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Valliere, Paul

Professor - Religion
Philosophy & Religion


Jordan Hall - 202B


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

Modern Russian theology and Russian religious philosophy.

History of Christianity, with focus on church councils and ecclesiastical decision-making.

Russian, Ukrainian and Baltic civilization.

Modern religious thought.


Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

Conciliarism: A History of Decision-Making in the Church.  Cambridge University Press, 2012. 289 pp.

Modern Russian Theology: Bukharev, Soloviev, Bulgakov. Orthodox Theology in a New Key.  Edinburgh: T&T Clark; Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000. 443 pp.

Change and Tradition in Russian Civilization. Westland, Michigan: Hayden-McNeill Publishing, Inc., 1994; rev. ed., 1995. 138 pp.

Holy War and Pentecostal Peace. New York: The Seabury Press, 1983. 162 pp.

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list of publications.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

RELIGION COURSES: TI 250: Religions of the World.  RL 304: Book of Psalms.  RL347: History of Christianity.  RL 372: Mysticism.  RL 391-392: Seminar on Religion and World Civilization.

HONORS COURSES: HN 110-111: Faith, Doubt and Reason (Honors First Year Seminar).  HN 200: Hugo's Les Miserables and Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago (In-depth Honors Seminars). 


CENTER FOR FAITH AND VOCATION: faculty coordinator, chair of supervisory committee.

Personal Hobbies

Foreign languages. 

Attending ballet, theater and musical events. 

Church activities. 

Birding and hiking.



B.A. (English), Williams College, 1965.

M.A., Ph.D. (Religion), Columbia University, 1968, 1974.


Association Memberships (professional/educational)

American Academy of Religion.

Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

American Society of Church History.

Professional Experience

Columbia University,  Department of Religion, Instructor and Assistant Professor, 1971-1982.

Dean of University College, Butler University, 1982-1987.

Associate Professor and Professor of Religion, Butler University, 1982-present (McGregor Professor in the Humanities since 1993).