Hak Joon Lee

Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian EthicsSchool of Theology

Contact Information
626-584-5246
Education
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary (summa cum laude)

Biographical Information

Hak Joon Lee was named Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics in September 2015, having served on the Fuller faculty since 2011 as professor of theology and ethics. He also has 17 years of previous teaching experience at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Drew University, and New York Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Lee’s current research focuses on covenant, public theology, global ethics, and Asian American theology and ethics. He has also centered much of his attention on the ethics and spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr., and has been invited to be the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations in several cities. Lee's The Great World House was the featured subject for a panel discussion at the 2014 AAR Annual Meeting, as well as the basis of a series of conversations at the 2015 international Whitehead Conference in Claremont, CA.

Lee has published several books, including four in English: Covenant and Communication: A Christian Moral Conversation with Jürgen Habermas (University Press of America, 2006); We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Communal-Political Spirituality (Pilgrim Press, 2006); The Great World House: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Global Ethics (Pilgrim Press, 2011); and Shaping Public Theology: Selections from the Writings of Max L. Stackhouse (coedited, Eerdmans, 2014). Lee recently contributed a chapter on “Public Theology” to The Cambridge Companion to Political Theology (2015). Additionally, he serves as chief editor for an academic series entitled Navigating a Moral Labyrinth: Current Studies in Christian Ethics (published by Peter Lang) and coeditor of the Micah 2 project (funded by Fuller’s Ogilvie Institute for Preaching), an ethics curriculum for pastors in several countries.

Lee has also written numerous articles and two books in Korean: Bridge Builders (Doorae Media, 2007) and the award-winning A Paradigm Shift in Korean Churches (Holy WavePlus Press, 2011). Additionally, in 2007, Lee founded G2G Christian Education Center, a research institute on Asian American Christianity and culture. Through the Center, he has published several contextually grounded curricula for Korean North American youth and their parents.

Courses Taught

  • ET501: Christian Ethics
  • ET528: Creation Care and Sabbath Economics
  • ET543: The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • ET844/544: Covenant and Christian Ethics
  • ET846/546: God and Globalization
  • ET859/559: Methods in Christian Ethics

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Christian ethics, Martin Luther King Jr., public theology, Reformed theological ethics, globalization, Asian American theology and ethics, Trinity, and covenant

Publications

Books (in English)

  • Searching for a Creative Space: Race, Identity, and Culture in the Spiritual Life of Young Asian Americans (edited, Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers, forthcoming in 2017).
  • Shaping Public Theology: The Max L. Stackhouse Reader (edited with Drs. Scott Paeth and E. Hal Breitenberg). Eerdmans, 2014.
  • Living Between: A Christian Curriculum for Korean North American Youth (edited with Drs. Kevin Park and Kil Jae Park). G2G Christian Education Center, 2014.
  • Living Between: A Christian Curriculum for Korean North American Youth—Teacher’s Manual (edited with Drs. Kevin Park and Kil Jae Park). New York: G2G Christian Education Center, 2014.
  • Living Together: A Christian Curriculum for Korean North American Youth (edited with Kevin Park and Kil Jae Park). G2G Christian Education Center, 2015.
  • Living Together: A Christian Curriculum for Korean North American Youth—Teacher’s Manua (edited with Kevin Park and Kil Jae Park). G2G Christian Education Center, 2015.
  • The Great World House: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Global Ethics. Pilgrim Press, 2011.
  • iDentity: A Curriculum for Korean American Christian Youth (with Drs. Kevin Park and Kil Jae Park). New York: G2G Christian Education Center, 2011.
  • iDentity: A Curriculum for Korean American Christian Youth—Teacher’s Manual (with Drs. Kevin Park and Kil Jae Park). New York: G2G Christian Education Center, 2011.
  • We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Communal-Political Spirituality. Pilgrim Press, 2006.
  • Covenant and Communication: A Christian Moral Conversation with Jürgen Habermas. University Press of America, 2006.

