Paul Griffiths

Warren Professor of Catholic Theology

(919) 660-3413
pgriffiths@div.duke.edu
056 Langford

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

Biography

Paul J. Griffiths joined the faculty of Duke Divinity School in January 2008 as Warren Professor of Catholic Theology. He was born in England in 1955, and lived there until 1980, when he moved to the U.S. to complete his studies. Since 1980 he has lived mostly in the U.S., becoming a citizen in 1994. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1996, having previously been Anglican. He has held academic positions at the University of Notre Dame (1986-1990), the University of Chicago (1984-1986, 1990-2000), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (2000-2007).

His main intellectual interests and topics of publication include: post-1950 Catholic philosophical theology; the philosophical and political questions arising from religious diversity; fourth- and fifth-century African Christian thought (especially Augustine); and Gupta-period Indian Buddhist thought (especially Yogacara).

He has published ten books as sole author, and seven more as co-author or editor. The most recent books are: Song of Songs: A Commentary (Brazos Press, 2011), and Decreation: The End of All Creatures (Baylor University Press, 2014). His current projects include a short book tentatively called Catholic Theology: What It Is & How To Do It, and a longer one tentatively called Christian Flesh.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Phil., Oxford University
B.A., Oxford University

Curriculum Vitae

Courses

    • Christian Theology of Religion(s)
    • The Nature & Existence of God
    • Catholic Thought: An Introduction for undergraduates
    • The Thought of Augustine of Hippo
    • Philosophical Theology since 1968, co-taught with Stanley Hauerwas
    • Philosophical Theology: Wittgenstein, co-taught with Stanley Hauerwas
    • Vatican II, co-taught with Reinhard Hütter
    • The Thought of John Henry Newman
    • Eschatology
    • Christian Theology: An Introduction
    • Inhabiting the Christian Drama
    • Augustine's City of God