of Historical Theology
Ordained minister, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
of California at Los Angeles
University of Chicago
||historical and systematic theology
A Brief History
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003
||Christian Faith as Religion: A Study in the Theologies of Calvin and Schleiermacher
University Press of America, 1998; reprint, 2011
Articles, Essays, and Other Published Works (since 2000)
“Theology and the Historical-Critical Study of the Bible.” Harvard Theological Review. 104, no. 4 (October 2011): 459-488.
“The Old Testament as a Witness to Jesus Christ: Historical Criticism and Theological Exegesis of the Bible according to Karl Barth.” Journal of Religion. 90, no. 4 (October 2010): 475-506.
Schleiermacher on the Old Testament.” Harvard Theological
Review. 102, no. 3 (2009): 297-326.
Gustafson, James M. Library of Theological Ethics. Moral Discernment in the Christian Life: Essays
in Theological Ethics. Edited and with an introduction by Theo
A. Boer and Paul E. Capetz. Louisville
and London: Westminster/John Knox Press (2007).
and the Non-Theological Study of Religion: A Critical Assessment
of Schleiermacher’s Legacy.” Subjectivity and
Truth: Proceedings of the Schleiermacher-Kierkegaard Congress. Edited by Theodor Jorgensen et al. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2006.
First Commandment as a Theological and Ethical Imperative.” The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness. Edited by William P. Brown. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press,
the Reformed Tradition? Problematic Aspects of the Appeal to Biblical
and Confessional Authority in the Present Theological Crisis Confronting
the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).” The Journal of Presbyterian
History. 79, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 23-39.
Theology and the Task of Preaching.” The Clergy Journal. (November-December 2001).
Topics for Presentation
Contact Paul at 651.255.6130.
respect the rigors of serious conversation about and inquiry
into matters of importance to our common life. I enjoy persons
who exemplify a zest for living as well as a sense of humor.
I understand the sincere quest for a truth by which to live
life in a meaningful and authentic manner. I appreciate
the beauty of the natural world.
“In my teaching I seek to model for students a genuinely
dialogical approach to the interpretation of the Christian
theological tradition that allows us to engage this complex
heritage with our critical questions and contemporary concerns
while being open to the spiritual and moral challenges it
poses to us.”
am committed to understanding the implications of a thoroughgoing
historical approach to the study of religion and theology.
My concern is to develop a responsible theological perspective
out of the resources of the Protestant tradition that can
inform and sustain religious and moral values in an increasingly
pluralistic world. My hope is that the historical study
of our inherited religious traditions can lead to new possibilities
of dialogue with an openness to those who are different
from ourselves in order that we may work together toward
building a humanly just and ecologically sustainable global
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more than ever there is a pressing need for a highly educated
ministry that can give intelligent and thoughtful leadership
to churches and that can also assist our broader culture
to reflect self-critically upon the ultimate religious questions
of the meaning and purpose of human life in the world.”
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fundamental calling of the church is to increase love of
God and love of neighbor. Christians should be active participants
in God’s good but fallen world, taking the side of
the ‘least of these’ who are poor and oppressed.
“My biggest interest is to help interpret the Christian
tradition for people. There’s a lot of confusion in
the church as to what historic Christianity is all about.”