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The Theological-Historical Department

The courses in this department are designed to provide grounding in Christian theology, history, ethics, and comparative religion. Theology courses survey the history, significance, and philosophical dimensions of the major doctrines and issues of the faith, exploring their significance for contemporary life and ministry. Ethics courses address both fundamental matters and specific topics and thinkers. The courses encourage students to bring theological, philosophical, and ethical insights to bear upon contemporary moral and cultural issues. Courses in comparative religion explore basic basic concepts of religion, the particularity of Protestant Christianity within the diversity of religious thought and practice, and the beliefs and nature of other religions.


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Rev. Dr. David Johnson

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Location(s) McMillan Building
Department(s) Faculty, Theology Department
Title(s) Associate Professor of Church History and Christian Spirituality
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BA, Yale University, 1972, magna cum laude, Religious Studies

MDiv, Yale Divinity School, 1976

Exams: Patristic Period: Montanism; Athanasius; Augustine & Augustinianism; History of Patristic & Medieval Exegesis; Modern Period: J.H. Newman, Mercersburg Theology; The Problem of Hermeneutics from the Reformation to the Modern Era

PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1989, Dissertation: “Purging the Poison: The Revision of Pelagius’ Pauline Commentaries by Cassiodorus and his Students”



Dr. David W. Johnson was called in 2001 to serve as director of Supervised Practice of Ministry (now called the Program of Formation in Ministry) at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the Austin Seminary administration, Johnson served churches in Galveston and Irving, Texas, and Watchung, New Jersey. From 1989-1993 Johnson served as assistant professor of historical theology at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas.

Johnson is the author of Trust in God: The Christian Life and the Book of Confessions (Geneva Press, 2013) as well as a number of articles, including "Making Theology Come Alive in the Parish,">
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Johnson is a member of Mission Presbytery.



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