Christopher Libby, Ph.D.viking

Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy
Ferguson Center, Room 212
(660) 831-4206

I received my undergraduate degree in Institutions and Policy (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) from William Jewell College, followed by masterís degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and Emory University, respectively. I received my Ph.D., in Religion (Ethics and Society), from Emory University. My dissertation, ďA Prophetic Voice Without Foundations? A Critical Examination of Michael Walzer, Stanley Hauerwas, and Cornel West in Light of the Biblical Witness,Ē examined how the ethical voice of the biblical prophets might find contemporary expression in the wake of philosophical and theological rejections of the quest for a foundationalist conception of knowledge and the associated turn to community as the primary context for making truth-claims.

My scholarly presentations and publications have focused on an array of issues and problems in philosophy and theology, including essays dealing with the relationship between truth and ethical commitments, ecclesiological responses to secularization, and ethical dimensions of health care policy. My work has appeared in a variety of academic journals, including the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, the Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture, and the International Journal of Public Theology. Current projects include preparing my dissertation for publication.

Prior to my arrival at Valley, I accumulated significant teaching experience at a number of institutions, including William Jewell College, Memphis Theological Seminary, and Augustana College (IL). At Valley, I will teach a number of courses in religion, along with the full array of philosophy offerings.