Ethics and Public Theology

The Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and Public Theology is a modular doctoral course of study offered by Southern Seminary. In this degree, students will complete courses in ethics, public theology, moral theory, natural law, and related areas.


Professors available to supervise students in this area include:
Dr. Andrew Walker headshot

Andrew T. Walker

Dr. Brian Baise headshot

Bryan Baise

Dr. Bradley Green headshot

Bradley G. Green

Ethics and Public Theology students must take the following 5 seminars, along with three “flex” seminars, 81020 GRS, 81260 FTS, 81270 Course Development & Design, and 81300 Higher Education.

85620 Contemporary Theological Ethics

A study of current developments in theological ethics focusing on selected contemporary Protestant and Roman Catholic ethicists and their methodologies.

85810 Public Theology

A study of selected issues in public theology, analyzing the biblical, doctrinal, historical, and practical aspects of applying Christian theology and ethics in the public square.

85700 Law, Religion, and Morality

85240 Moral Theory & Natural Law

A study of moral theories within the Christian tradition and non-Christian moral systems, studying the nature of morality and the biblical and theological foundations of moral theory.

85740 Social Ethics in Biblical Perspective

A systematic and comparative analysis of the essential ingredients in an ethical method adequate for particular cases. Each participant will choose a particular ethical issue, compare ethical arguments concerning the issue, and seek to develop his or her own argument.


If you are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in this area of study, learn more about the Admissions Process. To prepare for the entrance exam in this area of study, consult the study guide.