About Me

Dr. Justin Bailey

Dr. Justin Bailey
Assistant Professor of Theology

Phone: (712) 722-6058
Email: Justin.Bailey@dordt.edu


  • Ph.D. Fuller Seminary
  • Th.M. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A. Moody Bible Institute


I work at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, my work as a professor explores the ways that culture shapes the practice of Christian faith, as well as the ways that the Christian imagination shapes believers to participate in culture. My research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, exploring the formational spaces where they overlap. As a theology professor at Dordt, I resonate deeply with Dordt’s task and calling to provide an academically rigorous and culturally engaged education, shaped deeply by the Reformed theological vision.


Cultural hermeneutics, Imaginative apologetics, Protestant aesthetics, Technology and Media, Faith and Doubt


  • “The Theodramatic Imagination” International Journal of Public Theology. Forthcoming.
  • “In Search of Stronger Spells.” Inheritance Magazine, Volume 53. Los Angeles, CA, 2017.
  • “The Shock of Revelatory Perception: Marilynne Robinson as Imaginative Apologist.” Brehm Culture Care Conference. Pasadena, California. February 8, 2017. 
  • “The Body in Cyberspace: Lanier, Merleau-Ponty, and the Norms of Embodiment.” Christian Scholars Review 45, no. 3 (2016): 211-228. (Awarded the Charles J. Miller award for most outstanding article in volume 45)
  • “Poetic Participation: Owen Barfield, Poetic Diction, and the Rediscovery Of Meaning.” Arts + The Inklings: 2016 Verge Conference at Trinity Western University. Langley, British Columbia. September 28-30, 2016.
  • “Revelation Lite? Reimagining General Revelation for Inter-religious Dialogue.” Another Religion? Neo-Calvinism and Islam. Fourth European Neo-Calvinism Conference. Kampen, Netherlands. August 25-26, 2016.
  • “Braving the New World (Wide Web): Mapping Theological Approaches to Media.” God and Nature. American Scientific Affiliation, Fall 2015.


  • CORE 100 Kingdom, Identity, and Calling
  • CORE 150 Biblical Foundations
  • THEO 111 Spiritual Formation
  • THEO 254 Teaching the Bible
  • THEO 351 Gospel, Church, and Culture 
  • THEO 352 Leadership and Discipleship 
  • PHIL 206 Aesthetics: Beauty, Imagination and the Arts