Campus in the evening

John Allan Knight, J.D., Ph.D.

Sprigg Visiting Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics

John Allan Knight, J.D., Ph.D. is the Sprigg Visiting Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics and Director of Faculty Research at Virginia Theological Seminary.

John Allan Knight, Ph.D. holds degrees from Southern Nazarene University and George Washington University Law School. After law school, he worked for several years as an associate attorney for a large firm in Washington, DC before accepting a position at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he argued and won a number of commodities fraud cases in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. He then studied at the University of Chicago, earning both an M.Div. and a Ph.D., writing his dissertation under the direction of David Tracy.

Knight previously taught at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where, until December 31, 2021, he was Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Coordinator of the Academic Lecture Series, and chair of the Marcellin Board for Catholic Studies.

He is the co-editor of The Craft of Innovative Theology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2022) and the author of Liberalism vs. Postliberalism: The Great Divide in Twentieth-Century Theology (Oxford, 2012) and a number of articles in both scholarly and popular publications. He is currently working on a book on religious freedom and the nature of religious claims. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife Melody Knowles and two children, Ella and Johnny.