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Williams, Reggie

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

Contact Reggie Williams by email,, or at extension 6279.

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.



Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (Baylor University Press, October 1, 2014)

Baptist Peacemaker, Global Christian Ethicist: Essays in Honor of Glen Harold Stassen, Co-Editor/Contributor, with David P. Gushee. Perspectives in Religious Studies 40, no. 2 (Summer 2013).

Journal Essays and Book Chapters

“Developing a Theologia Crucis: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Harlem Renaissance” (Theology Today, No 1 April 2014, 71: 43-57)

“Response to Amy Laura Hall’s “No Shortcut to the Promised Land, The Fosdick Brothers and the Allure of Leadership” (forthcoming in Ex Auditu Spring, 2014)

“Empathic, Incarnational Ethics: An Analysis of a Better Christian Ethics” (forthcoming in Fuller Theological Seminary Theology, News, and Notes Summer, 2014)

“Bonhoeffer and King: Christ the Moral Arc” (forthcoming in “Sola Christus” a special edition of Dialog: A Journal of Theology fall 2014)

“The White Christ” (Chapter in Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis, Forthcoming from Intervarsity Press July 2014)

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Christ” (Chapter in Interpreting Bonhoeffer, Fortress Press October 2013)

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Christ” (Chapter in Bonhoeffer, Christ, and Culture. InterVarsity Press, April, 2013)

“Jesus and Justice: Confronting the Viral Narratives of Race” (Chapter in Ethics as if Jesus Mattered: Essays in Honor of Glen H. Stassen, Smith and Helwys Press, February, 2014)

“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

“Bonhoeffer and King: Christ the Moral Arc” in Black Theology: An International Journal (Black Theology: an International Journal: vol. 9, number 3, 2011)

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. (Theology July/August 2013 116: 286-287)

Christopher Z. Hobson. The Mount of Vision: African American Prophetic Tradition, 1800-1950 Oxford University Press, New York, 2012 (Theology January/February 2014 117: 73-74)

Hak Joon Lee The Great World House: Martin Luther King Jr. and Global Ethics (Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 2011) forthcoming in The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Ronald B. Neal Democracy in Twenty-First Century America: Race, Class, Religion, and Region (Voices of the African Diaspora) (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2012) forthcoming in The Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics

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