William Stacy Johnson
Princeton Theological Seminary

Re-envisioning Christianity: Why It Matters to Believer and Non-Believer Alike

Project description:

My project aims to construct a “deliberative” version of Christian faith that addresses the democratic, pluralistic social context of North America.  Echoing certain features of deliberative democracy, a deliberative Christianity builds on a moral pragmatism, while still maintaining robust Christian affirmations of God for us, Christ with us, and the Spirit among us.  Adopting a politics of engagement rather than resentment or withdrawal into a private sphere, it offers a religious case for commitments to religious freedom; to human equality; to social, racial, and gender justice; and to stewardship of the Earth–viewing these commitments as essential contemporary expressions of biblical and prophetic religion.  In short, this re-envisioning project seeks to forge a twenty-first century theology for social transformation, one that invites believer and non-believer alike into God’s ongoing work of redemption. 


William Stacy Johnson is the Arthur M. Adams Professor of Theology at Princeton Seminary and a member of its Religion and Society Program. An ordained Presbyterian minister and a lawyer, he earned his Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University, his J.D. from Wake Forest University, his M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and his undergraduate degree from Davidson College. In addition to writings on H. Richard Niebuhr, Karl Barth, and John Calvin, he is most recently the author of the influential study, A Time to Embrace: Same Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics, second edition (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2012). .