John E. Carter

Doctoral Candidate

Theological Ethics


After working as an attorney in Kentucky and Tennessee, primarily in constitutional civil defense litigation, John began theological education and ministerial training at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, during which time he spent one semester at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., as the Moyers Scholar. After receiving his M.Div., John was ordained as a Baptist minister (American and CBF) and completed a year of clinical pastoral education, working as a chaplain at hospitals in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C. At Boston College, John obtained a Th.M. in moral theology, writing his master’s thesis on conscience and religious liberty in the Baptist and Catholic traditions, and he is currently working on his doctoral dissertation, a constructive project which outlines a new theological understanding of the conscience. John’s other academic interests include the natural law and biblical ethics.

Recent Publications:

“Reconsidering the Relationship Between Vitoria and Grotius’s Contributions to the International  Law and Natural Law Traditions,” Journal of Religious Ethics (March 2021).