Dr. Justin D. Klassen

Assistant Professor
Director, Master of Arts in Spirituality Program
Office: Alumni Hall 112
Phone: 502.272.8178
jklassen@bellarmine.edu
Simon Fraser University, B.A.; McMaster University, M.A., Ph.D.

Justin D. Klassen is Assistant Professor of Theology at Bellarmine University and Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Spirituality program. Klassen taught in the Theology Department at Bellarmine during the 2011-2012 academic year, before joining the department full-time in 2014. His interests include contemporary theology, environmental ethics, and philosophy of religion. He is the author of The Paradox of Hope: Theology and the Problem of Nihilism, and the co-editor of Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age: Essays on Religion and Theology in the Work of Charles Taylor. His current research focuses on the role of non-human nature in the Christian moral imagination.

Recent Publications

  • Co-editor (with Carlos D. Colorado): Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age: Essays on Religion and Theology in the Work of Charles Taylor. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.
  • “The Affirmation of Existential Life in Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age.” In Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age: Essays on Religion and Theology in the Work of Charles Taylor, eds. Carlos D. Colorado and Justin D. Klassen. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014. 13–38.
  • Book Review: Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank, The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic? In International Journal of Systematic Theology 14 (3): 360–362.
  • Monograph: The Paradox of Hope: Theology and the Problem of Nihilism. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011.

Courses Taught

  • THEO 200: Ultimate Questions
  • THEO 334: Christian Peacemaking
  • THEO 336: Theology, Nature, and Environmental Responsibility
  • MAS 577: Spirituality of Nature