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Charles K. Bellinger

Theological Librarian and Professor of Theology and Ethics


Phone: 817-257-7668


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. My major theme over the years since college has been reflecting on violence psychologically and ethically. Key thinkers I draw on include Soren Kierkegaard, Eric Voegelin, and Rene Girard.


  • M.A., Texas Christian University, 2013

  • M.S.L.S., University of Illinois, 1998

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1997 (Theology, Ethics, and Culture)

  • M.A., University of Virginia, 1992 (Religious Ethics)

  • M.A., Pacific School of Religion, 1987 (Theology)

  • B.S., Portland State University, 1985

Courses Taught:

  • History of Christian Ethics

  • Kierkegaard and Moral Philosophy

  • Master of Theological Studies Colloquium: Advanced Theological Research and Writing

  • Religion and Violence, Religion and Secularity in Contemporary Thought

  • Rene Girard and Theology

  • Theology and Human Rights

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Religion

  • American Theological Library Association

  • Colloquium on Violence and Religion

  • Soren Kierkegaard Society (webma

  • University Faculty for Life

Select Publications:

  • The Genealogy of Violence: Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

  • The Trinitarian Self: The Key to the Puzzle of Violence. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2008.