Paul J. Griffiths

Paul J. Griffiths

Professor of Catholic Theology

External address: 
056 Langford Bldg., Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0968
(919) 660-3413


Paul J. Griffiths joined the faculty of Duke Divinity School in January 2008 as Warren Professor of Catholic Theology. He was born in England in 1955, and lived and was educated there until 1980, when he moved to the USA to complete his studies. Since 1980 he has lived mostly in the USA, becoming a US citizen in 1994.

He married Judith Heyhoe in 1975, and has two children with her. He and his family were received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1996, having previously been Anglican. He has held academic positions at the University of Notre Dame (1986-1990), the University of Chicago (1984-1986, 1990-2000), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (2000-2007).

His main intellectual interests and topics of publication include: post-1950 Catholic philosophical theology; the philosophical and political questions arising from religious diversity; fourth- and fifth-century African Christian thought (especially Augustine); and Gupta-period Indian Buddhist thought (especially Yogacara).

He has published nine books as sole author, and seven more as co-author or editor. The most recent is Song of Songs: A Commentary (Brazos Press, 2011). He delivered the Stanton Lectures at Cambridge University in 2013, under the title "The End: An Eschatological Assay," and is at the moment turning those lectures into a book that will be published by Baylor University Press.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1983
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford (UK) 1980
  • B.A., University of Oxford (UK) 1978