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Christopher D. Jones

theology department

Christopher D. Jones

Doctoral Candidate, Theological Ethics

Stokes N420B
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Advisor/Dissertation Director:
Stephen J. Pope

Personal website:


MPhil, University of Oxford, 2010
MAR, Yale Divinity School, 2006
BA, Taylor University, 2004


Chris is a Margaret O’Brien Flatley Fellow in theological ethics. His research interests include moral psychology, virtue and vice ethics, Anglican ethics, and philosophical theology. He is currently writing a dissertation on the vice of sloth, which he treats as a moral and mental health issue in dialogue with Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, Kenneth Kirk, and contemporary psychological literature.

Chris grew up in Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, and Colorado, and currently lives in Brighton, MA with his wife Cate, who is a photographer. In addition to his academic work, Chris has served parishes in London, Oxford, and Boston as an education coordinator. When he is not reading, writing, or teaching, Chris enjoys going to the gym, watching old movies, drinking single malt whisky, and playing classical guitar.


Craig A. Boyd, A Shared Morality: A Narrative Defense of Natural Law Ethics, (Grand Rapids, MA: Brazos Press, 2007), and J. Daryl Charles, Retrieving the Natural Law: A Return to Moral First Things, (Grand Rapids, MA: Eerdmans, 2008), for Studies in Christian Ethics, Vol. 23, No. 3, (August, 2010), pp. 321-324.

David E. White, ed., The Works of Bishop Butler, (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2006), for Faith & Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 3, (July, 2011), pp. 365-368.

Nigel Biggar, Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics, (Grand Rapids, MA: Eerdmans, 2011), for Anglican Theological Review, Vol. 94, No. 1, (Winter, 2012), pp. 109-112.


“‘The Candle of the Lord’: Joseph Butler on Conscience & Self-Deceit,” Christian Ethics Research Seminar, University of Oxford, 3 June 2010.

“‘The Pure in Heart Will See God’: Purification and Contemplation in Augustine’s De Trinitate,” Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies, Pappas Patristic Institute, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, 10 March 2012.

“Ecumenical Ethics for the 21st Century: Lessons from Kenneth Kirk,” Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians Envision the Future, Boston College, 9-11 March 2012. [Poster]


PL/TH 90 Perspectives on Western Culture I (with Stephen J. Pope), Fall 2012.
PL/TH 91 Perspectives on Western Culture II (with Stephen J. Pope), Spring 2013.