Timothy P. Jackson

Timothy P. Jackson

Senior Research Fellow; Bishop Mack B. and Rose Stokes Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics


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 Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion, a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics, and teaches in the Graduate Division of Religion. 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 three books, edited two, and contributed to many more.

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.


Mordecai Would Not Bow Down: Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Christian SupersessionismOxford University Press, 2021

Political Agape: Prophetic Christianity and Liberal Democracy.  Eerdmans, 2015

Editor and contributor, The Best Love of the Child: Being Loved and Being Taught to Love as the First Human Right. Eerdmans, 2011

Editor and contributor, The Morality of Adoption: Social-Psychological, Theological, and Legal Perspectives. Eerdmans, 2005

The Priority of Love: Christian Charity and Social Justice. Princeton University Press, 2002

Love Disconsoled: Meditations on Christian Charity, Cambridge University Press, 1999


“Waiting in The Wings of the Dove: A Reply to Harold Bloom and an Impatient Age,” in The Henry James Review, Vol. 43, No. 3, November 2022

“Law, Natural and Unnatural: Reflections After Reading Kaveny’s Ethics at the Edges of Law,” Syndicate Symposium, May 14, 2019

“Not Far from the Kingdom: Martha Nussbaum on Anger and Forgiveness,” The Journal of Religious Ethics, vol. 46, no. 4, Wiley Publishers, December 01, 2018

“Election, Selection and Distinction,” in Spirit and Capital in an Age of Inequality. Routledge, 2017

“Javert and Jihad: Why Law Cannot Survive Without Love, and Vice Versa,” in Agape, Justice, and Law. Cambridge University Press, 2017

“Sanctity and Suffering: The Beatitude Paradox and the Sermon on the Mount,” in Church, Society, and the Christian Common Good. Cascade, 2017

“Theology and Law Divorced and Reconciled: Aquinas, Luther, Rawls, and Us.” The Journal of Law and Religion, Cambridge University Press, March 13, 2017

“Liberal Integrity: Lenn Goodman’s Case for Democratic Virtue.” Political Theology, vol. 16, issue 6, Taylor & Francis, November 26, 2015

“Agape and Virtue Ethics,” in The Routledge Companion to Virtue EthicsRoutledge, 2015

“The Relevance of God: A Reply to Ronald Dworkin.” The Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 29, issue 3, Cambridge University Press, October 08, 2014

“The Prophetic Mr. Cohen.” Leonard Cohen and Philosophy, Open Court, October 07, 2014

Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Professional School Education, Emory Residence Hall Association, 2020

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

Biomedical Ethics

Christianity and the Holocaust

Kierkegaard as Religious Ethicist

Love and Justice

Morality of Peace and War

Religion, Science, and Morality

Christian Ethics

In the media

October 5, 2016

Faith & Politics in the 21st Century: Abraham Lincoln and Political Agape: Lessons for Our Own Context

August 2, 2012

Q&A with the Experts: Timothy Jackson

November 16, 2011

Video: The Best Love of the Child

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