Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander


Christ at the Checkpoint


Christ at the Checkpoint
Theology in the Service of Justice and Peace

Edited by Paul Alexander

What does the evangelical church in Palestine think about the land, the end times, the Holocaust, peace in the Middle East, loving enemies, Christian Zionism, the state of Israel, and the possibilities of a Palestinian state?


Paul Alexander (Ph.D, Baylor University) is professor of theology, social ethics, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University and the co-president-elect for Evangelicals for Social Action.

He co-founded Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice (PCPJ) ( and authored the award-winning book, Peace to War: Shifting Allegiances in the Assemblies of God.  His other books include Signs and Wonders (foreword by Martin Marty), Trajectories in the Books of Acts, Christ at the Checkpoint: Theology in the Service of Justice and Peace, and Pentecostals & Nonviolence: Reclaiming a Heritage (foreword by Stanley Hauerwas).

Paul is a Fellow in the Christian Leadership Initiative in the Shalom Hartman Institute/American Jewish Committee in Jerusalem. He recently received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to research Christians engaged in high-risk social action in Palestine, Israel, Colombia, Guatemala, and various U.S. cities. He is currently producing a documentary and writing a book about Palestinian Christians and the Israeli/Palestinian situation, and also writing a social ethics book focusing on nonviolence, White supremacy and constructions of race/ethnicity, genders and sexualities, and environmentalism/vegetarianism.

Paul has delivered keynote addresses related to human rights, peacemaking, and justice in The Hague, Netherlands; Pune, India; and Bethlehem, Palestine, as well as throughout the U.S. He edits the Pentecostals, Peacemaking, and Social Justice book series (Wipf & Stock Publishers), Pax Pneuma: The Journal of PCPJ, and is on the editorial board of PRISM magazine.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonviolence
  • Peacemaking
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Liberation theologies
  • Global pentecostalisms
  • Genders and sexualities
  • Palestine & Israel

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