Andrew Johnson

Visiting Associate Professor of Religion
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Dr. Andrew “Dru” Johnson teaches Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to Biblical
Literature, and Rituals in Science and Christianity. At The King’s College in New York City, where
he taught for 12 years before becoming a visiting professor of religion at Hope in 2023, in
addition to traditional courses in biblical studies he tackled topics including Israeli cinema and
cultural anthropology.

His eighth book, What Hath Darwin to Do with Scripture?, was released in late 2023. (On his
personal website a helpful scale from “easy to read” to “nerdiest” guides potential readers to
an appropriate choice.) He also explores the philosophical and intellectual world of biblical
literature as the co-host of two podcasts (The Biblical Mind and the OnScript Podcast) and in
publications including Christianity Today and Comment.

Dr. Johnson has held research fellowships at the Shalem Institute for Advanced Studies in
Jerusalem, the Logos Institute at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and the Henry Center
at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. In 2023 he launched a new project, the Multi-
faith Creation and Science Project (funded by Templeton Religion Trust). He’s ordained in the
Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Biblical literature
  • Scientific epistemology
  • Ritual in the Bible
  • The intellectual world of the Bible


  • Ph.D., University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2011
  • M.A., philosophy, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2007
  • M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary, 2003
  • B.A., psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1999

Selected publications

  • What Hath Darwin to Do with Scripture? Comparing the Conceptual Worlds of the Bible
    and Evolution, IVP Academic, 2023
  • The Biblical World of Gender, ed. with Celina Durgin, Cascade, 2022
  • Biblical Philosophy: A Hebraic Approach to the Old and New Testaments, Cambridge
    University Press, 2021
  • Human Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments, Eerdmans, 2018
  • Epistemology and Biblical Theology: From the Pentateuch to Mark’s Gospel, Routledge,

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Outside The College

Before his academic career blossomed, Dr. Johnson was a high-school dropout, skinhead, punk rock drummer, pizza delivery specialist, Air Force radar repairman, IT supervisor and pastor. These days, he loves walking with his wife, traveling to visit his adult children and getting a daily dose of Seinfeld.

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Andrew Johnson

Phone Number616.395.7750

Lubbers Hall Room 333 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423
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