Associate Professor of ReligionDirector of the College Honors Program
My main goal in teaching Christian ethics is to help students take responsibility for their own religious commitments—and to understand those of others—in view of the real challenges facing the worlds they live in. To do this, I work to form students in three key intellectual disciplines: careful reading of the sources of their own traditions, alertness to the changing shape of the world around them, and active openness to new perspectives.
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Brian Hamilton studies and teaches in the areas of social ethics and the history of Christian political thought. He focuses particularly on issues of economic ethics, sexual ethics, and the ethics of violence. Right now, he is working on a book about the experience of moral failure. Since 2018, he has also been the director of the College Honors Program.
PhD in Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame
MTS in History of Christianity, University of Notre Dame
BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, Messiah College
“It’s in You: Structural Sin and Personal Responsibility Revisited,” Studies in Christian Ethics 34, no. 3 (2021)
“Microaggressions as Violence,” Practical Matters, no. 13 (2020).
“Poverty,” in The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology, ed. Stefan Schwarzkopf (New York: Routledge, 2020).
“Navigating Moral Struggle: Towards a Social Model of Exemplarity,” Journal of Religious Ethics 47, no. 3 (2019).
“The Politics of Poverty: A Contribution to a Franciscan Political Theology,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 35, no. 1 (2015).
“The Ground of Perfection: Michael Sattler on ‘the Body of Christ,’” in New Perspectives in Believers Church Ecclesiology (Winnipeg: Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2010).