John Betz

John Betz

Associate Professor
Systematic Theology


B.A. Wake Forest University, 1991

Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1999

Research and Teaching Interests

Betz specializes in systematic and philosophical theology, with a particular interest in German philosophy and theology from the eighteenth century to the present.  Within this period he has been concerned chiefly with two figures:  the eighteenth-century Lutheran author, Johann Georg Hamann, and the twentieth-century Jesuit theologian Erich Przywara.

Recent Publications


2008. After Enlightenment: The Post-Secular Vision of J. G. Hamann. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Chapters:

2014. “Metaphysics and Theology: An Introduction to Erich Przywara’s Analogia Entis,” in Analogia Entis: Metaphysics by Erich Przywara, pp. 1-115. Cambridge: Eerdmans.

2012. “‘Reading Sibylline Leaves’: J. G. Hamann in the History of Ideas,” in Hamann and the Tradition, ed. Lisa Marie Anderson, pp. 5-32. Evanston: Northwestern University Press.

2010. “Erich Przywara and Karl Barth:  On the Analogia Entis as a Formal Principle of Catholic Theology,” in The Analogy of Being: Invention of the Anti-Christ or the Wisdom of God, ed. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., pp. 35-87. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2007. “The Beauty of the Metaphysical Imagination,” in Belief and Metaphysics, ed. Conor Cunningham and Peter Candler, pp. 41-65. Canterbury: SCM Press.


2012. “The Beauty of the Metaphysical Imagination,” in Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts 1 (2012), pp. 27-40.

2010. “Glory(ing) in the Humility of the Word:  The Kenotic Form of Revelation in J. G. Hamann,” in Letter and Spirit 6 (2010), pp. 141-179.




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