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WFU professor awarded Lilly Grant to study basis of common morality


April 16, 2008

Kevin Jung, assistant professor of Christian ethics at the Wake Forest University Divinity School, has received a Theological Scholars Grant from the Association of Theological Schools and Lilly Endowment for up to $12,000 for his project, “Moral Limits to Social Practice:  Historicism and the Problem of Common Morality.”  Jung will use the grant to support his research during the summer. 

The research will delve into the appropriateness of social practice as a primary basis of morality.  Some of the sources of common morality Jung will examine are truth, empirical facts and historical justification.  “Christian ethics should insist on setting moral limits to social practice, while being committed to the idea of a common morality,” Jung says.

Jung joined the faculty of the Divinity School in the fall of 2007.  He previously taught religious studies at the College of William and Mary and religious ethics and social thought at DePaul University, the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the University of Chicago.  He is the co-editor of two books, “Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice” and “Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics.”

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Wake Forest Divinity School professor Kevin Jung.
Wake Forest Divinity School professor Kevin Jung.
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