Dr. Kristopher Norris is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Public Theology and the Program Consultant for the Center for Public Theology. Norris teaches classes in the areas of Christian Ethics and Public Theology and co-directs the National Capital Semester for Seminarians with Prof. Mike McCurry. He is currently helping develop Wesley’s new Faith & Public Life Immersion experience through the Center for Public Theology. He has published two books and several journal articles on church practices, faith and politics, and just war theory, as well as the ethics of Bonhoeffer and Barth, and his current research is at the intersection of church, race, and politics. He is an ordained Baptist minister from North Carolina.
B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.Div. Duke Divinity School
Th.M. Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Ph.D. University of Virginia
Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church, with Sam Speers. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2015.
Pilgrim Practices: Discipleship for a Missional Church. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2012.
“A (Multi-) Story-Formed Community: The Bible and Politics at Ebenezer Baptist Church.” Ecclesial Practices: Journal of Ecclesiology and Ethnography (forthcoming, vol. 4:2 (2017)).
“The Hope of the Poor: Ecclesial Practices of Politics, Hope, and Transformation,” Perspectives in Religious Studies vol. 43:1 (2016).
“Deliberating Just War.” Journal of Religious Ethics vol. 43:1 (2015).
“‘Never Again War’: Recent Shifts in the Roman Catholic Just War Tradition and the Question of Functional Pacifism.’” Journal of Religious Ethics vol. 42:1 (2014).
“The Incarnational Church: Bonhoeffer’s Political Ecclesiology of Transformation” in A Spoke in the Wheel: The Political in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, eds. Kirsten Busch Nielson, Ralf K. Wustenberg, & Jens Zimmermann. Munich, Germany: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2013.
“Symposium Introduction to Grant Wacker’s America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation,” Syndicate Theology 3:3 (2016).
“No Politics in Church? Not So Fast,” Religion & Politics (Summer 2015).
“Teaching Public Theology: The National Capital Semester for Seminarians,” with Mike McCurry. Political Theology Today (Summer 2015).
“How Can We Support Young Baptist Scholars?” Baptists Today (Summer 2015).