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 the contemporary world. 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 the Journal of Religious Ethics, Harvard Theological Review, Studies in Christian Ethics, and Christian Bioethics.
Office: Divinity and Religious Studies Building 218
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BA, Seoul Theological University; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary;
STM, Yale Divinity School; PhD, University of Chicago
Presbyterian Church (USA)
- History of Theological Ethics
- Foundations of Christian Ethics
- The Problem of Evil
- 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
- “Eudaimonism and the Ground of Normative Reasons,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 50 (2022): 84-102.
- “Weakness of Will and Practical Identity.” Studies in Christian Ethics, 33, no. 4 (2020): 463–478.
- “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, 108, no. 4 (2015), 485-507.
- “Desire and Will.” In Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics, edited by William Schweiker, Maria Antonaccio, Elizabeth Bucar, and David A. Clairmont. Vol. 1. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, June 7, 2022.
- “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 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.
- Society of Christian Ethics (SCE)