Luke Bretherton

Senior Fellow, Research


Luke Bretherton is Robert E. Cushman Distinguished Professor of Moral and Political Theology and Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University as well as a visiting professor at St Mellitus College in London. Before joining Duke in 2012, he taught at King's College London. His latest book is Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy (2019). His other books include Resurrecting Democracy (2015), which was based on a four-year ethnographic study of community organizing initiatives in London and elsewhere; Christianity & Contemporary Politics (2010), winner of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing; and Hospitality as Holiness (2006), which develops a constructive response to pluralism. Alongside his scholarly work, he writes in the media (including The GuardianThe Times and The Washington Post) on topics related to religion and politics, has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs and churches around the world, and is actively involved in forms of grassroots democratic politics, both in the UK and the US. He has received a number of grants and awards, including a Henry Luce III Fellowship (2017-18).

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