Paul J. Griffiths

William K. Warren Foundation 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

Griffiths, PJ. Intellectual appetite: a theological grammar. Washington: Catholic University of America, 2009.

Griffiths, PJ. The vice of curiosity: an essay on intellectual appetite. Winnipeg: CMU Pr, 2006.

Reason and the reasons of faith. Ed. R Huetter and P Griffiths. New York; London: T & T Clark, 2005. (Edited Book)

Griffiths, PJ. Lying : an Augustinian theology of duplicity: an Augustinian theology of duplicity. Grand Rapids, Mich: Brazos Press, 2004.

Griffiths, PJ. Lying: an Augustinian theology of duplicity. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2004.

Griffiths, PJ. Philosophy of Religion: A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.

Griffiths, PJ. Problems of religious diversity. Oxford: Blackwell Pub, 2001.

Griffiths, PJ. Religious reading: the place of reading in the practice of religion. New York: Oxford Univ Pr, 1999.


Griffiths, PJ. "The religious alien." Oxford handbook of religious diversity. Oxford: Oxford Univ Pr, 2011. 115-126.

Griffiths, PJ. "The cross as the fulcrum of politics: expropriating Agamben on Paul." Paul, philosophy, and the theopolitical vision. Eugene, Or: Cascade, 2010. 179-197.

Griffiths, PJ. "Purgatory." Oxford handbook of eschatology. New York: Oxford Univ Pr, 2008. 427-445.

Griffiths, PJ. "'Saying the Thing That is Not': Newman on the Lie." Newman and Truth. Ed. IT Ker and T Merrigan. Louvain: Peeters Press, 2008. 189-226.

Griffiths, PJ. "Culture's Catechumens and the Church's Task." Handing on the Faith: The Church's Mission and Challenge. Ed. RP Imbelli. New York: Herder & Herder, 2006. 44-59.

Griffiths, PJ. "Christians and the church." Oxford handbook of theological ethics. Oxford: Oxford Univ Pr, 2005. 398-412.

Griffiths, PJ. "How reasoning goes wrong: a quasi-Augustinian account of error and its implications." Reason and the reasons of faith. New York: T & T Clark, 2005. 145-159.

Griffiths, PJ. "Nontheistic conceptions of the divine." Oxford handbook of philosophy of religion. Oxford: Oxford Univ Pr, 2005. 59-79.

Griffiths, PJ. "Religious allegiance and political sovereignty: an irreconcilable tension?." Sacred and the sovereign. Washington, DC: Georgetown Univ Pr, 2003. 247-255.

Griffiths, PJ. "An evangelical theology of religions?." No other gods before me?. Grand Rapids: Baker Bk House, 2001. 163-169.


Griffiths, PJ. "The good Samaritan's burden." First Things 230 (February 1, 2013): 50-51.

Griffiths, PJ. "Public life without political theory." First Things 225 (August 1, 2012): 35-37.

Griffiths, PJ. "Fellow travelers? Four Atheists who don't hate religion." Commonweal 139.17 (2012): 24-.

Griffiths, PJ. "WHICH ARE THE WORDS OF SCRIPTURE?." THEOLOGICAL STUDIES 72.4 (December 2011): 703-722. Full Text

Griffiths, PJ. "Tears and weeping: an Augustianian view." Faith and Philosophy 28.1 (January 1, 2011): 19-28.

Griffiths, PJ. "The nature of desire." First Things 198 (December 1, 2009): 27-30.

Griffiths, PJ. "Turning points: how my mind has changed." Christian Century 126.22 (November 3, 2009): 26-29.


Griffiths, PJ. "The liturgical drowse: a foretaste of heaven?(Short Takes)." Commonweal 136.4 (2009): 15-.