Robert W. Jenson

August 2, 1930 – September 5, 2017

Our Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology co-founder Robert W. Jenson died on September 5 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. Jens was one of the greatest and most creative theologians of our time, and shaped a generation of theologians and ministers through his work in the classroom, in writing books and articles, serving as co-founder and co-editor of Pro Ecclesia, and providing leadership at the CCET and later at the Center of Theological Inquiry. Jens was beloved by friends and family. He will be dearly missed.

A funeral for Jens was held on Saturday, September 16, at Trinity Church in Princeton, New Jersey. CCET Program Director, Victor Austin, gave the homily. You may read the homily here.

Notable Remembrances of Jens

Carl E. Braaten (co-founder, CCET), First Things, “Encomium for an Evangelical Catholic”

Lutheran Forum, “A Tribute to Robert W. Jenson.”

Paul R. Hinlicky (CCET), The Christian Century“Robert Jenson and the God of the Gospel”

Victor Lee Austin (CCET), First Things, “Can These Bones Live?”

Matthew E. Burdette (CCET), The Living Church, “In Memory and Anticipation of Robert W. Jenson”

Peter J. Leithart, Patheos, “Remember Jenson”

Matthew J. Aragon Bruce, Christianity Today, “Because God Is: A Tribute to Robert W. Jenson”

Alvin F. Kimel, Jr., Eclectic Orthodoxy, “Robert W. Jenson: Reminiscences and Memories”

Brad East, Resident Theologian“Rest in Peace: Robert W. Jenson”

Scott Jones, Mockingbird“Can These Bones Live?”

Gerald McDermott, Patheos “A Tribute to Robert Jenson”

Stephen John Wright, Faith and Theology, “A Month Without Jenson”

Bruce L. McCormack, International Journal of Systematic Theology, “In Memoriam: Robert Jenson (1930-2017)” 

If you know if any other notable tributes to Jens that should be included in this list, we would like to know about them. Please contact Matthew Burdette at