Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics
Brite Divinity School
c.bellinger (at) tcu.edu
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. Jesus v. Abortion: They Know
Not What They Do. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2016.
Charles K. Bellinger, ed. The Abortion Debate: TCU
Voices. Fort Worth: Churchyard Books, 2012.
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
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
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
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.
Introduction to Contemporary Theological
Ethics [Spring 2018]
The Abortion Debate [Fall 2016]
MTS Colloquium [Fall 2016]
RenÚ Girard and Theology [Summer 2016]
Jesus in American History and Culture [Summer 2016]
Religion and Violence [Spring 2016]
Religion and Secularity in Contemporary
Thought [Fall 2015]
History of Christian Ethics [Spring 2014]
Theology and Human Rights [Summer 2013]
Kierkegaard and Moral Philosophy [Summer
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CV / Bibliography
Online Essays by Charles Bellinger
Brite Faculty Bibliographies
TCU Library Web Site: http://lib.tcu.edu/