Visiting Assistant Research Professor, Theology
Affiliation: History and Philosophy of Science
Areas of Specialization
Fundamental Moral Theology (especially natural law and divine command theories); Ecumenical Theology; Scientific Theology
Dr. Arner earned academic degrees in mathematics, biology, philosophy, and theology from the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Yale Divinity School (S.T.M), and Yale University (M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.). He served in professional ministry for two years in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and he is currently an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has received research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (2000-2001), the Forum for Theological Exploration (2004-2005), the Center of Theological Inquiry (2015-2016), and the John Templeton Foundation (2017-2020 and 2018-2020). The primary area of Dr. Arner’s research is fundamental moral theology: the way in which Christian ethicists integrate biblical, ecclesial, historical, philosophical, and empirical considerations. He specializes in Protestant theories of natural law, the theological bases of ecumenical collaboration, and Christian responses to scientific accounts of morality. He is completing one book on early modern moral theology and beginning another book on contemporary moral psychology. Dr. Arner teaches an undergraduate University Seminar on the reign of God in the biblical narrative as well as graduate-level courses that relate Christian ethics to early modern history, the ecumenical movement, evolutionary biology, and philosophical theories of obligation.