Jonathan Platter

Jonathan Platter

Assistant Professor of Theology

PhD; Christian Theology, 2021, University of Cambridge
MA(TS); 2014, Nazarene Theological Seminary
BA; 2012, Southern Nazarene University

One of the most liberating and challenging statements in Scripture is Paul's proclamation that [Christ] is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us (Eph 2:14). It is liberating because Paul here points the way to peace and reconciliation to a new humanity (2:15). And it is challenging because it means that the causes and principles we use to divide groups of people must be destroyed.

  • Awards & Honors

    PhD; Christian Theology, 2021, University of Cambridge
    MA(TS); 2014, Nazarene Theological Seminary
    BA; 2012, Southern Nazarene University

  • Publications


    • Divine Simplicity and the Triune Identity: A Critical Dialogue with the Theological Metaphysics of Robert W. Jenson.  Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2021.


    • (with Jacob Lett) Christ Who is Our Peace: Ephesians 2 and a Theological Ontology of Place, Journal of Theological Interpretation, (accepted; forthcoming).
    • Holiness in Excess: Between Holiness and Metaphysics in the Wake of Rowan Williams, Heythrop Journal (accepted; forthcoming). Early view open access: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/heyj.13594
    • Divine Simplicity and Scripture: A Theological Reading of Exodus 3:14, Scottish Journal of Theology 73, no. 4 (November 2020).
    • Holy Eating: A Meditation on the Sanctification of the Body, Didache: Faithful Teaching 19, no. 1 (Winter 2020).
    • Jesus, Trinity, and Creation: Divine Simplicity, the Real Relation, and Trinitarian Economy in Dialogue with Robert Jenson, Pro Ecclesia 28, no. 3 (August 2019): 23352.
    • Reading Art and Hearing God: Learning to Read Creation, Princeton Theological Review 21, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 5159.
    • Baptism and Beatitude: Taking Time and Partaking of the Eternal, Didache: Faithful Teaching 16, no. 3 (Winter 2017).
    • The Trinity, Social Justice, and the missio Dei: A Trinitarian Construal of Agency, Treating Social Justice as Paradigmatic of Christian Action, Didache: Faithful Teaching 13, no. 1 (Summer 2013).
  • Presentations
    • The Gifts of Being and the God of the Rahtid: Transgressing Boundaries between Metaphysics and Rage, Society for the Study of Theology (virtual conference), Spring 2021.
    • Divine Simplicity and the Availability of God: A Dialogue with Robert W. Jenson, (Invited) Postgraduate Seminar Presentation, Nazarene Theological College, April 29, 2020.
    • Divine Simplicity and Reading Scripture: Exodus 3:14 and God as Being-Itself, Tyndale Fellowship Conference, Philosophy of Religion section, Tyndale House, Cambridge, Summer 2018.
    • Classical Panentheism and the Simplicity of God: A Consideration of KÃrkkainen™s Retrieval of the Classical, at the Tyndale Fellowship Conference, Christian Doctrine section, Tyndale House, Cambridge, Summer 2018. 
    • Christ Who is our Peace: Peace, Bodies, and the Construal of Place, at the Society for the Study of Theology, University of Nottingham, Spring 2017.
    • Quantum Mechanics and the God“World Relationship, at the Wesleyan Philosophical Society, Point Loma Nazarene University, Spring 2016.
    • The Ontic Significance of God's Eschatological Word: Robert Jenson's Potential via Media Between Impartation and Imputation, at the Wesleyan Theological Society, Point Loma Nazarene University, Spring 2016.
  • Involvement at MNU

    Assistant Professor of Theology

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