Kevin Jung

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Jung’s work lies in areas that intersect with religious ethics and moral philosophy. He is primarily interested in questions about the nature of moral knowledge, moral values, moral motivation, reasons for action, and self-knowledge, as they often arise in contemporary ethical debates involving biotechnology, neuroscience, politics, and religion. He is currently working on a book project entitled The Restless Self which focuses on commonly held assumptions about human nature and the ways in which they hinder the growth of self-knowledge and impoverish the moral life. Jung is the author of Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality: An Intuitionist Account (Routledge, 2014) and Ethical Theory and Responsibility Ethics (Peter Lang, 2011), and is the editor of Religious Ethics and Constructivism: A Metaethical Inquiry (Routledge, 2018) and the coeditor of 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 also appeared in major academic journals.

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
  • Classics of Modern Theological Ethics
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Neuroethics
  • Religion and Public Reason
  • Contemporary Ethical Issues


  • 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) Religious Ethics and Constructivism. 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, Book Reviews

  • “Normativity in Comparative Religious Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics. Vol. 45, No. 4, 2017.
  • “Desire and Will,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics. (forthcoming)
  • “Volitional Necessity and Practical Identity.” In Responsibility and Enhancing Life. Heike
    Springhart and Guenter Thomas (Ed.) Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2017.
  • “Models of Moral Realism in Christian Ethics,” Harvard Theological Review. Vol. 108, No. 4 (2015).
  • Review of Lying and Christian Ethics by Christopher O. Tollefsen. New York: Cambridge University Press. Notre Dame Philosophical Review (January 2015).

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 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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