Williams, Reggie

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

Dr. Reggie Williams joined our faculty as Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics in July of 2012. Before coming to McCormick, Reggie taught ethics at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

Dr. Williams’ research interests are primarily focused on Christological hermeneutics, and Christian morality. He has a particular interest in how the Western-world understanding of Christian has been calibrated to a false idealthat corresponds with racialized interpretations of humanity, morality, and Jesus. His current projects include an analysis of the developments within Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology and ethics, as a result of his experience in the Harlem Renaissance, 1930-31.

Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. His dissertation was entitled: “Christ-Centered Empathic Resistance: The Influence of Harlem Renaissance Theology on the Incarnational Ethic of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” He earned a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller in 2006 and a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Westmont College in 1995. He was a Dissertation Fellow with the Fund for Theological education, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Christian Ethics.

Reggie lives in Flossmoor, Illinois with his wife Stacy. They are the proud parents of a son, Darion, and a daughter, Simone.



  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Harlem Renaissance (forthcoming from Baylor University Press)

Articles and book chapters

  •  “Bonhoeffer and King: Christ the Moral Arc” in Black Theology: An International Journal (Black Theology: an International Journal: vol. 9, number 3, 2011)
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Christ (Forthcoming Essay in an edited volume with the International Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society, Fortress Press)
  • “A Better Unity: A Biblical Illustration of Community” in Christian Ethics Today: A Journal of Christian Ethics vol. 18, number 3 Aggregate Issue 83 Summer 2011
  • “The White Christ” (Forthcoming essay in an edited volume with the Evangelical Postcolonial Roundtable, Chalice Press)
  • “Solidarity in Suffering: René Girard’s Theological Pedagogy in Conversation with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Experience in the Harlem Renaissance” (Forthcoming)

Book Reviews

  • Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey. The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. The Journal of Southern Religion 14, 2012
  • Anthony Pinn. The End of God Talk: An African American Humanist Theology
  • Oxford University Press, New York, New York, 2012 (forthcoming in Theology)

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