Garrett Paul


Professor Emeritus in Religion

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-299 Sources and Methods 14 2013/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-123 Faith, Religion, and Culture 11 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/FA
REL-223 Christ, Culture, and Nature 9 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
REL-399 Senior Thesis 9 2013/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
CUR-120 Individual and Morality 8 2008/SP, 2005/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
REL-112 Studies in Religion Lab 8 2001/SP and 1999/FA
FTS-100 FTS:Railroads 5 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2007/FA, and 2004/FA
REL-253 Science and Religion 5 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, and 2005/FA
REL-244 ST:Neuroscience/Religion 4 2013/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/JN, and 2000/JN
CUR-399 Senior Seminar 3 2008/FA, 2003/SP, and 2002/FA
REL-112 Studies in Religion 3 2001/SP, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
REL-241 Religions of India 2 2011/JN and 2010/JN
REL-322 Nineteenth Century Religious Thought 2 2006/FA and 2004/FA
REL-344 Nineteenth Century Religious Thought 2 2003/SP and 2001/FA
REL-242 Science and Religion 2 2002/FA and 2000/FA
REL-245 Religions of India 1 2014/SP
REL-203 Atheism & Theism 1 2014/JN
REL-301 Religion and War Crimes 1 2007/JN
REL-268 Career Exploration 1 2003/JN
REL-233 Christian Social Ethics 1 2002/SP
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.