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Scott C. Williamson

Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics

Bates College, BA; Yale Divinity School, MDiv; Yale University, PhD

A United Methodist Crusade Scholar, Scott Williamson holds membership in the United Methodist Church. He served as pastor of the Black Church at Yale while a graduate student there. After a year of dissertation writing, lecturing at Fairfield University and teaching as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac College, he gratefully accepted the call to the Louisville Seminary faculty in 1997.

Dr. Williamson works in the field of narrative ethics, through which he hopes to contribute a new and critical appreciation of narrative as a source for moral reflection. Increasingly, he is specializing in nineteenth-century African American moral thought, stories, and sermons. He has spent the last several years researching the moral and religious thought of Frederick Douglass, the focus of his dissertation, entitled The Religious and Moral Thought of Frederick Douglass: A Narrative Approach, published in 2002 by Mercer University Press.

"A responsible Christian ethic is no easy task. It must be true to its faith premises without becoming unrealistic or legalistic. It must also be open to the insights of social sciences without becoming unprincipled or losing its distinctiveness. I want to direct my students to that interface, not as an exercise in moral method, but as an exercise in moral witness."

He is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and in 1999 was selected as one of Kentucky’s Leaders for a New Century, one of 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have a high potential to shape the future of the State in the new millennium. Community Service is very important to Dr. Williamson and during his years in Louisville he has served in the Kentuckiana chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, on the Home of the Innocents Ethics Committee, on the Fern Creek Fire Department, and most recently as a commissioner on the Metro Human Relations Commission.

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