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Senior Fellow Profiles

Gordon  Govens

Gordon Govens

Research Fellow in Law and Christianity, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University

Areas of Expertise

Church History; Reformation Studies; Criminal Law; Evidence Law; Testimony

Curriculum Vitae

    Govens' research focuses on the history and theology of the Reformation and its continuing legacy. His principal interests are the intersection of law, theology, and social culture across history, especially the interrelationship between church and state. His dissertation is titled, "The Witness of a Biblical Theologian, Pastor, and Jurist: Testimony as a Source of the Knowledge of God in John Calvin's Religious Epistemology." Govens previously worked as a lawyer and in business. 

    Govens holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Swarthmore College, a juris doctor from Fordham Law School, and a master of divinity, master of theology, and doctorate in History and Ecumenics (Reformation) from Princeton Theological Seminary.