Alexander Hwang

 Alexander Hwang
Address1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Professor of Historical Theology and Paul Tudor Jones Professor of Church History, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

B.A., St. Olaf College,
M.A., Cambridge University,
Ph.D., Yale University,

Kathryn Johnson, a native of Denver, Colorado, received her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her dissertation, Avoiding Lessing’s Ditch, was a study of understandings of the fourth gospel in the 19th century Church of England, a time when questions were raised by historical scholarship intersected the inheritance of the church’s creeds and worship. In addition to this interest in the history of biblical interpretation, her courses reflect her love for the history of Christian devotion and theological reflection, especially in the early church, and particularly in the experience of women.

“I am especially interested in the ways in which the scriptural and worship resources of the Church have been appropriated and understood in the last two millennia. But of all the periods, the most fascinating to me is the time of the fourth and fifth century, when so many questions of Christian articulation and practice were intensely debated. I am pleased when I can share that excitement with students—to show them the kinds of cross-cultural perspectives that historical study can bring and to encourage them to see their work as part of a continuing stream of Christian witness, which has never been uncomplicated or complete.”

Dr. Johnson has contributed articles to encyclopedias on Augustine and Catholic tradition and written on the legacies of Augustine, Julian of Norwich, and Hildegard of Bingen. An active Lutheran ecumenist, she is president of the Kentucky Council of Churches and a member of the national bilateral dialogue between Lutherans and United Methodists and the international theological joint commission of the Lutheran World Federation and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.

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