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Dr. Junius Johnson

Dr. Junius Johnson

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Junius Johnson is an independent scholar, teacher, musician, and writer. He is currently the executive director of Junius Johnson Academics, through which he offers innovative courses designed to heighten students' sense of the wonder and mystery of the world we inhabit.

Junius has scholarly expertise in philosophical and historical theology, especially the Medieval period, and in Classical and Medieval literature. He holds a BA from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and an MA, two MPhils, and a PhD from Yale University. He is the author of 5 books, including The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty and On Teaching Fairy Stories.

As a teacher, Junius was a Lecturer in Latin and Theology at Yale Divinity School for 7 years and an assistant professor in Great Texts at Baylor University for 6 years. In addition, he has taught both in public school, a homeschool coop, and a small classical school, for which he also served as headmaster.

A professional french horn player, Junius has performed on three continents and recorded on 6 albums and the soundtrack for Rian Johnson’s film, The Brothers Bloom. He is an honorary member of the …

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The Father of Lights
A Theology of Beauty
A theological exploration of the human experience of beauty
On Teaching Fairy Stories
A Guide to Cultivating Wonder in Students through Great Literature
Extending the work of George Macdonald, CS Lewis, GK Chesterton, and JRR Tolkien, I explore the theological dimensions of fantastical literature


Yale University - 2010
Yale University - 2009
Yale University - 2006
Medieval Studies
Yale University - 2005
MAR (Master of Arts in Religion)
Yale University - 2000
Historical Theology
Oral Roberts University - 1998
English Lit