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

My current research engages the neglected theme of patience, and I am currently completing a constructive monograph on its significance for Christian thought. This constructive interest is complemented by a longstanding fascination with the theology of Karl Barth: I am the author of a major monograph on Barth’s Christology, entitled The Humanity of Christ (T&T Clark), and am co-editor, with Paul Nimmo (University of Aberdeen), of the soon-to-be published Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth (Oxford University Press). Future projects include a programmatic book on religion and its publics, a further volume on patience and impatience, and a work of political theology.

My published work ranges broadly across the field of Protestant theology. It engages John Calvin, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, and others, while drawing on various streams of liberationist theology, political theology, and critical theory. I have also written on religion and public life in the context of the late modern West and on method and theory in the study of religion.

With Charles Mathews, I am the co-director of the project on Religion and its Publics. With Paul Nimmo (University of Aberdeen), I am co-editor of the T&T Clark series, Explorations in Reformed Theology.

Recent courses  

  • RELC 1500: Religion and Protest
  • RELC 2057: Christian Theologies of Liberation
  • RELC 2360: Elements of Christian Thought
  • RELC 3009: Protestant Theology
  • RELC 3685: Christianity, Gender, and Sexuality
  • RELC 5445: Christian Views of Atonement
  • RELC 5141: The Theology of John Calvin
  • RELC 5559: Schleiermacher and Tillich: Theology and Culture
  • RELC 5980: The Theology of Karl Barth
  • RELC 5445: The Atonement in Christian Thought
  • RELG 5559: Hegel, Materialism, and Theology
  • RELC 5559: Freedom: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
  • RELG 7460: Religion, Theory, Theology, & Modernity (co-taught with Charles Mathewes)

Recent and notable publications and presentations

  • The Humanity of Christ: Christology in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics (London: Continuum/T&T Clark, 2008). Paperback published 2011
  • Paul Dafydd Jones and Paul T. Nimmo (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019 (in press)
  • ‘Patience and the Trinity,’ Modern Theology, 34.3 (2018): 386-402
  • (with Charles T. Mathewes) ‘Futures for Public Theology’, Political Theology. Available at December 2018.
  • ‘Taking on the alt-right: theological considerations.’ Article for Christianity and the Alt-Right in America blog series by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University. November 5, 2018. Available at
  • ‘Liberation Theology after Charlottesville.’ Plenary lecture for ‘Karl Barth and the Future of Liberation Theology’ at Princeton Theological Seminary. Princeton, NJ. June 2018.
  • ‘“Give it to us yesterday, and that’s not fast enough”: On Black Theology and Black Power.’ Lecture for ‘Spirit in the Dark’ Symposium. Religion, Race and Democracy Lab; University of Virginia. March 2018.
  • ‘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
  • ‘The Patience of God the Creator: Reflections on Genesis 1:1-2:4a,” International Journal of Systematic 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 (Lexington Books-Fortress Academic, forthcoming)
  •  ‘Karl Barth,’ in Shaun Casey and Michael Kessler (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Political Theology (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Recent and notable awards and grants

  • Co-Director, Project on Religion and its Publics
  • Early Career Scholar, The Enhancing Life Project (John Templeton Foundation/The University of Chicago/Ruhr Universität Bochum).
  • 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)