John G. Stackhouse, Jr., PhD

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John G. Stackhouse, Jr., PhD Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies
Dean of Faculty Development

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Email: john.stackhouse@crandallu.ca

Dr. John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development at Crandall University. He received a B.A. (First Class) from Queen’s University, a M.A. summa cum laude from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. Dr. Stackhouse joined the Arts, Business, and Science faculty in 2015.

Professor Stackhouse’s research is focused on Christian theology, history, philosophy, and ethics. His/her past projects, publications, and presentations relate to the history of North American Christianity (particularly evangelicalism), Christian systematic theology, philosophy of knowledge, apologetics, Christian leadership, and ethics. His most recent books are Can I Believe? Christianity for the Hesitant and Evangelicalism: A Very Short Introduction, both from the Oxford University Press.

Professor Stackhouse is currently working on a book on Christian epistemology (“How to Think as a Christian”) and another on Christian doctrine (“Questionable Theology”), both under contract with the Oxford University Press.

Notable among his/her credentials are listing in Who’s Who in Canada (since 1998), more than a dozen awards for journalism from the Canadian Church Press, multiple book prizes, and university awards in teaching, service, outreach, and scholarship. Prior to Crandall, Professor Stackhouse taught at Regent College and the University of Manitoba, and has supervised or examined doctoral theses at the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University.


BA (first class honours), Queen’s University at Kingston
MA (summa cum laude), Wheaton College Graduate School
PhD, The University of Chicago

Courses Taught

  • The Christian Way
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Christian Thought
  • World Religions
  • Apologetics
  • Eschatology
  • God and Evil
  • Advanced Seminar: Bonhoeffer’s Ethics
  • Advanced Seminar: C. S. Lewis
  • Ethical Reasoning

Honours & Scholarships

  • More than a dozen research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Association of Theological Schools, the Canadian Embassy to the United States, and other agencies
  • More than a dozen awards for journalism from the Canadian Church Press
  • Listed in Canadian Who’s Who since 1998

Other Professional Appointments

Editorial Board, The Anglican Journal (2020-  )

Select Publications & Presentations

Evangelicalism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2022)

Can I Believe? An Invitation to the Hesitant (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Why You’re Here: Ethics for the Real World (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism (InterVarsity Press, 2015).

Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil (Oxford University Press, 1998; 2nd edition, InterVarsity Press, 2009).

Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century: An Introduction to Its Character (University of Toronto Press, 1993).

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