CCU Spotlights

Dr. Aaron Smith

Dr. Aaron Smith

Associate Professor of Theology
School of Theology

  • Ph.D. Systematic Theology (Marquette University)
  • M.Div. (Bethel Seminary San Diego)
  • B.A. (California State University San Diego)

Other Experience:

  • Dissertation Fellowship, Marquette University, 2006-2007
  • Stipendienprogramm, Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden, Germany, 2006-2007
  • Full Teaching Assistantship, Marquette University, 2004-2006
  • One-half Teaching Assistantship, Marquette University, 2003-2004
  • Teaching Assistantship, Bethel Seminary, San Diego, 2001-2003
  • Eta Beta Rho (Hebrew Honor Society), 2002-2003
  • Zondervan Publishing "Greek Award", 2001


Phone: 303-963-3164

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Colorado Christian University Faculty Member of the Year (2013-2014)
  • Research Stipendiat at the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek in Emden Germany (2006-2007)
  • Adjunct Professor of Theology at Bethel Seminary San Diego

  • Professional Development and Conference Participation:

    • "Christocentric versus Theocentric Theological Methods in the Secular Age: The Significance of Karl Barth for Contemporary Evangelical Higher Education;" Secularization and Revival: The Fate of Religion in Modern Intellectual History, Third Annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Waco, Texas, October 2009
    • "Currents of Justification: Calvin's Theology in, with, and under the Registers of the Geneva Consistory 1542-1544;" Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2005
    • "The Expressive-Constitutive Word: Karl Barth, Charles Taylor, and the Nature of Language;" American Academy of Religion Upper-Midwest Regional Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 2005

    Notable Publications:

    • Books:
      • The Spirit of Creation: The Covenant as the Basis of Creation (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, under contract). 
      • A Theology of the Third Article: Karl Barth and the Spirit of the Word (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014).
    • Journal Issues:
      • Perichoresis (Emanuel University and Walter de Grutyter [volume editor for forthcoming issue on pheumatology]).
    • Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
      • “The Perfection of Glory in Humility: What Karl Barth Would Have Had to Say about Redemption,” International Journal of Systematic Theology (forthcoming).
      • “Post-Darwinian Interpretations,” in Since the Beginning: Interpreting Genesis 1-2 through the Ages, edited by Kyle Greenwood (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2016).
      • “Barth, Karl,” in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, 293-298, edited by Glen G. Scorgie (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011).
      • “Knowledge of God,” in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, 562-564, edited by Glen G. Scorgie (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011).
      • “God’s Self-Specification: His Being is His Electing,” Scottish Journal of Theology 62:1 (2009): 1-25. Reprinted in Trinity and Election in Contemporary Theology, 201-228, edited by Michael Dempsey (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011).
    •  Translations:
      • Peter Opitz, "Calvin as Bible Translator from the Model of the Hebrew Psalter," in Herman J. Selderhuis, ed., Calvinus sacrorum literarum interpres: Papers of the International Congress on Calvin Research 2006 (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008)

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