Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics
Brite Divinity School
c.bellinger (at) tcu.edu
B.S., Portland State
M.A., Pacific School of Religion, 1987 (Theology)
M.A., University of Virginia, 1992 (Religious Ethics)
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1997 (Theology, Ethics, and Culture)
M.S.L.S., University of Illinois, 1998 (Library Science)
M.A., Texas Christian University, 2013 (Rhetorical Theory)
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Background and Interests
|During my years in graduate school I studied both theology and ethics
because the concept of narrow disciplinary boundaries separating the two fields never made
sense to me. I also developed a strong interest in reflecting on human psychology from a
theological point of view. Over the past several years my attention has come into focus on
the topic of theological anthropology seen through a Trinitarian lens. This
leads to a "dimensional anthropology" that reflects on the
complicated intersections of nature, society, individual selfhood,
and the pull of the divine presence. I am currently researching and
writing on the abortion debate, which is crucial to the future of
Books I've Written
|Charles K. Bellinger. Jesus v.
Abortion: They Know Not What They Do. Eugene: Cascade Books,
|Charles K. Bellinger,
ed. The Abortion Debate: TCU Voices. Fort Worth: Churchyard
|Charles K. Bellinger. The Joker Is Satan, and So Are We: And Other Essays on Violence
and Christian Faith. Fort Worth: Churchyard Books, 2010.
|Charles K. Bellinger. The Trinitarian Self: The Key to the Puzzle of Violence.
Eugene: Pickwick, 2008.
Charles K. Bellinger.
The Genealogy of Violence: Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil. New York:
Oxford University Press, 2001.
Books I Recommend:
S°ren Kierkegaard. The Sickness
unto Death and Works of Love.
Two important books by one of the most brilliant Christian thinkers in the
Eric Voegelin. Modernity Without
Presents three key works by Voegelin that critique modern political
disasters, such as Nazism and Communism.
Rene Girard. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning.
A summary of Girard's mature thought on the Gospels and human culture.
David Hart. Atheist Delusions.
A brilliant meditation on the impact of Christianity on the Western world.
Mark Heim. Saved from Sacrifice: A Theology of the
An excellent treatment of atonement theories, from a Girardian point of view.
Chantal Delsol. The Unlearned Lessons of
the Twentieth Century.
Reflections by a political philosopher on how difficult it is for human
beings to change, even in the wake of the Holocaust and other events.
Servais Pinckaers. The Sources of
A Thomist view of the history of moral thought in the West.
Giorgio Agamben. Homo Sacer.
Thought-provoking reflections on sovereign power and its ability to reduce
human beings to "bare life" that can be killed with impunity.