Walter Professor of Theology

Gerald McKenny

B.A., Wheaton College, 1979
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1982
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1989

Areas of Expertise: Theological Ethics; Biomedical Ethics; Ethics of Biotechnology; Ethics, the Environment, and Biotechnology


  • (co-editor) Theological Analyses of the Clinical Encounter (1994)
  • To Relieve the Human Condition: Bioethics, Technology, and the Body (1997)
  • (co-editor) The Ethical (2002)
  • (co-editor) Altering Nature, vol. 1: Concepts of ‘Nature’ and the ‘Natural’ in Biotechnology Debates, vol. 2: Religion, Biotechnology, and Public Policy (2008)
  • The Analogy of Grace: Karl Barth’s Moral Theology (2010)
Recent Articles:
  • “Technology” (2004)
  • “Responsibility (2005)
  • “(Re)placing Ethics: Jean-Luc Marion and the Horizon of Modern Ethics” (2007)
  • “Biodiversity and Biotechnology” (2008)
  • “Moral Disagreement and the Limits of Reason: Reflections on MacIntyre and Ratzinger” (2009)
  • “Nature as Given, Nature as Guide, Nature as Natural Kinds: Return to Nature in the Ethics of Human Biotechnology” (2009)

Office: 443 Malloy