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 the first volume of a two-part constructive work on its significance for Christian thought (Patience: A Theological Exploration. Part I: From Creation to Christ, to be published by T&T Clark in 2021). These constructive interests are 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 coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth (Oxford University Press). Future projects include the second volume of Patience: A Theological Exploration; a coedited volume, titled Karl Barth and Liberation Theology; and a programmatic book on religion and its publics.

I have published widely in the field of Protestant theology, while also engaging 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 theory and method in the study of religion.

With Charles Mathews (University of Virginia), I am 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.


  • Religion and Protest
  • Christian Theologies of Liberation
  • Elements of Christian Thought
  • Protestant Theology
  • Christianity, Gender, and Sexuality
  • The Atonement in Christian Thought
  • The Theology of John Calvin
  • Schleiermacher and Tillich: Theology and Culture (co-taught with Larry Bouchard)
  • The Theology of Karl Barth
  • Hegel, Materialism, and Theology
  • Freedom: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
  • Religion, Theory, Theology, & Modernity (co-taught with Charles Mathewes)

Selected Publications

  • ‘The Patience of God the Creator: Reflections on Genesis 1:1-2:4a,’ International Journal of Systematic Theology, 21.4 (2019): 361-387
  • 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)
  • 'Barth and Anselm,' in George Hunsinger and Keith Johnson (eds), Wiley Blackwell Companion to Karl Barth, volume 2: Major Figures and Themes (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020), 435-438
  • With Charles T. Mathewes: ‘Futures for Public Theology,’ for the symposium, ‘Reconsidering Public Theology,’ hosted by Political Theology. Available at (December 2018)
  • 'Patience and the Trinity,’ Modern Theology, 34.3 (2018): 386-402
  • The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth, co-edited with Paul Nimmo. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019
  • The Humanity of Christ: Christology in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. London: Continuum/T&T Clark, 2008 (paperback: 2011)

Selected 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)