William Stacy Johnson
Religion & Society
104 Hodge Hall
William Stacy Johnson is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology. An ordained Presbyterian minister and a lawyer, he earned his PhD in the study of religion from Harvard University, his JD from Wake Forest University, and his MDiv from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Johnson’s work over the years has focused on the future of Christian churches, and especially the theological, ethical, and spiritual challenges they face. This has included 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 ongoing work seeking recognition and justice for same-gender couples. His teaching encompasses a diversity of interests including 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 Levinas, and others.
“One of the biggest lessons I learned was how to be charitable to views other than my own. Christian charity was shown to me, not just in the readings for class, but from the professors, and the Seminary community.”