Moral Theology/Christian Ethics
Neil Arner has collectively earned six academic degrees in mathematics, biology, philosophy, and theology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and Yale University. He specialized in both religious ethics and philosophical theology during his doctoral studies at Yale. He served in professional ministry for two years in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and he is currently an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prof. Arner's research focuses on the integration of natural-law and divine-command forms of Christian ethics, the contemporary theological relevance of early modern thought, the prospects for a Protestant recovery of natural law theory, the potential for ecumenical and interreligious collaboration in addressing common moral concerns, and theological responses to scientific studies of the "origins" of morality. He is currently at work on a book that defends the coherence of the integrated natural-law and divine-command theories of John Duns Scotus, John Calvin, and Samuel Pufendorf. Prof. Arner teaches an undergraduate University Seminar on God's reign in the biblical narrative as well as graduate-level courses on evolutionary ethics, ecumenical ethics, the history of Christian ethics, and methods in fundamental moral theology.