Curriculum Vitae

Junius C Johnson

POSITIONS

Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, Baylor University, Waco, TX (2014-2020)
Resident Scholar, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University (2019-2020)
Cooperating Fellow, Baylor Center for Christian Philosophy (2017-2020)
Associate Research Fellow, Rivendell Institute at Yale (2010-2020)
Research Associate, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (2011-2015)
Lecturer, Yale Divinity School (2007-2014)

EDUCATION

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Ph.D. Philosophical Theology, Awarded May, 2010.
M. Phil. Medieval Studies, Awarded May, 2008.
M. Phil. Theology, Awarded May, 2006.
M.A. Theology, Awarded May, 2005.

Dissertation: “Christ and Analogy: The Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar”

Dissertation Committee: Miroslav Volf (Director); David Kelsey; Cyril O’Regan.

Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut
M.A.R., Magna Cum Laude, Awarded May, 2000.
Concentration in Historical Theology

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1998.
Major:  English Literature
Minor: Hebrew

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Systematic Theology (analysis and construction of theological systems)
Medieval Philosophical Theology
Christology
Trinitarian Theology
Eucharistic Theology
Cosmology
Metaphysics
Philosophy and Culture
Hans Urs von Balthasar
Bonaventure
Beauty
Hermeneutics

FELLOWSHIPS, HONORS, AND AWARDS

Research Leave, Baylor University, Spring 2019
Junior Faculty Sabbatical Research Grant, “Theology of Joy and the Good Life Project,” Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Spring 2018
Summer Sabbatical, Baylor University, 2016
Yale University Annie G. K. Garland Dissertation Fellowhip, 2005-2006.
Pew Younger Scholars Graduate Fellowship, 2000-2004.
Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellow, 2000-2002.
Yale Divinity School Hooker Fellowship for Theological Excellence, 2003.
Harvard University Graduate School Fellowships for Ph.D. Study, 2000 (declined).
University of Notre Dame President’s Fellowship for Ph.D. Study, 2000 (declined).
Yale Divinity School Harry B. Adams Scholar, 1998-2000.
Yale Divinity School Marquand Scholar, 1998-2000.
Yale Divinity School Mary Cady Tew Book Prize, 1999.
Yale Divinity School Roland Bainton Book Award, 1998.
Oklahoma Scholar Leadership Enrichment Program, 1998
Iliad Press President’s Award for Literary Excellence, 1998
Oral Roberts University Outstanding English Scholar, 1998
Pew Younger Scholar Undergraduate Fellowship, 1997

BOOKS

  • The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020 [forthcoming in September]).
  • Bonaventure On The Eucharist: Commentary on the Sentences, Book IV, dist. 8-13, Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 23 (Louvain: Peeters Press, 2017).
  • Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory: A Guide to Research. Illuminations: Guides to Research in Religion (Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).
  • Christ and Analogy: The Christocentric Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2013).

In Progress

  • On the Body and Blood of the Lord: The Eucharistic Treatises of Paschasius Radbertus and Ratramnus (Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations).

ARTICLES

  • “The Eucharistic Horizon of Bonaventure’s Christology: A Speculative Proposal” in Frater, Magister, Minister et Episcopus: The Works and Worlds of Saint Bonaventure. Timothy Johnson and Katherine Shelby, eds. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, 2019 (forthcoming).
  • “Unlocking Bonaventure: The Collationes in Hexaëmeron as Interpretive Key.” The Thomist 83:2 (2019).
  • “The One and the Many in Bonaventure: Exemplarity Explained.” in J. Warren Smith, ed., “Plato Among the Christians.” Special Issue, Religions 7:12 (2016).
  • “Theological Word and Literary Flesh: Bonaventurean Cosmology and the Cosmic Trilogy of C.S. Lewis.” Literature and Theology, 2016 (doi: 10.1093/litthe/frv024).
  • “Body-less Vision: An Examination of the Incarnational Theology of _Paradiso_ XXXI-XXXIII” in Dante’s Volume from Alpha to Omega: Inscriptions on the Poet’s Universe. Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2015 (forthcoming).
  • Translations of Latin documents concerning Benedetto da Rovezano and Pietro Torrigiani, in The Anglo-Florentine Renaissance: Art for the Early Tudors. Studies in British Art vol. 22. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

BOOK REVIEWS

  • Rachel Davies, Bonaventure, the Body, and the Aesthetics of Salvation (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2020), in Modern Theology (forthcoming 2020).
  • Eleonore Stump, Atonement (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2018), in Journal of Analytic Theology (forthcoming 2020).
  • Hans Boersma, Seeing God: The Beatitifc Vision in Christian Tradition (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018), in Anglican Theological Review (forthcoming 2020).
  • Lydia Schumacher, Theological Philosophy: Rethinking the Rationality of Christian Faith (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015) and Rationality as Virtue: Towards a Theological Philosophy (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015), in Modern Theology, 2017 (forthcoming).

