Dr. Christopher Libby

Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Alpha Chi Sponsor
Division of Communications, Humanities and Human Services
Ferguson Center, 212
660-831-4206

Dr. Christopher Libby is associate professor of religion and philosophy and faculty sponsor for Alpha Chi Honor Society. He has taught at Valley since 2011. Prior to coming to MVC, Libby taught at William Jewell College (where he continues to teach on a part-time basis), Augustana College and Memphis Theological Seminary. At Valley, he regularly teaches philosophical ethics, introduction to critical thinking, comparative religious ethics, and the ethics of war and peace, among other classes. Libby’s teaching and scholarship are focused broadly on theoretical and applied ethical issues that arise at the intersection of philosophy and theology. He is currently working on a study of the ethical dimensions of Gordon Kaufman’s constructive theology. His publications include the book Truth, Community, and the Prophetic Voice: Michael Walzer, Stanley Hauerwas, and Cornel West on Justice and Peace (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2018); the journal article “Rorty or Kierkegaard: Social Amelioration, Truth, and the Ground of Cornel West’s Normative Commitments,” International Journal of Public Theology 5, no. 2 (2011): 165-86; and a review of Andrew Linzey, Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology, and Practical Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) in Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 4, no., 1 (Spring 2010): 88-90.

  • PhD, Emory University, religion – ethics & society
  • MTS, Emory University, theology
  • MA, University of Colorado-Boulder, philosophy
  • AB, William Jewell College, institutions and policy
  • Additional study: Homerton College, University of Cambridge