Dr Varughese John

Dean of Students; Head of the Department of Theology and History

Dr Varughese John has served on SAIACS’s faculty since 2011 and is now the Dean of Students and Head of the Department of Theology and History. During his PhD, he was a Junior Research Fellow of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. Before joining SAIACS, he was a post-doctoral Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellow at the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, Minnesota. Later, as the Langham International Post-Doctoral Fellow, he spent a year at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

In addition to his book, Truth and Subjectivity, Faith and History: Kierkegaard’s Insights for Christian Faith (Pickwick, 2012), he has authored several edited volumes as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals including entries in T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Christian Theology, Modern Reformation, Journal of Asian Evangelical Theology, South Asia Bible Commentary, Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity, and others.

He is married to Mary, who is a psychotherapist, and they have three children. Varughese loves playing table tennis, volleyball, and other sports.

Areas of Focus:

  • • Kierkegaard Studies
  • • Christian Apologetics
  • • Pneumatology
  • • Cultural Exegesis



PhD in Kierkegaard Studies, Madras Christian College, University of Madras

MA in Philosophy, Bangalore University

Bachelor of Divinity, Union Biblical Seminary

Bachelor of Science, St. Joseph’s Arts and Science College, Bangalore