Vita

Education
Ph.D., Theological Studies (Concentration: Philosophy of Religion), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2010

M.Div. with Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1998

B.A., History, Furman University, 1988

Books
John Foster Dulles: Missionary Patriot. Eerdmans, under contract.

Editor, Democracy in America: A New Abridgment for Students, Lexham Press, 2016

American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea, IVP Academic, 2015

One Nation Under God: An Evangelical Critique of Christian America, Wipf & Stock, 2011

Research Articles
“Rembrandt van Rijn: Painter of the Reformation,” in Reformation 500, ed. Ray Van Neste, Nashville: Broadman and Holman, forthcoming 2016

“Religious Liberty, Past and Present: A Theological Defense.” The City: A Publication of Houston Baptist University 6.3 (Spring 2014): 56–68.

“The ‘Tergiversation’ of Antony Flew: A Review and Assessment of Antony Flew’s There Is a God.” Southwestern Journal of Theology 54.1 (2011): 45–54.

“A Critique of the Historiographical Construal of America as a Christian Nation.” Global Journal of Classical Theology 8.2 (September 2010): http://www.phc.edu/gj_journalindex.php

“Paul Davies and the Philosophy of Science.” Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics 3.1 (2010): 67–81.

“The Impact of the Reformation on the Fine Arts with Emphasis Upon Selected Works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Rembrandt van Rijn.” Faith and Mission 23 (Spring 2006): 31–54.

Book Reviews
R. R. Reno, Restoring the Idea of a Christian Society, in The Gospel Coalition, https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-reviews-resurrecting-idea-christian-society

Neil J. Young, We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics, in The Gospel Coalition, https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-reviews-we-gather-together

Emily Conroy-Krutz, Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic, in Fides et Historia, forthcoming

Sam Haselby, The Origins of American Religious Nationalism, in Fides et Historia, 48.1 (Winter/Spring 2016): 193–95.

W. E. B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk for the Society of US Intellectual History, http://s-usih.org/2016/02/black-souls-matter.html

Peter Gardella, American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred for the Society of US Intellectual History, February 22, 2015, http://s-usih.org/2015/02/america-is-my-religion.html

Ian J. Shaw, Churches, Revolutions, and Empires: 1789-1914 in Trinity Journal 35.2 (Fall 2014): 361–63.

Kenneth J. Collins, Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism: From the Scopes Trial to the Obama Administration in Westminster Theological Journal 75.2 (Fall 2013): 412–14.

Rodney Stark, The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion in Southeastern Theological Review 4.1 (Summer 2013): 85–86.

Andreas J. Köstenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue, in Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 6.1 (Spring 2013): 133–35.

Rodney Stark, America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 17.1 (Spring 2013): 67–68.

John A. Ragosta, Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia’s Religious Dissenters Helped Win the American Revolution and Secured Religious Liberty in Fides et Historia 45.1 (Winter/Spring 2013): 156–58.

John Fea, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction in Themelios 37.2 (July 2012): 347–48.

Articles, Essays, and Op-Eds for General Audiences
“Is American Exceptionalism at Odds with Laudato Si’?,” America: The National Catholic Review, forthcoming fall 2016

“The Complexity of American Exceptionalism,” In All Things, June 4, 2016, http://inallthings.org/the-complexity-of-american-exceptionalism/

“Why This Southern Conservative Supports Black Lives Matter,” Aeon: Ideas and Culture, April 21, 2016, https://aeon.co/opinions/why-this-southern-conservative-supports-black-lives-matter

“What Would Tocqueville Say About Trump?” The American Conservative, March 9, 2016, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-would-tocqueville-say-about-trump/

“The Legacy of John Foster Dulles that Remains With Us to this Day,” History News Network, January 10, 2016, http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161564

“6 Questions With John David Wilsey,” Religion in American History, January 6, 2016, http://usreligion.blogspot.com/2016/01/6-questions-with-john-david-wilsey.html

“Patriotism is on Behalf of, Not Against, All Nations,” Anxious Bench, December 20, 2015, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2015/12/patriotism-is-on-behalf-of-not-against-all-nations/

“The Author’s Corner with John D. Wilsey,” The Way of Improvement Leads Home, December 10, 2015, http://www.philipvickersfithian.com/2015/12/the-authors-corner-with-john-d-wilsey.html.

