John Feinberg

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John Samuel Feinberg (born 1946) is an American theologian, author, and professor of biblical and systematic theology. He is currently serving as chair of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is noted for his expertise in theodicy.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Feinberg was born in 1946 to Charles Lee and Anne Priscilla (Fraiman) Feinberg. His family moved from Dallas, Texas to Los Angeles, California in 1948 when his father became the first dean of Talbot Theological Seminary. Feinberg earned his B.A. in English from the University of California at Los Angeles, his Th.M. (1972) in systematic theology from Trinity, and his M.A. (1971) and Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Chicago.

Feinberg lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois with his wife Patricia, with whom he has three children. His brother Paul David (1938 - 2004) also taught Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for thirty years.


In his early career, Feinberg served as a missionary in Los Angeles on staff for the American Board of Missions to the Jews. He began his teaching career in 1969 at the Los Angeles Bible Training School in Watts, California. Feinberg was ordained to ministry in 1971 and served as pastor of the Elmwood Park Bible Church in Elmwood Park, Illinois from 1974 to 1976. He resumed teaching in 1976 at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, before moving in 1981 to teach at Liberty Baptist Seminary and College in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1983, he joined the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

During the mid-1980s, Feinberg served on the national membership committee of the Evangelical Theological Society, and in 1985 served a term as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Since then, he has authored several books and serves as a theological consultant for the academic division of Crossway Books. He serves as general editor for the series Foundations of Evangelical Theology.

In 2015 a Festschrift was published in his honor. Building on the Foundations of Evangelical Theology: Essays in Honor of John S. Feinberg includes contributions from Kevin Vanhoozer, Bruce A. Ware, and Walter Kaiser, Jr.

Selected works[edit]


  • Feinberg, John S. (1979). Theologies and Evil. Washington, DC: University Press of America. ISBN 978-0-819-10839-5. OCLC 5819758. 
  • ———; Feinberg, Paul D., eds. (1981). Tradition and Testament: essays in honor of Charles Lee Feinberg. Chicago, IL: Moody Press. ISBN 978-0-802-42544-7. OCLC 7653379. 
  • ———, ed. (1988). Continuity and Discontinuity: Perspectives on the Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments: Essays in Honor of S. Lewis Johnson, Jr. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 0891074686. 
  • ———; Feinberg, Paul D. (1993). 1st, ed. Ethics for a Brave New World. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-433-51696-2. [2]
  • ——— (1994). The Many Faces of Evil: Theological Systems and the Problem of Evil (1st ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 978-1-433-51696-2. [3]
  • ——— (1997). Deceived By God?: A Journey Through Suffering. Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishing. ISBN 978-0-891-07886-9. [4]
  • ——— (2004). Where Is God: A Personal Story of Finding God in Grief and Suffering (Revised ed.). B&H Publishing. ISBN 978-0-805-43041-7. 
  • ——— (2004). The Many Faces of Evil: Theological Systems and the Problem of Evil (Revised and expanded ed.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-581-34567-4. 
  • ——— (2005). No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God. Foundations of Evangelical Theology. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-581-34275-8. [5]
  • ——— (2013). Can you believe it's true?: Christian apologetics in a modern and postmodern era. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-433-53900-8. OCLC 821025154. 
  • ——— (2016). When there are no easy answers: thinking differently about god, suffering and evil, and ... evil. Kregel Publications. ISBN 978-0-825-44412-8. OCLC 923650452. 


  • ——— (1986). "God Ordains All Things". In Basinger, David; Basinger, Randall. Predestination & Free Will: Four Views of Divine Sovereignty & Human Freedom. Spectrum Multiview Book Series. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press. pp. 19–44. ISBN 978-0-877-84567-6.  - plus his responses
  • ——— (1988). "Systems of Discontinuity". In Feinberg, John S. Continuity and Discontinuity: Perspectives on the Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments: Essays in Honor of S. Lewis Johnson, Jr. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 0891074686. 


  • ——— (Fall 1989). "Review Article: Rationality, Objectivity, and Doing Theology: Review and Critique of Wentzel Van Huysteen's Theology and the Justification of Faith". Trinity Journal ns. 10 (2): 161–184. 
  • ——— (Fall 1993). "A Baby At Any Cost And By Any Means? The Morality Of In Vitro Fertilization And Frozen Embryos". Trinity Journal ns. 14 (2): 143–173. 
  • ——— (1986). "1 Peter 3:18-20, Ancient Mythology, and the Intermediate State". Westminster Theological Journal. 48 (2): 303–336. 



  1. ^ Fienberg is the author of a major dictionary article on the subject of theodicy - Feinberg, John S. (2001). "Theodicy". In Elwell, Walter A. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Baker Reference Library (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. ISBN 978-0-801-02075-9. 
  2. ^ Childs, Brian H. (1995). "Book review: Ethics for a brave new world". Journal of Medical Humanities. 16 (1): 73–74. doi:10.1007/BF02276822. 
  3. ^ Sturch, R. L. (October 2005). "Book review: The Many Faces of Evil". The Journal of Theological Studies. 56 (2): 816–819. doi:10.1093/jts/fli243. 
  4. ^ Pettegrew, Larry (Fall 1997). "Book review: Deceived by God?". Master's Seminary Journal. 8 (2): 234–235. 
  5. ^ Morrison, John D. (December 2003). "Review article: John Feinberg's No One Like Him" (PDF). Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. 46 (4): 699–709. 

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