John Jefferson Davis

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Not to be confused with John J. Davis (theologian).
John Jefferson Davis
Education Duke University, B.A.; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.Div.; Duke University, Ph.D.
Occupation Professor, Theologian, Author, Minister
Spouse(s) Robin
Theological work
Tradition or movement Evangelical, Reformed, Presbyterian
Main interests Practice of worship and liturgy, the relationship between faith and science, pneumatology, Trinitarian theology
Notable ideas Christian Egalitarianism, Just War, Environmental Ethics, Biblical Ethics

John Jefferson Davis is Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1975.[1] He is an ordained Presbyterian pastor (Presbyterian Church USA).[2]


Davis has been actively publishing in ethics and systematic theology for nearly three decades. His most influential debates involve women's ordination, or Christian Egalitarianism.[3] Davis has also taken part in a popular debate with John Sanders over Open Theism.




  • ——— (1978). "Contextualization and the Nature of Theology". In Davis, John Jefferson. The Necessity of Systematic Theology (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. pp. 169–90. ISBN 978-0-801-02903-5. OCLC 10412074. 
  • ——— (1980). "Genesis, Inerrancy, and the Antiquity of Man". In Nicole, Roger R.; Michaels, J. Ramsey. Inerrancy and Common Sense. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. ISBN 978-0-801-06733-4. OCLC 6173523. 
  • ——— (2015). "Slow Discipleship and the End of Christendom". In Hansen, Colin. Revisiting 'Faithful Presence': To Change the World Five Years Later. The Gospel Coalition.  - ebook only


  1. ^ Dr. John Jefferson Davis, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2012, retrieved 2012-11-29 
  2. ^ Davis, John (2012), Curriculum vitae (PDF), retrieved 2012-11-29 
  3. ^ Phillips, Rick (September 2008), On Women's Ordination: A Response to Dr. John Jefferson Davis on 1 Timothy 2:12, Reformation 21, retrieved 2012-11-29