Dr. John S. Lown

College of Letters and Sciences
Social Sciences

Contact Details

College of Letters and Sciences
(858) 642-8397

Dr. Lown graduated from Cambridge University with a BA and MA in Classics and Philosophy/Theology, where he also represented the University on the Men’s Field Hockey team. He went on to complete a Th.M at Nazarene Theological Seminary before earning his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Biblical Studies and Philosophy, and also specializing in Classical Studies. He completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Montana in Linguistics and Academic Publishing. A member of the NU faculty since 1978 Dr. Lown has taught subjects ranging from History from ancient to modern periods, Philosophy and Ethics, Comparative Religions, and Cultural Diversity. For several years he taught the capstone course, Nature of Humankind, in the Master’s in Education program and teaches regularly in the current MA in History program.

Administratively Dr. Lown was Director of Broadcasting and Chair of the Speech Department at Trevecca University from 1967 to 1971. Director of the Summer Internships program at Point Loma University from 1976 to 1986, Director of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at Point Loma University from 1977 to 1986, and Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Dept. there from 1982 to 1983. He was Lead in the Philosophy Dept. at NU from 2007 to 2009 and Chair of the Foreign Languages Dept. at Francis Parker School from 2010 to 2012. He completed a Certificate in Informational Technology from UCSD in 2001, an AP Seminar and post-doctoral work at Manhattan College, N.Y. in 2001. He also completed a Language Technology workshop at Swarthmore College in 2003. He was the founder of the Virtual Language Laboratory at Francis Parker School, begun in 2006. He was also a founding member of the Jesus Seminar in 1985, and continues that association to the present time. He was also a member of the team responsible for implementing online degree programs in Arabic and Persian Studies at NU in 2006 and 2007. Currently he is developing in cooperation with Bolchazy-Carducci publishers, and at their request, four online courses in Latin (levels 1-4) and a unique combination course of Greek and Latin for legal and medical personnel – programs ultimately to be used both at NUVHS and in COLS at NU.

Dr. Lown has written numerous articles for various Dictionaries of Theology and Religion, and several articles for the Journal, “Forum”. He was a major contributor as a member of the Jesus Seminar to The Five Gospels (1993 – Macmillan) and The Acts of Jesus (1998 – Harper). He continues to be a frequent lecturer in Ethics, Theology, Comparative Religions and Literature at various adult education venues. His current interests include a passion for music – vocal and instrumental, and its significance in Western culture, a concern for interdisciplinary studies and the effective teaching thereof, the extension of a lifelong interest in languages and ever new modes of successfully teaching them, and a perennial desire to connect the academic world with the working world.