Charles Bellinger
Theological Librarian
Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics
Brite Divinity School
c.bellinger (at) tcu.edu
817-257-7668

B.S., Portland State University, 1985
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 our culture.  

 

 

Books I've Written
 
Charles K. Bellinger. The Genealogy of Violence: Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Charles K. Bellinger. The Trinitarian Self: The Key to the Puzzle of Violence. Eugene: Pickwick, 2008.
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, ed. The Abortion Debate: TCU Voices. Fort Worth: Churchyard Books, 2012.

 

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 modern world.

Eric Voegelin. Modernity Without Restraint.
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 Cross.
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 Christian Ethics.
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.

 

Courses Taught
History of Christian Ethics [Spring 2014]
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/65013/hist-xian-ethics2014.htm

Theology and Human Rights [Summer 2013]
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/rights/Rights_2013-syllabus.pdf

The Abortion Debate [Summer 2013]
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/abortion/MLAsummer2013abortion.pdf

Religion and Violence [Spring 2013]
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/rel-viol/rel-viol2013.htm

MTS Colloquium
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/MTS/MTS_2013.htm

Kierkegaard and Moral Philosophy [Summer 2012]
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/SK/SK_Moral_Phil_2012.htm

RenÚ Girard and Theology [Summer 2011]
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/Girard/Girard_Theology-2011.htm

for other courses see cv:

Charles Bellinger's CV / Bibliography
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/cv.htm

 

Other Resources

Online Essays by Charles Bellinger
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/essays_ckb.htm

Bibliographies
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/biblios/biblio_list.htm

Brite Faculty Bibliographies
http://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/faculty/faculty-bibs.htm

 

The Wabash Center Guide to Internet Resources
for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/guide_headings.aspx

Charles Bellinger, webmaster

 

TCU Library Web Site: http://lib.tcu.edu/