Timothy P. Jackson

Professor of Christian Ethics
Timothy P. Jackson
Phone: 404.727.0818
    • PhD, Yale University, 1984
    • MPhil, Yale University, 1980
    • MA, Yale University, 1978
    • BA, Princeton University, 1976

    Along with his position at Candler, Dr. Timothy P. Jackson is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Ethics and associate of the Center of Mind, Brain and Culture at Emory. Jackson joined the Candler faculty in 1995, and previously held teaching posts at Rhodes College, Yale University, Stanford University and the University of Notre Dame. He was a visiting fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry, the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton and the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard.

    In his research, Jackson focuses on moral philosophy and theology, particularly the relationship between secular and Christian conceptions of truth, goodness, justice, freedom and mercy. He has written five books, and contributed to dozens more. He is currently working on a collection of essays on evolution and Christian ethics.  

    Jackson’s work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lilly Foundation, the Metanexus Institute and Emory’s University Research Committee. He is a former board member of the Society for Christian Ethics, and served on the advisory board of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love at Stony Brook University.


    Selected Publications

    • Faculty Publication
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    "Theology and Law Divorced and Reconciled: Aquinas, Luther, Rawls, and Us," in The Journal of Law and ReligionCambridge University Press2017

    "Liberal Integrity: Lenn Goodman's Case for Democratic Virtue," in Political Theology, vol. 16, issue 6 Maney2015

    "Agape and Virtue Ethics," in The Routledge Companion to Virtue EthicsRoutledge2015

    Political Agape: Prophetic Christianity and Liberal Democracy Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing2015

    "The Relevance of God: A Reply to Ronald Dworkin," in The Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 29, issue 3 Cambridge University Press and Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion2014

    "The Prophetic Mr. Cohen," in Leonard Cohen and PhilosophyOpen Court2014

    "Not by 'Reason' Alone, or Even First: The Priority of Sanctity over Dignity," in Challenges to Moral and Religious BeliefOxford University Press2014

    Editor and contributor, The Best Love of the Child: Being Loved and Being Taught to Love as the First Human Right Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing2011

    Editor and contributor, The Morality of Adoption: Social-Psychological, Theological, and Legal Perspectives Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing2005

    The Priority of Love: Christian Charity and Social Justice Princeton University Press2003

    Selected Awards

    Candler Grant to develop a new course on "Religion, Science, and Morality," Candler School of Theology

    Grant to work on Political Agape: Prophetic Christianity and Liberal Democracy, Emory University Research Council

    Visiting Research Associate, Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED), Harvard University

    Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard University

    Invited to serve on The Commission on Parenthood's Future

    Appointed to Advisory Board of Institute for Research on Unlimited Love

    Grant to work on the book The Morality of Adoption, Metanexus Institute

    Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion (CSR), Princeton University

    Lilly Grant to work on the book Souls and Selves

    Candler Teaching and Research Fund Grant for work on biomedical ethics

    "Abraham Lincoln and Political Agape: Lessons for Our Own Context" - Faith & Politics in the 21st Century Lecture Series, Candler School of Theology, October 5, 2016

    "Q&A With the Experts" - Emory School of Law, August 2, 2012

    Discussion of The Best Love of the Child, Emory School of Law, November 16, 2011

    Selected Courses

    Biomedical Ethics

    Christianity and the Holocaust

    Health Care Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    Kierkegaard as Religious Ethicist

    Morality of Peace and War

    Religion, Science, and Morality

    Christian Ethics