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Gordon Allen Govens

PhD Candidate | History of Christianity (Reformation)

Gordon Allen Govens
History & Ecumenics
Phone: 609.356.9918
[email protected]

Profile
Gordon Govens’ research focuses on the history and theology of the Reformation, its continuing legacy and its medieval Roman Catholic ancestry. Govens holds a ThM and MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary (2011, 2010), a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law (1990), and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Swarthmore College (1985). As a former practicing attorney, he draws on both his legal training and his theological education to craft a unique perspective on the Reformation. Principal interests are the intersection of law, theology and social culture across the span of history, the church’s impact on the development of secular laws and jurisprudence, and the interrelationship between church and state. As a teacher, Mr. Govens aims to inspire students to examine historical events and people with a balance of critique and empathy. Beyond the academy and classroom, he is committed to developing strategies for promoting the value of history amongst a broader audience.

Dissertation
Truth-Telling and Calumny: The Theological, Social and Legal Dynamics of Witness Testimony in Reformation Geneva, 1542-1552

Committee
Elsie Anne McKee (chair)
Kenneth G. Appold
James C. Deming
John Witte, Jr. Esq. (Emory University School of Law)

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Special Advisor & Founding Director, IJM Institute

Bethany Hoang, Class of 2004

“The rooting of justice in our spiritual formation in Christ requires careful thought and teaching. I was equipped to lead in this way through my time at PTS. ”