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J. Lanier Burns

Research Professor of Theological Studies, Senior Professor of Systematic Theology

BA, Davidson College, 1965; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1972; ThD, 1979; PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, 1993; Post-doctoral research, Harvard University, Fall 2001; Oxford University Round Table, 2008–2011

Dr. Burns is actively involved in administration in Christian and secular organizations. He also devotes time to writing, conferences, and pastoral leadership. He has been involved in post-doctoral research at Harvard and Oxford Universities. For over fortyyears he has served as president of the Asian Christian Academy in Hosur, India. He has participated in numerous neuroscientific activities for about fifteen years. His research interests include Trinitarianism, anthropology, sin, eschatology, the relationship of science and religion, and issues in social justice. He spends his spare time with his family and enjoying sports.

J. Lanier Burns
  • ST102 - Trinitarianism
  • ST103 - Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology
  • ST106 - Eschatology
  • ST305 - Johannine Theology
  • ST310 - Pauline Theology
  • ST405 - Roman Catholic Theology
  • ST410 - Theology of New Religious Movements
  • ST520 - Issues in Science and Theology
  • TS1003 - Seminar in Twentieth-century Theology and Theologians
  • TS2005 - Seminar in Systematic Theology
  • TS2010 - Seminar in Historical Theology
  • DM103 - The Applied Research Project
  1. Burns, J. Lanier, "The Future of Hope: Christian Tradition amid Modernity and Postmodernity." Cultural Encounters Fall (2005).
  2. Burns, J. Lanier, "Our Value As People Is Not Defined by Our Role in Church and Society." Moody Monthy Fall (1999).
  3. Burns, J. Lanier, "Cultural Lies the Church Believes: Our Value Is Vested in the Role We Play." Moody Monthy Winter (1997).
  4. Burns, J. Lanier, "Hermeneutical Issues and Principles in Hebrews as Exemplified in the Second Chapter." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39, no. 4 (1996). 587-607.
  5. Burns, J. Lanier, "A Model for Prayer." Kindred Spirit 8, no. 1 (1984). 16-18.
  6. Burns, J. Lanier, "Reemphasis on the Purpose of the Sign Gifts." Bibliotheca Sacra 132 (1975). 242-249.

In the Spring of 2007, Dr. Burns contributed to the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University. During this round table, Dr. Burns spoke on theology's interface with neuroscience.

Academic Interests

  • Trinitarianism
  • Anthropology
  • Sin
  • Eschatology
  • 20th century
  • Roman Catholicism
  • Alternative religions
  • Science and theology

Personal Interests

  • Racquetball
  • Golf
  • Family