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Matthew V. Johnson
Visiting Professor of Theology and Ministry
Appointed 2014


The Divinity School, University of Chicago Philosophical Theology
M.A. The Divinity School, University of Chicago - Religious Studies
B.A. Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga.

Teaching and Research

philosophical theology/theology and religious experience
interdisciplinary studies
classical metaphysics
religion and science

Courses Offered
CL336   Preaching
IS151   Theological Interpretation: God, Community, and Transformation

Visit the Course Descriptions page for descriptions of all courses.

Visit the Registration Bulletin page for a listing of all courses offered in the current and past academic year.



Embrace the Darkness: Race, Religion and Identity in the Work of Thomas Harris. (in progress)

Osiris Rising: Trauma, the Middle Passage, and the Tragic Re-imagination of African American Religion (Spirituality). (in progress)

Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race, and Culture in Philemon
Co-edited with James A. Noel and Demetrius K. Williams
Fortress Press, 2012
The Tragic Vision of African American Religion
Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
The Cicada's Song
Publishing Associates, Inc., 2006
The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections
Fortress Press, 2005

Articles (from 2000)

The Poverty of Prosperity Theology and the Spiritual Impoverishment of the Church.” The Journal of Pastoral Psychology. (forthcoming)

“The Middle Passage, Trauma and the Tragic Re-Imagination of African American Theology.” The Journal of Pastoral Psychology. (2005)

“Black Theology.” Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition. (2004)

Entry: “Harriet Tubman” Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics. (2003)

Entry: “March on Washington” Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics. (2003)

Reviews (from 2000)

“In the Image of God: Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery.” By David Brion Davis. The Christian Century, 2002.

“To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans.” Co-edited by Robin D. G. Kelley and Earl Lewis. The Christian Century, 2001.

“Lay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans.” By Alvin Poussaint. The Christian Century, 2000.

“Rituals of Blood: The Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries.” By Orlando Patterson. The Christian Century, 2000.

Contact Matthew at mvjohnson@unitedseminary.edu.

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