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Ben R. Crenshaw

Ph.D. Candidate

Portland, Maine

Curriculum Vitae


B.A. Taylor University, History, 2011

M.A. Denver Seminary, Biblical Studies, 2017

M.A. Denver Seminary, Christian Apologetics & Ethics, 2018

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2021

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“Hillsdale is an ideal place to study because it understands that education is primarily about the formation of the soul, which requires gaining the knowledge and practical wisdom essential for achieving human excellence in every area of life.”


Ben R. Crenshaw was born in Dallas, but grew up in Georgia and Maine. He graduated summa cum laude from Taylor University, and then completed theological studies at Denver Seminary. He is an avid New England sports fan, but also enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and other outdoor activities. He spends his free time building his library, making craft coffee, writing, and fellowshipping with family and friends. When not studying politics, he enjoys translating the New Testament and learning about Greek linguistics, philosophy, and Christian ethics. He is happily married.

Selected Articles and Publications

Winston S. Churchill and the Theologico-Political Problem.” Churchill Annual. Hillsdale College, Autumn 2021.

Blomberg, Craig L., and Ben R. Crenshaw. “Worship: A Concept Study in New Testament Greek.” In Biblical Worship: Theology for God’s Glory, 332-49. Edited by Benjamin K. Forrest, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., and Vernon M. Whaley. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2021.

Blomberg, Craig L., and Ben R. Crenshaw. “Discipleship in James.” In Following Jesus Christ: The New Testament Message of Discipleship for Today, 233-49. Edited by Clinton Arnold and John Goodrich, for the Michael Wilkins Festschrift. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2019.

"Here's Why You Shouldn't Decolonize Your Bookshelf." The Federalist. June 16, 2020.

"The Misery of Democratic Socialism." The Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute. July 28, 2019.

"'Shut Up, Bigot!’: The Intolerance of Tolerance.” The Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute. August 12, 2015.

Research Interests

Liberalism and the American Founding

Natural Law and Natural Rights

Religion and Politics

Political Theology and American Civil Religion

Abraham Lincoln

Karl Marx

Awards & Honors

High Pass, PhD Qualifying Exams, Fall 2020

Honors, PhD Comprehensive Exams, Fall 2022


Classical Latin
Koiné Greek
Biblical Hebrew
Modern Italian