Neil Arner

Neil Arner

Assistant Professor

Primary Field of Study: Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


Ph.D. Yale University

Research and Training Interests

Fundamental Moral Theology (especially natural law and divine command theories), Ecumenical Theology, Scientific Theology

Selected Publications

“The Difficulties of Forsaking Normativity,” in Verbs, Bones and Brains: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Nature, ed. Agustín Fuentes and Aku Visala (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2017) 231-39.

Ecumenical Ethics: Challenges to and Sources for a Common Moral Witness,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 36, no. 2 (2016): 101-19.

Bivalent Anthropology and Bipartite Wisdom,” Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 3, no. 2 (2016), 116-30 and 139-41.

Precedents and Prospects for Incorporating Natural Law in Protestant Ethics,” Scottish Journal of Theology 69, no. 4 (2016): 375-88.


Dr. Arner earned academic degrees in mathematics, biology, philosophy, and theology from the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Yale Divinity School (S.T.M), and Yale University (M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.). 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.). He has received research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (2000-2001), the Forum for Theological Exploration (2004-2005), the Center of Theological Inquiry (2015-2016), and the John Templeton Foundation (2017-2020 and 2018-2020). The primary area of Dr. Arner’s research is fundamental moral theology: the way in which Christian ethicists integrate biblical, ecclesial, historical, philosophical, and empirical considerations. He specializes in Protestant theories of natural law, the theological bases of ecumenical collaboration, and Christian responses to scientific accounts of morality. He is completing one book on early modern moral theology and beginning another book on contemporary moral psychology. Dr. Arner teaches an undergraduate University Seminar on the reign of God in the biblical narrative as well as graduate-level courses that relate Christian ethics to early modern history, the ecumenical movement, evolutionary biology, and philosophical theories of obligation.


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