INVITED TALKS and LECTURES

  • “Beautiful Arts: Imagination and the Formation of the Soul.” Society for Classical Learning Head of School Symposium, Waco, TX, February 21, 2020.
  • “The State of Systematic Theology.” Panel discussion at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 25, 2019.
  • “Wonder: A Quotidian Necessity.” Beimfohr-Neuss Lecture, Chesterton House, Cornell University, October 2019.
  • “A Trinitarian Lens: Integration in Light of Christian First Truth.” Rivendell Institute, Yale University, September 24, 2019.
  • “Approaches to Editing and Translating (A Roundtable).” Sponsored by Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations. 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 9-12, 2019.
  • “Sacred Theatre Outside the Church.” Plenary Address, 3rd Annual Your Imagination Redeemed Conference, Anselm Society, Colorado Springs, CO, April 26-27, 2019.
  • “Cultural Transmission: The Relationship Between Values and Creativity in Film.” Breakout Session, 3rd Annual Your Imagination Redeemed Conference, Anselm Society, Colorado Springs, CO, April 26-27, 2019.
  • “Contuition, Apprehension, and Ecstatic Knowing: Bonaventure and the Question of Beauty.” Plenary Address, 43rd International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, October 5-7, 2018.
  • “Approaching Joy: Defining and Discerning Joy in the World.” Panelist. “The Future of Joy and the Good Life,” Yale University, July 31-August 1, 2018.
  • “The Eucharistic Horizon of Bonaventure’s Christology: A Speculative Proposal.” Public Lecture, Duke Divinity School, November 8, 2017.
  • “Christian Anthropology: A Theological Basis for Human Dignity.” Opening Address given at the American Enterprise Institute Fall Summit, October 6, 2017.
  • Response to Hans Boersma, “Speech and Vision in Dante’s Transhumanizing Journey.” 12th Annual Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology, Boston College, August 3-5, 2017.
  • “Satisfaction and Merit: The Dynamics of Atonement in Anselm, Bonaventure, and Aquinas.” 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14, 2017.
  • “The Glory of the Creature in the Glory of God: A Bonaventurean Theology of Devotion.” Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Consultation on Joy, December 9-10, 2016.
  • “The Rule of Three: Bonaventure’s Trinitarian Doctrine of God.” Baylor Medieval and Renaissance Research Seminar, November 14, 2016.
  • “Exemplarity and the Nature of the Causes: A Prologue to Bonaventure’s Metaphysics.” 11th Annual Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology, July 31-August 2, 2016.
  • “The Eyes of Faith: Beauty and the Vision of God.” Plenary address given at “Faith, Freedom, and the Public Square,” presented by the C.S. Lewis Foundation, July 8-10, 2016.
  • “Worlds and Worldview: Crafting Fictional and Theological Realities.” Breakout session at “Faith, Freedom, and the Public Square,” presented by the C.S. Lewis Foundation, July 8-10, 2016.

PAPERS, PANELS, and PUBLIC LECTURES

  • “Selfless Communication and Selfless Welcome: Trinitarian Dynamics as a Map for Grace in Hans Urs von Balthasar.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 25, 2019.
  • “Bonaventure’s Christocentrism: Philosophical, Theological, Historical, Spiritual.” 44th International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, October 18-20, 2019.
  • “Purpose and Structure in Bonaventure’s Hexaemeron.” 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 9-12, 2019.
  • “Liberating Exegesis with Visual Art.” Roundtable discussion, American Academy of Religion, Denver, Co, November 2018.
  • “The Eucharistic Horizon of Bonaventure’s Christology: A Speculative Proposal.” To be read at “Frater, Magister, Minister et Episcopus: The Works and Worlds of Saint Bonaventure,” Saint Bonaventure University, July 12-15, 2017.
  • “Bread, Body, and Sacrament: A Re-Examination of the Disagreement between Berengar and Lanfranc.” Medieval Academy of American Annual Meeting, UCLA, April 2014.
  • “Body-less Vision: A Critique of the Incarnational Theology of _Paradiso_ XXXI-XXXIII.”  New England-Maritimes Regional American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, March 2011.
  • “John Wyclif: Theological Thought in Context.”  Read at Yale British Art Center Colloquium, February 2004.
  • “Is Nothing Secret?  A [Controversial] Reading of Derrida’s Donner la Mort.”  Read at Joint Symposium on the Gift, Harvard University, March 2003.
  • “From Apprehension to Comprehension: The Place of Aesthetics in the Journey of Poetic Vision to God.”  Read at Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 2002.
  • “The Cosmic Christ in the Sacrament of the Altar:  Bonaventurean Reflections.” Read at the Pew Younger Scholars Conference, August 2001.
  • “Undressing the Metaphor:  Symbolism and Depth in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”  Read at Southwest Regional Conference on C.S. Lewis, February 1999.
  • “Christian Tradition in a Postmodern World.”  Read at Oral Roberts University Conference on Contemporary Christianity and Society, March 1998.
  • “What’s Wrong with Fantasy?  The Danger of Dissociation in the Fantastic and Theological Imaginations.”  Read at Mid-East Conference on Christianity and Literature, Steubenville, OH, October 1997.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