“The American Exceptionalisms of Foner and the Cheneys,” Anxious Bench, September 2, 2015, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2015/09/the-american-exceptionalisms-of-foner-and-the-cheneys/

“Luther and Calvin on the Mosaic Law,” Nomocracy in Politics, March 23, 2015, http://nomocracyinpolitics.com/2015/03/23/luther-and-calvin-on-the-mosaic-law-by-john-d-wilsey/

“What the Public Should Know About Thanksgiving,” Patheos: Warren Throckmorton, November 23, 2014, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/11/23/john-wilsey-on-what-the-public-should-know-about-thanksgiving/

“Americolatry in Christian History Curricula,” Religion in American History, October 20, 2014, http://usreligion.blogspot.com/2014/10/americolatry-in-christian-history.html

“How to Write a Book Proposal: 6 Crucial Elements,” Elizabeth M. Covart: Historian of Early America, March 10, 2014, http://www.elizabethcovart.com/write-book-proposal-6-crucial-elements/

“Six Tips That Will Help You Find Time to Write During the Academic Year,” Elizabeth M. Covart: Historian of Early America, January 27, 2014, http://www.elizabethcovart.com/6-tips-will-help-find-time-write-academic-year-guest-post-john-wilsey/

“First Step to Publishing: Network to Build Relationships,” Elizabeth M. Covart: Historian of Early America, December 16, 2013, http://www.elizabethcovart.com/first-step-publishing-network-build-relationships-guest-post-john-wilsey/

“Spiritual Training and Soul Care for Texas Prisoners,” EthicsDaily.com, August 30, 2012, http://ethicsdaily.com/spiritual-training-and-soul-care-for-texas-prisoners-cms-19947

“American Exceptionalism’s Original Use Was Unexceptional,” EthicsDaily.com, December 6, 2012, http://ethicsdaily.com/american-exceptionalisms-original-use-was-unexceptional-cms-20264

“David Barton: Christian Illusionist,” The Way of Improvement Leads Home, September 24, 2012, http://www.philipvickersfithian.com/2012/09/david-barton-as-christian-illusionist.html

Media Appearances
Interview with Lilian Calles Barger, New Books Network, http://newbooksnetwork.com/john-d-wilsey-american-exceptionalism-and-civil-religion-reassessing-the-history-of-an-idea-ivp-academic-2015/, March 18, 2016.

Interview with Tony Gill, Research on Religion, http://www.researchonreligion.org/historical-topics/john-wilsey-on-american-exceptionalism-civil-religion, November 29, 2015.

Interview with Arthur Remillard, Marginalia Review of Books, http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/first-impressions-60-john-wilsey/, November 24, 2015.

Interview with Elizabeth Covart, Ben Franklin’s World, November 3, 2015. http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/episode-054-john-d-wilsey-american-exceptionalism-the-history-of-an-idea/

“Is America a Christian Nation: A Conversation with Bruce Etter and John Wilsey, The Way of Improvement Leads Home, August 12, 2014 http://www.philipvickersfithian.com/2014/08/is-america-christian-nation.html

“Is America a Christian Nation?” Charlottesville Right Now, April 10, 2010,
http://www.cvillepodcast.com/2010/04/21/charlottesville-right-now-4-21-10-dr-john-wilsey/
http://www.cvillepodcast.com/2010/04/21/charlottesville-right-now-4-21-10-dr-john-wilsey-part-ii/

Professional Leadership
Senior Research Fellow for Faith and Liberty, Land Center for Cultural Engagement
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas

Co-editor and contributor, Christian Century: Then and Now–Religious Historians Take on the Present, http://www.christiancentury.org/contributor/john-d-wilsey

Contributor, RealClearReligion, http://www.realclearreligion.org/authors/john_wilsey/

Associate Director, Land Center for Cultural Engagement, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Presentations and Lectures
“How to Read Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America”
September 29, 2016
Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Laudato Si’ and American Exceptionalist Views of the Land”
Society for Values in Higher Education, July 15, 2016
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

Book Talk on American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea
Calvin Seminar, led by Edward J. Blum: “Bodies of Christ: Visual Depictions
of Christ, Then and Now,” June 17, 2016
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“’Come Roam with Me Columbia’s Forests Through:’ American Exceptionalism and the Environment”
Christian Scholars’ Conference, June 9, 2016
Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee

