Dr. Bradley B. Burroughs

Assistant Professor of Ethics

B.A., Allegheny College
M.Div., Duke Divnity School 
Ph.D., Emory University
Curriculum Vitae

A native of western New York, Bradley Burroughs has experience teaching ethics, theology, and writing, and has also served as a United Methodist pastor. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a B.A. from Allegheny College. His major academic interests are in contemporary Christian ethics, modern social theory, and contemporary theories of virtue.

Mission Statement

Education generally—and theological education especially—should be both informative and transformative. In accord with that conviction, my classes aim both to enhance students’ understanding of the ethical theories that shape our world and to cultivate their moral agency in ways that encourage them to participate positively in the lives of their communities. The ultimate goal of my teaching is that students will come to see the connections between the material we are studying in class and the embodied lives of their communities and that they will go forth equipped to contribute to making those communities more peaceful, just, and loving.

Selected Publications

“Reconceiving Politics: Soulcraft, Statecraft, and the City of God,” Journal of the Society of Christians Ethics 33.1 (Spring/Summer 2013).

“Keeping the Faith After the Election of Hope,” United Methodist Reporter, January 28, 2010 (article also at http://www.umportal.org/main/article.asp?id=6351)

Courses Taught

Introduction to Christian Ethics
Public Ministry
Christianity and Political Ethics

Speaker's Bureau Topics

Christianity and Politics
War in Christian Thought
Theology and Economics
Liberation Theology
Social Justice
Sexual Ethics
The Ethics of Abortion
The Ethics of Immigration
The Problem of Evil
The Thought of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Life and Writings of Augustine of Hippo

Some Less Obvious Things About Me

I enjoy hiking.
I am a huge fan of Duke basketball.
I have a brown belt in Shotokan karate.


I am currently reading Willie Jennings’s The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race and Ted Smith’s The New Measures: A Theological History of Democratic Practice. Together they depict both the positive and negative ways in which Christianity has shaped contemporary culture. My favorite work of fiction is Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, although I am also a big fan of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

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