EDITIONS, LIBRETTOS, MUSIC, and POETRY

  • Brass, Sounds of the Season. Junius Johnson and Drew Mazurek, producers. New Haven, CT: Unplayable Records, 2017.
  • Selected poems of Pius II in Dappled Things, 2013 (with Brett Foster)
  • Selected poems of Pius II in Rock and Sling, 2013 (with Brett Foster)
  • Sanctuaries of Heaven, composed by Jonathan Kolm, text from Hildegaard of Bingen by Junius Johnson. ASCAP 2012.
  • “O Greening Branch,” for choir and concert band, composed by Daniel Kellogg, text by Junius Johnson, from poems of Hildegard of Bingen. ASCAP 2010.

TEACHING and RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, Baylor University (2014-2020)

  1. GTX 1301 “Introduction to Great Texts: Here Be Dragons”
  2. GTX 2301 “Intellectual Tradition of the Ancient World”
  3. GTX 2302 “The Medieval Intellectual Tradition”
  4. GTX 3320 “The Middle Ages: Desire and Intellect”
  5. HON 3200/1 Honors Colloquium: “Theological Literacy”
  6. HON 3200/1 Honors Colloquium: “Symbolism in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  7. GTX 4331 “Augustine and Aquinas: Medieval Christology and Atonement”
  8. GTX 4340 “Masterworks in Music”

Lecturer, Yale Divinity School (2007-2014)

  1. “The Doctrine of the Trinity from Boethius to Aquinas”
  2. “Medieval Eucharistic Theology”
  3. “Medieval Problem of Universals”
  4. “Medieval Christology and Atonement Theory”
  5. “Reading Methods in Medieval Latin”
  6. “The Cosmic Christ: The Philosophical Theology of St. Bonaventure”
  7. “The Philosophical Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar”
  8. “Ecclesiastical Latin”
  9. “Introduction to Medieval Latin”
  10. “Survey of Medieval Latin Literature”
  11.  “Advanced Medieval Latin”
  12. “Special Topics in Scholastic Latin (Trinity)”
  13. “Special Topics in Scholastic Latin (Christology)”
  14. “Theological Aesthetics,” with John Hare
  15. “The Theology of Plato & Aristotle,” with John Hare

Latin Instructor, Grace Academy, New Haven (2007-2011)

  • Latin Literature instruction to 10-13 year olds

Latin Instructor, Hope for New Haven Educational Co-op (2005-2007)

  • 1st and 2nd year Latin instruction to 8-13 year olds

Instructor of Horn, Center for the Arts, Christ Church, New Haven (2005-2012)

  • Private musical instruction on the French Horn

Teaching Fellow Program, Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2003-04)

  1. Yale College: “Reason, Faith, and Feeling: Early Modern Theology,” with Shannon Craigo-Snell, Department of Religious Studies, Fall 2003
  2. Yale College: “History, Hope, and the Self:  Modern Theology,” with Shannon Craigo-Snell, Department of Religious Studies, Spring 2004

Acting Lecturer in Medieval Latin, Yale Divinity School (2002-03)

  1. “Introduction to Medieval Latin,” Fall 2002
  2. “Survey of Medieval Latin Literature,” Spring 2003

High School Latin Teacher, High School in the Community, New Haven, CT (2000-02)

  • 1st and 2nd year Latin instruction

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Latin
  • Hebrew (Modern and Biblical) (reading)
  • Greek (Classical and Koine)
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Middle English
  • Old French
  • Dutch

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Fellow, Anselm Society, Colorado Springs, CO

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Founding Member, Bonaventure Studium (2018-present)
  • Baylor University Press Committee (2019-2020)
  • Advisory Board, Brazos Fellows Program (Waco, TX) (2018- 2020)
  • Advisory Board, Center for Theology and the Arts, Rivendell Institute, David Mahan (Yale University), Director (2018- 2020)
  • Board of Directors, Consortium of Christian Study Centers (Charlottesville, VA) (2017-2020)
  • Editorial Board, Studies in Systematic Theology, (Brill: Leiden, Netherlands) (2016-)
  • Co-Chair, Christian Systematic Theology Section, AAR (2015-2020)
  • Steering Committee, Christian Systematic Theology Section, AAR (2014-2015)
  • International Advisory Board, Visual Commentary on Scripture Project, Ben Quash (King’s College, London), Director (2015-)