology
On Faculty since 2008

Office: BGC 514
Phone: (630)752-5432
Email: Keith.Johnson@wheaton.edu


Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2008

Th.M., Duke Divinity School, 2004

M.Div., Baylor University, 2002

B.A., Baylor University, 1999

About Keith Johnson

"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 


My research focuses on modern and contemporary systematic theology with an emphasis on the work of theologians from the majority world. Other interests include the traditional and contemporary dialogues between Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant theologians, recent developments related to the doctrines of the Trinity and Christology, and theological accounts of race. In addition to some edited volumes, I am currently writing a book on Jesus of Nazareth. 

Courses Taught

  • BITH 111 Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • BITH 315 Christian Thought
  • BITH 374 Systematic Theology
  • 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
  • BITH 656 Modern Theology
  • BITH 675 Advanced Systematic Theology: Nature and Grace
  • CORE 101 First Year Seminar


Membership in Professional Societies

  • 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


The T&T Clark Companion to the Doctrine of Sin, co-edited with David Lauber (London: T&T Clark, 2016).

Theology as Discipleship (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015).

Bonhoeffer, Christ and Culture, co-edited with Timothy Larsen (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2013).

Karl Barth and the Analogia Entis (London: T&T Clark, 2010).

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Karl Barth, 2 vols., co-edited with George Hunsinger (under contract with Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd).

Barth, Shapers of Modern Theology Series, Vol. 2 (under contract with Fortress Press).

"Compatibilism and Continuity in Katherine Sonderegger's Systematic Theology," International Journal of Systematic Theology, forthcoming.

“Discovering Theology as Grace: Remarks on Edward T. Oakes’ Infinity Dwindled to Infancy", Chicago Studies 54:1 (Spring 2015), pp. 39-58.

“He Descended into Hell,” in Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, vol. 50 (Spring 2014), pp. 27-34.

“A Reappraisal of Karl Barth’s Theological Development and His Dialogue with Catholicism,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 14:1 (January 2012), pp. 1-23.

“When Nature Presupposes Grace,” Pro Ecclesia 20:3 (Summer 2011), pp. 264-282.

“Reconsidering Barth’s Rejection of Przywara’s analogia entis,” Modern Theology 26:4 (October 2010), pp. 632-650.

“Karl Barth and Roman Catholicism,” in The Oxford Handbook to Karl Barth, eds. Paul Dafydd Jones and Paul Nimmo (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Karl Barth’s Reading of Paul’s Union with Christ,” in “In Christ” in Paul, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 384, ed. Constantine R. Campbell, Michael J. Thate, and Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), pp. 453-474.

“What is Salvation?,” in Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language, ed. Gary Burge and David Lauber (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2014), pp. 111-126.

“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. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013), pp. 129-156.

“Depravity and Hope in the City,” in Corners in the City of God: The Wire and Theology, ed. Jonathan Tran and Myles Werntz (Eugene, OR: Cascade Press, 2013), pp. 191-209.

“Bonhoeffer and the End of the Christian Academy,” in Bonhoeffer, Christ and Culture, ed. Keith L. Johnson and Timothy Larsen (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2013), pp. 153-173.

“Before the Same Lord: A Response to Gerald Bray,” in Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, and Renewal, ed. George Kalantzis (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishing Co., 2012), pp. 237-241.

“The Being and Act of the Church: Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Ecclesiology,” in Karl Barth and American Evangelicalism, ed. Clifford B. Anderson and Bruce L. McCormack (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011), pp. 201-226.

“Baptists, Barmen, and the Confessing University,” in Tradition and the Baptist Academy, Studies in Baptist History and Thought, ed. Philip E. Thompson and Roger Ward ( Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2010), pp. 144-166.

“Erich Przywara’s Early Version of the analogia entis,” in The Princeton Theological Review XV:1 (Spring 2009), pp. 7-19.

“The Relationship Between God and Humanity in Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith,” lecture presented at the 64th Annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 15, 2012.

“Trinity, Salvation, and the Deep Things of God,” paper presented at the 63rd Annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 17, 2011.

“‘In Him, Through Him and For Him’: A Reconsideration of Karl Barth’s Theological Development with an Eye Toward Reframing the Conversation between Barth and Aquinas,” paper presented at the 2011 Karl Barth Theology Conference, Princeton Theological Seminary, June 22, 2011.

“Evangelicals and Race: A Christological Perspective,” paper presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 20, 2009.

“The Invention of the Anti-Christ? A Reconsideration of Barth’s Rejection of the Analogia Entis,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, October 31, 2008.

“The Ecclesiological Determination of Friendship: A Question of Vocation,” paper presented at the Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: “ Friendship: Quests for Character, Community, and Truth,” Baylor University, October 25-27, 2007.