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Professor Charles Mathewes, Ph.D.

Professor Charles Mathewes
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Chicago
The same energies of intellect and will that led mankind to cure innumerable diseases and put men on the Moon led us also to poison gas and ICBM's.

Dr. Charles Mathewes is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he teaches religious ethics, theology, and philosophy of religion. He earned his B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Chicago. From 2006 to 2010, Professor Mathewes served as editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the flagship journal in the field of religious studies. He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition, A Theology of Public Life, Understanding Religious Ethics, and The Republic of Grace: Augustinian Thoughts for Dark Times. He is also associate editor of the 3rd edition of the Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics. Every year since 1999, Professor Mathewes's classes have been named as exemplary classes for prospective students to attend during UVA's Days on the Lawn, a decision period for applicants accepted to the university. In 2007, he received a Mead Honored Faculty award-one of UVA's highest teaching awards-and also a Mead Endowment Teaching Award, which he used to create a seminar on religion and politics that culminated in a trip to Washington, DC, and meetings with politicians, policy experts, and legal scholars.


"Professor Mathewes engages us in the struggles with the never ending, never resolved issues about the existence of evil & our confrontation with its reality . His dynamism leaves ample room for nuance . Highly recommended ."