Dr. Kevin Johnson
Assistant Professor of History
Office Location: Reade 225
Phone: (765) 998-5302
Specialties: biblical history, diplomatic and political history of the late 19th dynasty, language of pharaonic egypt, ramesside history, the ancient near east, the history art, women in the ancient world
Ph.D., History, The University of Memphis, 2012 M.A., Biblical Studies, Harding School of Theology, 2010 M.A., Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago, 2005 M.A., Art History, The University of Memphis, 2002 B.A., History, Erskine College, 2000
Why I came to Taylor:
I came to Taylor because I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of a Christian liberal arts education. It encourages self-examination, an understanding of a variety of issues, and disciplined thinking. It also demands humility, the realization that other viewpoints may have validity and thus should not be so easily dismissed. It invites students to think globally, to consider the world around them and their place in the Church at large. Of paramount importance is the integration of faith into the classroom. To that end, I believe that Christian colleges like Taylor are in a unique position to go beyond the aims of secular universities, where ultimately the spiritual well-being and development of the student is of little importance, and the academic development of the student is the singular goal. Well-educated individuals without a moral compass to guide them in the many decisions they will make in their lives are, I believe, distinctly disadvantaged. Taylor's mission of developing the whole person is something I am excited to be a part of.
Advice to incoming students:
Consider your academic efforts as an act of worship to God. As Jesus says in Matthew 22:37: "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all of your mind." Most Christians have no problem loving God with their hearts and souls, but it is also important that they be transformed by the renewing of their minds as an act of worship for God's glory (Romans 12:2). Understand that all truth is God's truth, and what you learn here can be applied in many ways to make an impact in this world for Christ.
I enjoy watching college football, playing tennis, discussing theology over coffee, reading a good biography, and spending time with my girls. I am always on the lookout for a great film recommendation!