“W. E. B. Du Bois and American History,” Panel Co-Organizer and Presenter: “Comparative Views of American Identity: W. E. B. Du Bois and J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur”
African American Intellectual History Society (upcoming), March 11, 2016
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“John Foster Dulles and America’s Great Commission: A Historical Case Study in the Contact Between American Civil Religion and Protestant Theology”
Evangelical Theological Society (upcoming), November 18, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

“Assessing the Relationship between American Evangelical Protestantism and the Conservative Intellectual Tradition”
Society for US Intellectual History (upcoming), October 17, 2015
Washington, DC

“Civil Religion, Exceptionalism, and Patriotism: A Consideration in Propriety”
The Ciceronian Society, March 13, 2015
Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland

Session Chair and Respondent to “Revolutions and Regenerations of New England Clergy
in the 18th Century”
Society for United States Intellectual History, October 11, 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana

“Prisoners, the Public, and the Polis: Useable Pasts and the Historian’s Craft,” Panel Organizer and Presenter:
“Teaching History Behind Bars: The Public Platform of a Texas Maximum Security Prison”
Conference on Faith and History, September 27, 2014
Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

“Exceptionalism as an Aspect of American Civil Religion”
Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference, April 5, 2014
Houston, Texas

“Separating Wheat from Chaff in the Concept of American Exceptionalism”
Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, March 8, 2014
Dallas, Texas

“American Pietas: Considering the History and Theology of American Exceptionalism as an Aspect of American Civil Religion”
Evangelical Theological Society, November 19, 2013
Baltimore, Maryland

“Religious Freedom and American Exceptionalism: Are They Compatible?”
Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference, March 23, 2013
Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas

“Religious Freedom and the Presidential Election of 2012”
Land Center for Cultural Engagement, November 5, 2012
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Houston, Texas

“American Exceptionalism and Christian Citizenship”
Houston Philosophy and Theology Colloquium, October 11, 2012
Lanier Theological Library, Houston, Texas

“An Historical Overview and Theological Critique of American Exceptionalism”
Conference on Faith and History, October 5, 2012
Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts

“Trends in the Justification and Application of Religious Liberty: 1600–Present”
Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference, March 31, 2012
Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas

“Anselm’s Ontological Argument”
International Society of Christian Apologetics, April 23, 2010
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas

“A Brief Analysis of the Holiness of God and Implications for Spiritual Formation”
Southeast Region Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 19, 2010
North Greenville University, Greenville, South Carolina

“A Critique of the Historiographical Construal of America as a Christian Nation”
Evangelical Theological Society, November 19, 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana

“Feed on Me: Four Christian Theologies of the Lord’s Supper—Zwinglian View”
Center for Christian Study, October 19, 2009
Charlottesville, Virginia
http://studycenter.net/resources/media-resources/view.download/3/58.html

“The Function of Faith as a Presupposition in the Valid Interpretation of Scripture”
International Society of Christian Apologetics, April 17, 2009
Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois

“The Impact of the Reformation on the Fine Arts with Emphasis upon Selected
Works of Johann S. Bach and Rembrandt van Rijn”
Center for Christian Study, March 7, 2007
Charlottesville, Virginia

Awards and Fellowships
Mary Jo Small Fellow, Society for Values in Higher Education
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, July 22 –26, 2015

Witherspoon Institute Church and State Seminar: Religion and Liberty in the American Founding Era
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, July 27 – August 2, 2014

Oikonomia Fellow, Acton Institute Annual Conference on Faith, Liberty, and Economics
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2013 and 2015

Teaching Fellow for L. Russ Bush, III, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004 – 2006

Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, Paladin Battalion, Furman University
Two Year Advanced Scholarship

Courses Taught
Ph.D.
Contemporary Philosophical Issues: Marxism

D.Min.
Theological Foundations for the Christian Worldview

M.Div./M.A.
History of Christianity
Philosophy of Religion
Christian Apologetics
American Christianity
Makers of the American Mind
Spiritual Formation I and II

Undergraduate
Contemporary Worldviews
Contemporary Issues in American Culture
Principles and Structure of American Politics
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
Introduction to Christian Apologetics
Survey of Church History
History of Philosophy
Introduction to Natural Science
Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas
Introduction to Theology
American Religious Movements

Academic Society Memberships
American Academy of Religion
American Society of Church History
Evangelical Theological Society
Conference on Faith and History
Society for US Intellectual History
Society for Values in Higher Education
Ciceronian Society

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