Princeton, NJ, March 28, 2012–William Stacy Johnson will give his inaugural lecture as Princeton Theological Seminary’s Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology on Monday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Stuart Hall, Room 6 on the Seminary campus. The lecture is titled “What is True Religion? Re-envisioning the Gospel in Poetry, Prayer, and Prophetic Witness.”

stacy johnsonThe lecture, which coincides with Holy Week, “invites us to rethink the very heart of Christianity and to consider afresh what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st century,” says Johnson. He continued, “The gospel cannot be reduced to a set of abstract doctrines. Rather, the gospel is a dynamic power effecting personal and communal transformation. Because this is so, there is an unfinished character to the gospel itself—compelling Jesus’ contemporary followers to re-envision the gospel in order to remain faithful to it.”

An ordained Presbyterian minister and lawyer, Johnson earned his Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University, his J.D. from Wake Forest University, and his M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary.

His work over the years has focused on the future of Christian churches, and especially the theological, ethical, and spiritual challenges they face. He spent five years serving on a Presbyterian Church (USA) task force on Christian identity in the twenty-first century; three years as cochair of a Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue group; and continues to work at seeking recognition and justice for same-gender couples.

His teaching encompasses the reshaping of Reformed theology in a postmodern age, post-Holocaust age, theology of religions, environmental theology, Christianity’s cultured critics, feminist theology, leadership theory, as well as the writings of John Calvin, the Niebuhrs, Martin Luther King Jr., Emmanuel Lewis, and others.

Johnson’s publications include, Crisis, Call, and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions, with Peter Ochs, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), John Calvin, Reformer for the 21st Century (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009), and A Time to Embrace: Same Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006).

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