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Prof. Robin W. Lovin

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Director of Research

Center of Theological Inquiry
Center Of Theological Inquiry 50 Stockton Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
United States

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Advisory Board
    McDonald Centre for Theology , Ethics
  • Professor of Ethics Emeritus
    Cary Maguire University


  • Ph.D.
    Harvard University
  • B.A.
    Northwestern University
  • B.D.
    Harvard University
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Robin Lovin Director of Research
Robin W. Lovin became Director of Research at the Center of Theological Inquiry in July 2013. He has been serving as Project Leader of CTI's three-year interdisciplinary research project on New Approaches in Theological Inquiry, 2012-2015, and was Co-Leader of CTI's Inquiry on Theology and International Law, 2006-2010, with Professor Jeremy Waldron, All Souls College, Oxford University & School of Law, New York University.
Lovin is the Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University. He joined the SMU faculty in 1994, and served as Dean of Perkins School of Theology from 1994-2002. During a research leave at the Library of Congress in the spring of 2013, he was appointed to the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library's John W. Kluge Center.
From 1991-94, he was Dean at the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His teaching career includes service as an instructor at Candler School of Theology of Emory University and thirteen years as a faculty member at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A.) and Harvard University (B.D. and Ph.D.). He is an ordained elder in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Prof. Lovin is a former president of The Society of Christian Ethics, a member of the editorial advisory board of Studies in Christian Ethics, and an editor-at-large for the Christian Century. He is also a member of the advisory board for the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at Oxford University.
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Professor Robin Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., is a former President of the Society of Christian Ethics and the author of Christian Realism and the New Realities(2008).
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- Robin W. Lovin, Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University.
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Robin Lovin, Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics Emeritus, Southern Methodist University
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News, 12 Mar 2013 [cached]
They will lead this interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with Robin Lovin, CTI’s Director of Research and the Inquiry’s Senior Research Fellow in theology. 

This Inquiry will bring an international team of legal scholars and theologians together in residence at the Center for the 2014-15 academic year. The Inquiry will be conducted in cooperation with the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University and with support from the John Templeton Foundation. 

The Center’s Director William Storrar said, “I am honored to appoint two such distinguished legal scholars to serve with Robin Lovin as co-leaders of our interdisciplinary Inquiry on this key global issue.”  Mary Ellen O’Connell is the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the University of Notre Dame.  Peter Danchin is Professor of Law and Director of the International Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland.  The other members of the interdisciplinary research team will be announced in May. 

For more information on the Center’s Inquiry on Law & Religious Freedom, click here.

After exploring their understandings of the terms "liberal Christianity and liberal theology” with the two authors, Lovin opened up the conversation to a lively discussion with the audience.

Douglas Ottati, Theology for Liberal Protestants, available here

Theo Hobson, Reinventing Liberal Christianity, available here

As an ecumenical institute, the Center welcomes outstanding scholars from across the theological spectrum and this was yet another rich and stimulating contribution on an important theological tradition of Christian thought and practice.

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Dr. Robin Lovin, CTI’s Director of Research, delivered the annual Maguire Lecture at the Library of Congress on January 23. The lecture, which Lovin summarized as a “history of the shrinking moral vocabulary of American politics,” traces developments that have reduced public political arguments to considerations of economic efficiency and national security and identifies sources in for a renewal of political discourse about the human good. The lecture was based on Lovin’s research as scholar in residence at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, where he held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History during the spring of 2013.


The Center of Theological Inquiry will hold its annual breakfast reception for Members and friends at this year’s meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society for Biblical Literature in Baltimore.

All CTI Members and friends are invited to join us in the Stadium Ballroom 5 at the Marriott Inner Harbor on Sunday November 24 between 7:00am and 8:30am.


CTI’s new Director of Research, Dr. Robin Lovin, will speak about our forthcoming Inquiry on Law & Religious Freedom, 2014-15, with its online application closing date of December 15, 2013.

Scholars at AAR / SBL interested in applying for this Inquiry are welcome to attend the reception to learn more about this collaborative and interdisciplinary research program.


The Director, Dr. William Storrar, is honored to announce the appointment of a new senior colleague on his staff, Dr. Robin Lovin (above right), who will serve as Director of Research at CTI for a three-year period from July 2013.

Dr. Lovin will be responsible for directing the residential research program and advising the Director on the longer-term development of the Center’s research agenda. He has already been working closely with Dr. Storrar as a co-leader of CTI’s long-term project on religion and international law, and as project leader for the three-year interdisciplinary research program in theology, science, and law currently underway with the support of a $3.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Dr. Lovin is one of the world’s foremost Christian ethicists. He has just retired as the Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he had previously served as Dean of its Perkins School of Theology. Before coming to SMU in 1994, Lovin was Dean of the Drew University Theological School and held faculty positions at the University of Chicago and Emory University.  He is a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He is currently a distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where he is the Cary and Ann Maguire Professor in Ethics and American History at the library’s John W. Kluge Center. Lovin is the author of numerous books and papers, including most recently An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues (2011), Christian Realism and the New Realities (2008) and Christian Ethics: An Essential Guide (1999).

When Lovin retired at SMU, a senior colleague there said of him, "Robin is one of those people who inspires you to probe your own assumptions and values to determine if you’ve set them appropriately high.

I am personally delighted to welcome Robin as my senior colleague in the mission he has already done so much to advance.” Commenting on his new appointment, Dr. Lovin said,

"Being Director of Research at CTI is a unique opportunity to focus creative thinking on the most important problems facing theology and society.

Come back soon for interviews with senior research fellows Stephen Pope and Robert Roberts, a theologian and a philosopher who will share their thoughts on how dialogue is changing the disciplines that study religion and the moral life.

Robin Lovin
Director of Research

They represent a range of relevant disciplines for our inquiry and all will enrich our conversation through their individual projects for the year.

Our two Senior Research Fellows, theologian Stephen Pope and philosopher Robert Roberts will lead this interdisciplinary inquiry and research team, working closely with the Center’s director of research, Robin Lovin.

- Robin Lovin, Center of Theological Inquiry

From the Senior Research Fellows

"Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Center of Theological Inquiry's Inquiry on Religious Experience and Moral Identity.

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