Kevin Jung

Professor of Theological Ethics and Moral Philosophy

Kevin Jung works at the intersection of theological ethics, moral philosophy, and cognitive science. His main scholarly interest is to show the enduring relevance of theological concepts and ideas to contemporary moral life, in conversation with both religious and nonreligious forms of ethical discourse. Jung is currently working on two book projects, respectively entitled (tentatively) The Restless Self: Essays in Christian Moral Philosophy and The Greatest: Speeches to the Cultural Despisers of Religion. He is the author of Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality: An Intuitionist Account (Routledge, 2014) and Ethical Theory and Responsibility Ethics (Peter Lang, 2011). He edited Religious Ethics and Constructivism: A Metaethical Account (Routledge, 2018) and co-edited Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics (Fortress Press, 2006). His articles have appeared in academic journals including Journal of Religious Ethics, Harvard Theological Review, Studies in Christian Ethics, and Christian Bioethics.

School of Divinity faculty member Kevin Jung


BA, Seoul Theological University; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; STM, Yale Divinity School; PhD, University of Chicago

Religious Affiliation

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Courses Taught

  • History of Theological Ethics
  • Foundations of Christian Ethics
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Neuroethics
  • Artificial Intelligence: Ethical and Theological Challenges
  • Religion and Public Reason
  • Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • God and the Cosmos


  • Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality. New York: Routledge, 2014.  
  • Ethical Theory and Responsibility Ethics: A Metaethical Study of H. Richard Niebuhr and Emmanuel Levinas. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011.
  • (Editor) Constructivism and Religious Ethics: A Metaethical Inquiry. New York: Routledge, 2018.  
  • (Co-editor) Doing Justice to Mercy: Interdisciplinary Essays on Law, Religion, and Criminal Justice. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.
  • (Co-editor) Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.
  • (Co-translator) John Witte, Jr. From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage, Religion, and Law in the Western Tradition. Seoul: Christian Literature Society of Korea, 2006.
  • (Translator) Gene Outka, Agape: An Ethical Analysis. Seoul: Christian Literature Society of Korea, 1999.

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters

  • “Brain Transplant and Personal Identity,” Journal of Christian Bioethics 26, no. 1 (2020): 95-112.
  • “Normativity in Comparative Religious Ethics.” Journal of Religious Ethics 45, no. 4 (2017): 642–65. 
  • “Models of Moral Realism in Christian Ethics,” Harvard Theological Review. Vol. 108, No. 4 (2015).  
  • “Desire and Will.” In Blackwell Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics. Oxford: Blackwell (forthcoming). 
  • “Constructivism and Theism,” In Constructivism and Religious Ethics. Ed. Kevin Jung. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • “Volitional Necessity and Practical Identity.” In Responsibility and the Enhancement of Life. Heike Springhart and Guenter Thomas (Ed.) Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2017.

Select Academic Lectures

  • “The Art of Conning Oneself,” Society of Christian Ethics, January 2019
  • “Brain Transplant and Personal Identity,” Uppsala University, Sweden, May 2018
  • “Radical Evil and Self-Deception,” Societas Ethica, August 2017.
  • “Normativity in Comparative Religious Ethics,” American Academy of Religion, 2015.
  • “The Orpheus Effect: An Account of Free Will,” Davidson College, April 16, 2015.

Select Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2016 (Project Leader) “Science at the Forefront of Theological Education,” Science for Seminaries Grant, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and funded by the John Templeton Foundation. 
  • 2008-2009 Lilly Theological Scholars Grant, Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
  • 2004-2005 Spruill Fellowship, Emory University School of Law.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Christian Ethics (SCE)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)



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