Luke Bretherton

Luke Bretherton

Luke Bretherton is Professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Before moving to Duke in 2012 he was Reader in Theology & Politics and Convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King’s College London.

He has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies, and churches around the world, and has been involved in various forms of grassroots democratic politics. His recent books include Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), winner of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing; and Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of a Common Life (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which was developed out a four year ethnographic study of community organising initiatives.

As well as academic articles he writes in the media (including The Guardian, The Times and ABC Religion and Ethics) on topics related to religion and politics. He was recently awarded a prestigious Henry Luce III Fellowship for 2017-18 to work on a project on ‘conversion’ as a way of imagining and narrating moral and political change.

He comes to Greenbelt 2017 thanks to the kind support of Citizens UK.