Jonathan S. Owens                                                                                            Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Curriculum Vitae, Spring 2017

Areas of Interest

Systematic Theology

  • Global Christianity / World Religions
  • Interfaith Dialogue / Cooperation
  • Adaptation of doctrinal standards to contemporary issues
  • Postfoundationalist Theology

Political Theology

  • Maintaining public intra-religious space, constructive interreligious practice
  • The role of Christian dogmatics in the body politic
  • Theological solutions to public moral problems, such as forced migration


  • Christian social ethics
  • Constructive interreligious ethics
  • Political ethics – hospitality, pluralism, migration, violence/non-violence, civic responsibility


Marquette University

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religious Studies – Ethics (anticipated Spring 2020)
  • Theological Ethics, Political Theology, Muslim-Christian Dialogue

Western Theological Seminary

  • Studies in Ethics – American Political Theology (2016)

Sultan Qaboos University with Hartford Seminary & the Al Amana Centre

  • Certificate in Islamic Studies & Ibadi Jurisprudence (2015)

Calvin Theological Seminary

  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Systematic Theology (2015)
  • Thesis: Augustinian Christian Civil Responsibility

Calvin College

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Systematic Theology & Philosophy (2004)
  • Theology Capstone Project: Ich und Du in Trinitarian Dialogue
  • Philosophy Capstone Project: V.O. Quine & Self-Referential Incoherentism

Languages & Proficiency

  • German – advanced
  • French – elementary
  • Koine Greek – elementary
  • Biblical Hebrew – intermediate
  • Arabic, MSA & Levantine – elementary

Conference Presentations

“Constructive Inter-Religious Dialogue and Cooperation”

  • Emerging Religious Leaders Seminar, 52nd Annual ISNA Convention, 2015

“Islam, Christianity, and America in 2050 – Crafting the Future Together”

  • Kaufman Interfaith Institute’s Grand Dialogue, June 2015

“American Islam & Christian Responsibility”

  • Salaam Project Annual Convention, February 2015

“ISNA and the Diversity of Islam in North America”

  • West Michigan Interfaith Consortium, October 2014

Published Work

“Muslims & Christians Sharing the Same Values”

  • Detroit Free Press, 11 September 2014

“Impossibility of Adam: Genetics as a Challenge to the Historical Adam”

  • Stromata, Fall 2013

Academic Service

Teaching Assistant, Marquette University, Fall 2016 to present.

  • Quests for God, Paths of Revelation, Fall 2016
  • Religion, Violence, and Non-Violence, Spring 2017

Teaching Assistant, Western Theological Seminary, Fall 2015

  • Christian Ethics

Guest Lecturer, Calvin College, Spring 2014

  • Doctrine of Creation, Divine Transcendence & Immanence

Rhetoric Center, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2012-2015

  • Proofread and edit doctoral dissertations.

Editor, Stromata, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2013-2014

  • Stromata is the theological journal of the CTS student body

Treasurer, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2013

  • Member of the executive team of Student Senate

Representative, Salaam Project, 2012-present

  • Teaching members of the CRCNA about Islam


  • American Academy of Religion (Student Member)
  • Mountain Rescue Association
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Society of Christian Ethics (Student Member)
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (Student Member)

Volunteer Service

Kaufman Interfaith Institute, 2014-present

  • Interfaith Dialogue Representative

Shoulder-to-Shoulder, 2014-present

  • Christian Advocate for Muslim-Americans & Interfaith Dialogue Partner

Intern, The Micah Center, 2013-2015

  • Interfaith social justice think-tank, sponsoring advocacy in seven different areas

Mentor, 70×7 Life Recovery, 2013

  • Mentor and life skills coach for recently released felons; a summer volunteer position

Mountain Rescue, Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, 2008-2012

  • Aid in the rescue of skiers and climbers along the Wasatch Front in Salt Lake City, UT

Previous Non-Academic Employment

Assistant Pastor, Maranatha Christian Reformed Church

Safety & Technical Rescue Instructor, Tower Operations, American Tower Corporation

Mountain Rescue Technician & Sheriff’s Deputy, Salt Lake Sheriff’s Office Special Operations

Experiential Educator, Oakley Therapeutic Boarding School


(a full work history and resume is available on request, as are references)

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