Garrett Paul


Professor Paul teaches in the areas of historical and contemporary theology, ethics, philosophy of religion, and science and religion. His teaching and research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century theology; Ernst Troeltsch and Paul Tillich; philosophy of history; sociology of religion; ethics and political economy; religion and culture; religion and science; history of religions, especially Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Professor Paul's awards and honors include Phi Beta Kappa; National Endowment for Humanities Summer Seminar; Project Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant; Fellow, Lutheran Academy of Scholars; Research Fellow, Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Studies, and President, North American Paul Tillich Society.

His books and articles incorporate the theological, philosophical, and political work of Ernst Troeltsch and Paul Tillich in late Wilhelmine and early Weimar Germany along with comtemporary theological insights into political and social issues. Professor Paul's more significant publications include translations of The Christian Faith and Historicism and its Problems, by Ernst Troeltsch (with David Reid, in progress) and has authored The Emphatic Christian Center; Reforming American Political Practice (with Kyle Pasewark). Professor Paul has also published articles in Papers of the Nineteenth Century Theology Group, Mitteilungen der Ernst Troeltsch Gesellschaft, Christian Century, and Troeltsch-Studien.

Professor Paul is the most senior member of the Religion Department. For many years he served as the chairperson, and he played a significant role in hiring all of the present faculty and shaping the department into its current configuration. At Gustavus since 1983.


B.A., Wabash, 1971; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1973, 1980

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-299Sources and Methods142013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
REL-123Faith, Religion, and Culture112009/SP, 2007/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/FA
REL-223Christ, Culture, and Nature92014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
REL-399Senior Thesis92013/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
CUR-120Individual and Morality82008/SP, 2005/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
REL-112Studies in Religion Lab82001/SP and 1999/FA
REL-253Science and Religion52013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, and 2005/FA
FTS-100FTS:Railroads52013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2007/FA, and 2004/FA
REL-244ST:Neuroscience/Religion42013/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/JN, and 2000/JN
CUR-399Senior Seminar32008/FA, 2003/SP, and 2002/FA
REL-112Studies in Religion32001/SP, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
REL-241Religions of India22011/JN and 2010/JN
REL-322Nineteenth Century Religious Thought22006/FA and 2004/FA
REL-344Nineteenth Century Religious Thought22003/SP and 2001/FA
REL-242Science and Religion22002/FA and 2000/FA
REL-245Religions of India12014/SP
REL-203Atheism & Theism12014/JN
REL-301Religion and War Crimes12007/JN
REL-268Career Exploration12003/JN
REL-233Christian Social Ethics12002/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.