Dr Michael Laffin
MA (Claremont Graduate University), MA (Talbot School of Theology), PhD (University of Aberdeen)
King's College, KCF 11
University of Aberdeen
School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History
Aberdeen, AB24 3UB
My interests in ethics, politics, and theology go back to my undergraduate days, when I was a political science major. I subsequently earned a Master’s degree in politics (Claremont Graduate University) and a Master’s degree in theology (Talbot School of Theology), before combining the two interests in a thesis on political theology, for which I was awarded a PhD in theological ethics from the University of Aberdeen.
My research focuses on ethics and political theology. I’ve recently published a book on the political theology of Martin Luther. Additional research interests include Augustine’s political thought and Augustinianism, genealogical critique in ethical inquiry, and the history of political philosophy (especially ancient and early modern).
DR1089/2089: EXPLORING THE TRADITION OF WESTERN ETHICS
PH1522: HOW SHOULD ONE LIVE?
PH304/404H: ANCIENT ETHICS
PH304/404M: NIETZSCHE AND PHILOSOPHY AFTER THE DEATH OF GOD
DR551Q: GREAT THINKERS IN THEOLOGICAL ETHICS
DR552T: CREATION AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS
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Politics as PreservationThe Expository Times, vol. 132, no. 12, pp. 564-565Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Book Review: Michael P. Jensen, Theological Anthropology and the Great Literary Genres: Understanding the Human StoryStudies in Christian Ethics, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 400-403Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
The Conscience and Political Agency in Martin Luther and Hannah ArendtPolitical Theology, vol. 21, no. 8, pp. 705-722Contributions to Journals: Articles
Review: W. Bradford Littlejohn, The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political TheologyStudies in Christian Ethics, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 560-563Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Review: Freedom from Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty by Schindler, D. CModern Theology, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 822-824Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Review: Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning. Edited by Mark LabbertonReading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of ReligionContributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Babel, Tyranny and Totality: Reading Genesis 11 with LutherStudies in Christian Ethics, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 408-421Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Promise of Martin Luther's Political Theology: Freeing Luther from the Modern Political NarrativeBloomsbury T&T Clark, London and New York. 272 pagesBooks and Reports: Books