John D. Wilsey

Associate Professor of Church History (2017)

Wilsey has worked with students as an educator, school administrator, pastor, and seminary professor since 1992. His research interests lie broadly in the history of ideas in the Christian West, and more specifically, in the history of Christian nationalism, religious freedom, and the interaction of church and state in America since the colonial period. He is the author of One Nation Under God: An Evangelical Critique of Christian America (Pickwick, 2011) and American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea (IVP Academic, 2015). Wilsey also edited an abridged edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic work, Democracy in America (1835-40) titled Democracy in America: A New Abridgment for Students (Lexham, 2016). He will be spending the 2017-18 academic year as the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions researching a work on John Foster Dulles, secretary of state for Dwight D. Eisenhower, for Eerdmans Library of Religious Biography series.

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B.A., Furman University; M.Div., Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary