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Denis R. Janz, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Denis R. Janz, Ph.D.
Denis R. Janz, Ph.D.

Prof. Denis R. Janz received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1979. Since coming to Loyola in that year, he has served terms as Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies.

He is author of Luther and Late Medieval Thomism (1983), Luther on Thomas Aquinas (1989), and World Christianity and Marxism (1998); he is editor of Three Reformation Catechisms (1982), and A Reformation Reader (revised edition, 2008). He is also General Editor of Fortress Press's prize-winning seven-volume People's History of Christianity (2005-2008). At the presitigious journal "Religious Studies Review", he served for many years as the editor of the History of Christianity section.

His research and lecturing have taken him to Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania, the former U.S.S.R., China, and so forth. Dr. Janz' created and teaches the First Year Seminar entitled "The Pity of War." He was the Chair of the New Orleans Committee for Bosnian Relief. 

Recently, he was appointed scholar-in-residence by the Tantur Institute for Ecumenical Studies in Jerusalem, Israel and traveled to the institute in the summer of 2011 to study the religious roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Recent Publications

  • “Whore or Handmaid? Luther and Aquinas on the Function of Reason in Theology,” in The Devil’s Whore: Reason and Philosophy in the Lutheran Tradition, ed. Jennifer H. Dragseth, (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011), pp. 47-52.
  • “To Hell (and Back) With Luther: The Dialectic of Anfechtung and Faith,” in Seminary Ridge Review, 13 (2011), 41-55.
  • “Eine neue Agenda für Kirchengeschichte,” in Religion als Lebensmacht: Eine Festgabe für Gottfriend Küenzlen, eds. Jochen Bohn and Thomas Bohrmann, (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2010), pp. 21-34.
  • Author, The Westminster Handbook to Martin Luther. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).


Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1979; M.A., University of St. Michael's College, 1974; B.A., University of Winnipeg, 1971