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Jon Pahl

Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity


Dr. Pahl's CV

Ph.D. - The University of Chicago Divinity School (The History of Christianity) 1990
M.T.S. - Trinity Lutheran Seminary (History, Theology, Society) 1983
B.A. - Valparaiso University (History, Religion, Christ College) 1980

Dr. Jon Pahl is a historian of American religions and the history of Christianity, a public theologian, and an award-winning teacher, musician, and community activist. He received his B.A. from Valparaiso University, M.T.S. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Dr. Pahl has spoken with audiences at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Stanford, Yale, Princeton and many other academic venues around the globe, in addition to his work as a youth minister, lay preacher, administrator, Board member, and teacher in many diverse congregations and agency settings. He is writing a book with the title A Coming Religious Peace?, and a biography of the controversial Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, under the working title Fethullah Gülen as Peacebuilder: A Life of Hizmet. He lives on a lake in Clintonville, WI with his wife of 35 years, Lisa, and he maintains an apartment in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park neighborhood. He enjoys gardening, spending time with his extended family and friends, and sitting in on the sax with jazz, gospel, and R and B bands.


Dr. Pahl has published dozens of articles, essays, columns, and reviews; has appeared on media outlets from the BBC to ABC, and is author or editor of six books, most recently Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces: Putting God in Place (Wipf and Stock), and Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence (NYU). All of his books are on amazon.com.

Mailing Address

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119