Books (in Korean)

  • Stepping Stone: A Curriculum for Korean North American Parents of the 10th Graders. New York: G2G Christian Education Center, 2014.
  • A Paradigm Shift in Korean Protestant Churches: A Road Map for Change and Renewal. Seoul: Holy WavePlus Press, 2011. (Selected one of the most outstanding books of the year 2011 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of South Korea).
  • Bridge Builders: Beyond Cultural Differences. Seoul: Doorae Media, 2007.

Articles and Essays (in English)

  • “Public Theology,” in The Cambridge Companion to Political Theology, edited by Craig and Timothy Jackson, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • “Immigration,” in Asian American Christian Ethics, edited by Grace Kao and Il Sup Ahn. Baylor University Press, Sept 2015.
  • “Our God is Marching On: Fifty Years after Selma,” Patheos, March 4, 2015. http://www.patheos.com/Topics/March-from-Selma/Our-God-Is-Marching-On-Hak-Joon-Lee-030415.html.
  • “Introduction,” Living Between Teacher’s Manual, New York: G2G Christian Education Center, 2014.
  • “King’s Vision is a Guide,” Albany Times Union, January 2014. http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/King-s-vision-is-a-guide-5153797.php.
  • “The Lasting Significance of Max Stackhouse,” in The Max L. Stackhouse Reader, edited by Hak Joon Lee, Scott Paeth, E. Hal Breitenberg, pp. 305-316. Eerdmans, 2014.
  • “Kingdom and Kenosis: The Mind of Christ in Paul’s Ethics,” Theology, News & Notes (Fall 2013), Fuller Theological Seminary, 12-15.
  • “Reimagining Globalization,” Perspectives 27:5 (May 2012): 8-13.
  • “Dreaming Together for a Global Covenant: The Public Theology of the Occupy Wall Street Movement,” The Semi (Feb. 27 – March 18, 2012): 10-13.
  • “Christmas, God’s OWS (Occupying the World with Shalom), The Alum News, Fuller Theological Seminary, December 2011.
  • “Response to Grace Kao, “Prospects for Developing Asian American Christian Ethics” and Jonathan Tran, “Response,” Society of Asian North American Christian Studies 3 (Summer 2011): 111-114.
  • “Introduction,” iDentity: A Curriculum for Korean American Christian Youth—Teacher’s Manual, G2G Christian Education Center, NY, 2011.
  • “The Political Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Formation, Praxis, and Contribution,” The Journal of Religious Thought, Triple Year Issue, 60:2; 61:1-2; 62:1-2; 63:1-2 (2008–2010): 177–94.
  • “Covenant and Sphere Sovereignty: A Reconstruction of Abraham Kuyper’s Theory of Social Pluralism,” in Public Theology in a Global Society, edited by Scott Paeth and Deiredre Hainse (Grand Rapids: William. B. Eerdmans, 2010), 87-102.
  • “The Great World House: Hans Küng and Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Theory and Praxis of Global Ethics,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 29/2 (Fall/Winter 2009): 97-119.
  • “Sacral Authority and Pastoral Ministry,” in Unity, Diversity, Otherness: Towards an Ecumenical Ecclesiology in a Fragmented World (New York, London: T & T Clark. 2009), 205-222.
  • “To Save the Soul of America: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Renewal of America,” Perspectives 23/3 (March 2008): 5-9.
  • “When Community Disappears: A Survival Lesson from the Virginia Tech Tragedy,” The Progressive Christian, July/August 2007, 6-9.
  • “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” Perspectives (June/July 2007): 3-4.
  • “Trinitarian or Theocratic?” Insights, Austin Theological Seminary 122:2 (Spring 2007): 21-23.
  • “Martin Luther King, Jr., and The U.S. War on Terror,” Perspectives 22/1 (January 2007): 13-19.
  • On Being Reformed: Interview with Dr. Max L. Stackhouse. Perspectives 20/5 (October 2005): 23-24.
  • “The Heart’s Bent,” Perspectives 20/5 (May 2005): 23-24.
  • “Reinhold Niebuhr and the U.S. War on Terrorism: A Response to Dr. Langdon Gilkey,” The Journal of Political Theology 5/3, (2004): 503-507.
  • “Globalization and Religious Terrorism,” Alum Alert (February 2002), New Brunswick Theological Seminary, p. 1.
  • “From Ontology to Plausibility”: A Critical Realist Reconstruction of Paul Tillich’s Theology of Religions,” The North American Paul Tillich Society Newsletter 26/3 (Summer 2000): 27-41.
  • “Models of Polity and the Reinvention of Covenant in a Postmodern Society,” The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 20 (2000): 119-131.
  • “The Bearers of Rights vs. the Bearers of Covenant,” Update (Spring/Summer 2000), New Brunswick Theological Seminary: 3.
  • “You Think the Year 2000 Will Change Your Life? Keep Waiting,” Hanbeat (http://www.hanbeat.com), January 2000.

