Religious Studies

Charles Mathewes

Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies
Mailing Address:

Department of Religious Studies
PO Box 400126
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4126


Gibson Hall, S-235



  • Georgetown University: BA (1991)
  • University of Chicago: MA (1992)
  • University of Chicago: PhD (1997)

Research Interests

  • Christian Thought
  • Religious Ethics
  • Religion, Society, and Politics
  • Comparative Religious Ethics
  • Theory of Religion

Teaching Experience

Recent Teaching 

  • RELG 3559: “The Ethical State of the World”
  • RELG 8000 (with Jennifer Geddes and Larry Bouchard): “Negativity and the Religious Imagination”
  • RELG 4500: “God, Politics, and War”
  • RELG 7559 (with Willis Jenkins): “Theory and Method in Religious Ethics”
  • RELG 2300: “Religious Ethics and Moral Problems”
  • RELC 5006: “Augustine's City of God”



Charles Mathewes is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition and A Theology of Public Life, both with Cambridge University Press; Understanding Religious Ethics from Wiley-Blackwell; and The Republic of Grace from Eerdmans.  Among other edited works, he is the Senior Editor (along with UVA's Matt Puffer and Mark Storslee) of Comparative Religious Ethics: The Major Works collection for Routledge Publishers. 

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