Jordan J. Ballor directs the research agenda of the CRCD, which includes oversight of research publications as well as pursuit of his own scholarship, popular speaking, and writing. He has previously held research positions at the Acton Institute and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and has doctorates in Reformation history from the University of Zurich and in moral theology from Calvin Theological Seminary.
Ballor’s scholarly interests include Reformation studies, church-state relations, theological anthropology, social ethics, theology and political economy, and research methodology. His work at the CRCD manifests his passion for combining a robust theological understanding of social life with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the development of civil society.
Ballor has published extensively over the course of his career. He has authored multiple books, including a forthcoming introduction to the public theology of Abraham Kuyper. Working with Lexham Press, he served as a general editor for the 12 volume Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology series. Ballor’s research articles can be found in such publications as Journal of Markets & Morality, Journal of Religion, Scottish Journal of Theology, Reformation & Renaissance Review, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Faith & Economics, and Calvin Theological Journal.
In addition to his work at the CRCD, Ballor also directs the Kuyper Conference and is associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.
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