Religious Studies

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

John Farina

John Farina

John Farina

Associate Professor

Religion and Society, Religion and Law, American Religious History

John Farina is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University. Prior to coming to George Mason, he was a Senior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.  There, he directed the Catholicism and Civic Renewal program, sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation. That project explored the links between Catholicism and civil society, incorporating the disciplines of theology, law, and history.

Dr. Farina specializes in the areas of religion and society, law and religion, American religious history, and the history of Western spirituality.  

Dr. Farina has practiced corporate and church-state law and published articles on current topics on law and religion.  He was a member of the Healthcare Practice Group at the firm of Ice, Miller, Indianapolis, and a clerk for the Hon Harold J. Ackerman in the 3rd Cir. He is admitted to practice law in Indiana.  He holds degrees from Vassar College (B.A.), Yale University (M.Div.), Columbia University (Ph.D.), and New York University School of Law (J.D.).  

Current Research

Dr. Farina is currently at work on The Intelligible Sphere: Religion in the Twenty-first Century, a book on religion and civil society.

Selected Publications

Dr. Farina was editor-in-chief of the critically acclaimed Paulist Press Classics of Western Spirituality (65 vols.) and general editor of the 25 volume Sources of American Spirituality series.  He edited the 12-volume Spiritual Legacy series for the Crossroad Publishing Company.  His own writing includes An American Experience of God, Hecker Studies and Romantic Religion in Ante-bellum America.  He is the editor of Beauty for Ashes: Spiritual Reflections on the Attack on America (Crossroad, 2001), the winner of the Catholic Press Association award for Best Book in Spirituality 2001 (pb, 2nd).  He is the author of Great Spiritual Masters (Paulist Press 2002), a popular presentation of classical writers for today’s readerand the editor ( with James Salmon, S.J.) of  Teilhard: Essays on the Thought of Teilhard  de Cardin (Summer 2010).