Dr Michael Laffin

Dr Michael Laffin
Dr Michael Laffin

Dr Michael Laffin

MA (Claremont Graduate University), MA (Talbot School of Theology), PhD (University of Aberdeen)

Lecturer

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King's College, KCF 11

 

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University of Aberdeen

School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History

King's College

Aberdeen, AB24 3UB

Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History

Biography

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.

Research

Research Overview

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).

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

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

Publications

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  • Politics as Preservation

    Laffin, M.
    The Expository Times, vol. 132, no. 12, pp. 564-565
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Book Review: Michael P. Jensen, Theological Anthropology and the Great Literary Genres: Understanding the Human Story

    Laffin, M.
    Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 400-403
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • The Conscience and Political Agency in Martin Luther and Hannah Arendt

    Laffin, M.
    Political Theology, vol. 21, no. 8, pp. 705-722
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Freedom from Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty by Schindler, D. C. ( Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017), ix + 486 pp.

    Laffin, M.
    Modern Theology, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 822-824
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Editor(s): Mark Labberton. Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, January 2018.

    Laffin, M.
    Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • W. Bradford Littlejohn, The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology, Emory University Studies in Law and Religion (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017)

    Laffin, M.
    Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 560
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Babel, Tyranny and Totality: Reading Genesis 11 with Luther

    Laffin, M.
    Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 408-421
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Promise of Martin Luther's Political Theology: Freeing Luther from the Modern Political Narrative

    Laffin, M. R.
    Bloomsbury T&T Clark, London and New York. 272 pages
    Books and Reports: Books

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