Paul Dafydd Jones

Associate Professor; Co-Director, The Project on Religion and its Publics

Gibson Hall, S-233


  • Harvard University: A.M. and Ph.D. 
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg: DAAD Graduate Research Scholar, Wissenschaftlich-Theologisches Seminar 
  • The Divinity School, Harvard University: M.Div. 
  • Oxford University: B.A., M.A. 

Research Interests

Christian theology and philosophy of religion in the modern West. Special interests in:

  • Protestant thought (particularly Karl Barth)
  • Christology
  • Atonement
  • Patience
  • The doctrine of God
  • Religion and modernity
  • Political, liberationist, and constructive theology


Selected Teaching

  • Christian Theologies of Liberation
  • Elements of Christian Thought
  • Protestant Theology
  • Christianity, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Political Theology
  • Christian Views of Atonement
  • The Theology of John Calvin
  • The Theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher
  • The Atonement in Christian Thought
  • Hegel, Materialism, and Theology
  • Freedom: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
  • The Theology of Karl Barth
  • Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (co-taught)
  • Themes and Topics in Christian Thought: From the Reformation to the Present Day
  • Religion, Theory, Theology, & Modernity (co-taught with Charles Mathewes)

Current Research and Selected Publications

In addition to a major monograph on theology and patience, now nearing completion, I am co-editor, with Paul Nimmo, of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth.  I am also working on various essays: on the nature of creation, on Barth and Anselm, and on Barth sermons at the outset of World War I.

Recent and notable publications include:

  • The Humanity of Christ: Christology in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics (London: Continuum/T&T Clark, 2008). Paperback published 2011
  • ‘Patience and the Trinity,’ Modern Theology (forthcoming)
  • ‘Karl Barth’s The Christian Life and the task of political theology,’ in Markus Höfner (ed.), Theo-Politics? Conversing with Barth in Western and Asian Contexts (Fortress, forthcoming)
  • ‘Karl Barth,’ in Shaun Casey and Michael Kessler (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Political Theology (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Picking Sides.’ Post for ‘Firsthand Reflections on Charlottesville,’ a blog series by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University. Available at August 24, 2017
  • ‘A Cheerful Unease: Theology and Religious Studies,’ in Elizabeth Shanks Alexander and Beth A. Berkowitz (eds), Religious Studies and Rabbinics: A Conversation (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2017), 69-81
  • ‘The Fury of Love: Calvin on the Atonement,’ in Adam J. Johnson (ed.), T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 213-235
  • ‘The Riddle of Gethsemane: Barth on Jesus’s Agony in the Garden’ in Daniel L. Migliore (ed.), Reading the Gospels with Karl Barth (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017), 124-154

Selected Awards and Grants

  • Co-Director, Luce Project on Religion and its Publics
  • Early Career Scholar, The Enhancing Life Project (John Templeton Foundation/The University of Chicago/Ruhr Universität Bochum). See
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Residential Fellow (Spring 2016)
  • John Casteen III Fellowship in Ethics
  • The John Templeton Award for Theological Promise
  • Mead Honored Faculty
  • Residential Member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey (Spring 2010)