Articles and Essays (in Korean)

  • “Reimagining Discipleship: A Trinitarian Perspective,” Ministry and Theology (June 2013): 38-43.
  • “Thinking the Next Generation,” American Holy 8 (Spring 2013): 18-20.
  • “Missional Church and Public Spirituality in a Korean Context,” Ministry and Theology (March 2013): 68-74.
  • Rev. Dong Chul Kim: Martyr and Man of the Covenant, Protestant Abbey Mission (September 2012), 25-27.
  • “New Spiritual DNAs for Korean Protestant Churches,” Synopsis of A Paradigm Shift in Korean Protestant Churches, Chapter 5. “http://www.newsnjoy.us/news/articleView.html?idxno=2523.
  • “Not Church Workers, but Kingdom Disciples,” Synopsis of A Paradigm Shift in Korean Protestant Churches, Chapter 4. “http://www.newsnjoy.us/news/articleView.html?idxno=2523.
  • “Public Spirituality of Horace G. Underwood and Puritans,” Synopsis of A Paradigm Shift in Korean Protestant Churches, Chapter 3. “http://www.newsnjoy.us/news/articleView.html?idxno=2523.
  • “How to Recover Public Spirituality,” Synopsis of A Paradigm Shift in Korean Protestant Churches, Chapter 2. “http://www.newsnjoy.us/news/articleView.html?idxno=2523
  • “Seven Cardinal Factors that Undermine Public Spirituality,” Synopsis of A Paradigm Shift in Korean Protestant Churches, Chapter 1. “http://www.newsnjoy.us/news/articleView.html?idxno=2523.
  • “Not Mending, but Transformation,” Synopsis of A Paradigm Shift in Korean Protestant Churches, Introduction. “http://www.newsnjoy.us/news/articleView.html?idxno=2523.
  • “Toward Korean American Christian Ethics,” The Journal of Immigrant Theology, June 2009, 83-102.
  • “From Moses’ Generation to Joshua’s Generation: The Meaning of the Presidency of Barack Obama for the Korean American Church and Community,” The Korea Times, New York, April 12, 2009, A10.
  • “Lessons to Learn from the Virginia Tech Tragedy,” The New York Ilbo, April 24, 2007, A9.
  • “What To Do To Prevent Another Virginia Tech Tragedy?” The Korea Times, New York, April 24, 2007, A11.
  • “Christian Ethics in the Korean Immigrant Society,” Yedamwon 13 (May 2003): 98-111.
  • “The Changing Values of Family,” Newsletter, Agape Christian Healing Center, New York, October 2003, pp. 3-6.
  • “The Church and Human Communities,” Light and Love 118 (August 1998): 41-42.
  • “Christian Worship in Postmodern Society,” Light and Love 118 (July 1998): 40-41.
  • “Reason and Grace,” Light and Love 118 (June 1998): 38-40.
  • “Regeneration and Sanctification,” Light and Love 118 (May 1998): 42-43.
  • “Sin, Law, and Forgiveness,” Light and Love 118 (April 1998): 35-37.
  • “The Meaning of Revelation,” Light and Love 118 (March 1998): 38-39.
  • “Racial Conflicts in a Pluralistic Society: A Critical Study of Political Ethics of Reinhold Niebuhr and James Cone from a Korean-American Perspective,” The Presbyterian Journal 1 (June 1994): 8-10.

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