William Stacy Johnson

Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology

William Stacy Johnson
Religion & Society
104 Hodge Hall

Phone: 609.497.7922
Fax: 609.497.7728

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 21st 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.

Select Publications

  • A Time to Embrace: Same Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics, Second Edition (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012)
  • 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)
  • The Mystery of God: Karl Barth and the Postmodern Foundations of Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 1997)
  • H. Richard Niebuhr: Theology, History and Culture: Major Unpublished Writings (Yale University Press, 1996)

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Chaplain at the Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Khristi Adams, Class of 2008

“At Princeton, we had precept groups—we’d engage text and debate. That gave me confidence to have those conversations anywhere.”