Dr. Paul A. Lewis
Professor of Religion
I have been at Mercer University since 2002 but grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, a city that sits on the western border of Missouri and the eastern border of Kansas. St. Joe has a history of looking both forward to the promise of the West and back to the country’s more settled heritage of the East. Upon reflection, I wonder how that setting has subtly shaped my life. On one hand, I find that I am intellectually and religiously restless — never settled for long, always wanting to explore more.
At the same time, I have put down some roots that guide my approach to theological ethics and my convictions about teaching and learning. We draw from the history and traditions that nurture us even as we continue to expand their horizons. In short, knowing who we are and where we come from make it possible for us to move into the future with integrity.
- Ph.D., Duke University
- Th.M., Union Theological Seminary
- M.Div., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
- B.A., Missouri Western State College
Moral development, the virtues, and practical wisdom.
Reading science fiction, listening to jazz, hiking, and watching sports car racing.
- Faithful Innovation: The Rule of God and a Christian Practical Wisdom. Macon: Smyth and Helyws (2020).
- Wisdom Calls: the Moral Story of the Hebrew Bible (Macon, GA: Nurturing Faith, 2017).
- “In Gun We Trust? a Homily,” in Review and Expositor (2020).
- “The Organ Maker’s Shop, Erotic Attention, Teaching, and Trust,” Tradition and Discovery 44 (No. 2, July 2018):10-17.*
- “Reading H. Richard Niebuhr through Aristotelian Lenses: Pointers toward a Christian Practical Reason,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 43 (No. 2, Fall 2016):241-254.*
- “In Defense of Aristotle on Character: Toward a Synthesis of Recent Psychology, Neuroscience, and Michael Polanyi,” Journal of Moral Education 41 (No. 2, June 2012):155-170.*