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J. Lanier Burns

Research Professor of Theological Studies, Senior Professor of Systematic Theology

BA, Davidson College, 1965; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1972; ThD, 1979; PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, 1993; Post-doctoral research, Harvard University, Fall 2001; Oxford University Round Table, 2008–2011

Dr. Burns is actively involved in administration in Christian and secular organizations. He also devotes time to writing, conferences, and pastoral leadership. He has been involved in post-doctoral research at Harvard and Oxford Universities. For over forty years he has served as president of the Asian Christian Academy in Hosur, India. He has participated in numerous neuroscientific activities for about fifteen years. His research interests include Trinitarianism, anthropology, sin, eschatology, the relationship of science and religion, and issues in social justice. He spends his spare time with his family and enjoying sports. He and Kathy have four children and 11 grandchildren.

Courses Taught

  • AS5105 - Seminar on God, Creation, Humanity, and Sin
  • ST5102 - Trinitarianism
  • ST5103 - Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology
  • ST5106 - Eschatology
  • ST5520 - Issues in Science and Theology
  • DM7103 - Applied Research Project
  • TS8103 - Seminar on Modern Theology and Theologians
  • TS8205 - Colloquium in Systematic Theology
  • TS8210 - Colloquium in Historical Theology
  • ST5410 - Theology of Alternative Religious Movements
  • ST5405 - Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Theologies
  • ST5310 - Pauline Theology
  • ST5305 - Johannine Theology


Academic Interests

20th century
Roman Catholicism
alternative religions
science and theology

Personal Interests



In the Spring of 2007, Dr. Burns contributed to the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University. During this round table, Dr. Burns spoke on theology's interface with neuroscience.

DTS Voice Videos

Faith in Sight
The Lamb and the Lion
What the New Pope Means for the Future of the Church
Knowing the Bible and Knowing Christ
The Goal of Godly Living
Perspective Is More Important than Performance
The Wisdom of the Weeping Prophet

DTS Voice Articles

Journal Articles

  • "The Future of Hope: Christian Tradition amid Modernity and Postmodernity." Cultural Encounters (Fall). 2005.
  • Review of "The God of Hope and the End of the World." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:642). 2004. 241-242.
  • Review of "Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:641). 2004. 113-114.
  • Review of "Genesis 1-11." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:641). 2004. 116-117.
  • Review of "Five Views on Apologetics." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:638). 2003. 247-249.
  • Review of "God, Israel, and the Gentiles: Rhetoric and Situation in Romans 9-11." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:638). 2003. 251-252.
  • Review of "Amazing Grace in John Newton: Slave Ship Captain, Hymnwriter, and Abolitionist." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:637). 2003. 125-126.
  • Review of "The Trinity: an Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Trinity." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 481-483.
  • Review of "Three Views on Creation and Evolution." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:634). 2002. 238-239.
  • Review of "What Is Justice? Classic and Contemporary Readings." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:632). 2001. 485-485.
  • Review of "Are Miraculous Gifts for Today: Four Views." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 490-491.
  • Review of "Streams of Confusion: 13 Great Ideas That Are Contaminating Our Thought and Culture." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 492-492.
  • Review of "Eschatology in Bible and Theology: Evangelical Essays at the Dawn of a New Millennium." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:627). 2000. 371-372.
  • "Our Value As People Is Not Defined by Our Role in Church and Society." Moody Monthy (Fall). 1999.
  • Review of "Surprised by the Voice of God: How God Speaks Today through Prophecies, Dreams, and Visions." Bibliotheca Sacra (154). 1997. 373-374.
  • "Cultural Lies the Church Believes: Our Value Is Vested in the Role We Play." Moody Monthy (Winter). 1997.
  • Review of "The Jesus I Never Knew." Bibliotheca Sacra (153). 1996. 500-500.
  • "Hermeneutical Issues and Principles in Hebrews as Exemplified in the Second Chapter." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (39:4). 1996. 587-607.
  • Review of "Basic Christian Ethics." Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 487-487.
  • Review of "Progressive Dispensationalism: an Up-to-date Handbook of Contemporary Dispensational Theology." Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 101-102.
  • Review of "Finding God." Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 105-106.
  • Review of "Twentieth-century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age." Bibliotheca Sacra (151). 1994. 489-491.
  • Review of "Paul and Perseverance: Staying in and Falling Away." Bibliotheca Sacra (150). 1993. 123-123.
  • Review of "This Present Darkness." Bibliotheca Sacra (147). 1990. 240-242.
  • Review of "Biblical Interpretation and the Church: Text and Context." Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 176-176.
  • Review of "Evangelical Dictionary of Theology." Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 74-75.
  • Review of "The Grandeur of God: A Theological and Devotional Study of the Divine Attributes." Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 78-79.
  • "A Model for Prayer." Kindred Spirit (8:1). 1984. 16-18.
  • "Reemphasis on the Purpose of the Sign Gifts." Bibliotheca Sacra (132). 1975. 242-249.