Timothy P. Jackson

Stewart Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Council of the Humanities and Department of Religion Visiting Professor in the Department of Religion
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Timothy P. Jackson is a Stewart Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Council of the Humanities and Department of Religion for the fall of 2023, and a Visiting Professor in Princeton's Department of Religion for the spring of 2024.  He is currently the Bishop Mack B. and Rose Stokes Professor of Theological Ethics at The Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Professor Jackson has previously held teaching posts at Rhodes College, Yale University, Stanford Univer­sity, and the University of Notre Dame.  He has been 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.  A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Jackson received his B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton and his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale.  He is the author of Love Disconsoled: Meditations on Christian Charity (Cambridge 1999), The Priority of Love: Christian Charity and Social Justice (Princeton 2003), Political Agape: Christian Love and Liberal Democracy (Eerdmans 2015), and Mordecai Would Not Bow Down: Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Christian Supersessionism (Oxford 2021).  His present book project is entitled Faith in Science?: How Three Scientific Revolutions Help to Reconcile Theology and Empirical Inquiry.

Selected Publications
  • “Love and Justice,” entry in The T&T Clark Companion to the Doctrine of Creation, ed. by Jason Goroncy (forthcoming)
  • “What Really Matters: Reflections on God, Matter, Life, and Love,” Jahrbuch für Biblische Theologie (forthcoming)
  • “Waiting in The Wings of the Dove: A Reply to Harold Bloom and an Impatient Age," The Henry James Review, Vol. 43, No. 3 (November 2022): 274-299
  • “The Law and Gospel of Human Rights and Duties: John Paul II and Michael Perry on Sacredness and Intentional Killing," Festschrift for Professor Perry, Emory Law Journal, Vol. 71, No. 7 (2022): 1510-1547
  • “Not Far from the Kingdom: Martha Nussbaum on Anger and Forgiveness,” Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol. 46, No. 4 (December 2018): 749-770
  • “Election, Selection, and Distinction: Paradoxes of Grace, Clan, and Class,” in Spirit and Capital in an Age of Inequality, ed. by Robert Jones and Ted Smith (Routledge, 2018)
  • “Javert and Jihad: Why Law Cannot Survive Without Love, and Vice Versa,” in Agape, Justice, and Law, ed. by Robert Cochran (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • “Sanctity and Suffering: The Beatitude Paradox and the Sermon on the Mount,” in Church, Society, and the Christian Common Good, ed. by Ephraim Radner (Cascade Books, 2017)
  • “Theology and Law Divorced and Reconciled: Aquinas, Luther, Rawls, and Us,” The Journal of Law and Religion, 32, no. 1 (March 2017): 71-78
  • “Evolution, Agape, and the Image of God: A Reply to Various Naturalists,” in Love and Christian   Ethics: Tradition, Theory, and Society, ed. by Frederick V. Simmons and Brian C. Sorrells (Georgetown University Press, 2016)
  • Agape and Virtue Ethics,” in The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics, ed. by Michael Slote and Lorraine Besser-Jones (Routledge, 2015)
  • “The Relevance of God: A Reply to Ronald Dworkin,” The Journal of Law and Religion, Volume 29, Issue 3 (2014): 535-546
  • “The Prophetic Mr. Cohen,” in Leonard Cohen and Philosophy, ed. by Jason Holt (Open Court, 2014)
  • “Not by ‘Reason’ Alone, or Even First: The Priority of Sanctity over Dignity,” in Challenges to Moral and Religious Belief, ed. by Michael Bergmann & Patrick Kain (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • “Thirty-five Years Among the Genes: A Twainian Take on Moral Anthropology and Reductive Biology,” in Understanding Moral Sentiments: Darwinian Perspectives?, ed. by Susan Neiman, Hilary Putnam, and Jeffrey Schloss (Transaction Publishers, 2014)
  • “Salvation/Eternal Happiness,” co-authored with Roe Fremstedal, Professor of Philosophy at the Norwegian University in Trondheim, Kierkegaard Research, Vol. 15, Tome VI (2013)
  • "The Christian Love Ethic and Evolutionary 'Cooperation': The Lessons and Limits of Eudaimonism and Game Theory," in Evolution, Games, and God, ed. by Martin Nowak and Sarah Coakley (Harvard University Press, 2013)
  • "Heroism on an Empty Stomach: Weil and Hillesum on Love and Happiness Amid the Holocaust," Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol. 40, No. 1 (March 2012): 72-98
  • "Bonhoeffer and King on Church, World, and Christian Charity," in Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought, ed. by Willis Jenkins and Jennifer M. McBride (Fortress Press, 2010)
  • "The Patient as Person in an Increasingly Gene-centric Universe: How Healthcare Professionals Should Think About Genomics and Evolution," The American Journal of Medical Genetics (February 15, 2009): 89-94
  • "Judge William and Professor Browning: A Kierkegaardian Critique of Equal Regard Marriage and the Democratic Family," in a Festschrift for Don Browning, The Equal Regard Family and Its Friendly Critics (Eerdmans, 2007)
  • "Universalism and Relativism: Some Lessons from Gandhi," in Universalism versus Relativism, ed. by Don Browning (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006)
  • "Suffering the Suffering Children: Christianity and the Rights and Wrongs of Adoption," my chapter in The Morality of Adoption (Eerdmans, 2005)
  • "Martin Luther King, Jr., on Justice, Law, and Human Nature," in The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature, Vol. 1, ed. by John Witte and Frank Alexander (Columbia University Press, 2005)
  •  "Arminian Edification: Kierkegaard on Grace and Free Will," in The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, ed. by Alastair Hannay and Gordon D. Marino