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Dr. Autumn Ridenour

Mockler Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Email: [email protected]
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2021
Expertise: Christian Ethics; Bioethics; Aging and End-of-life Ethics; Technology & Ethics

Dr. Ridenour’s primary interests are in the areas of theological, philosophical and social ethics, with attention to Scripture, history, and systematic theology. Her book Sabbath Rest as Vocation: Aging toward Death with Bloomsbury/T&T Clark (2018) explores the meaning of death and aging in the theologies of St. Augustine and Karl Barth. In this work, she explores the impact of aging and death on virtue ethics, bioethics, and the significance of intergenerational relationships within the church. Her more recent research concerns technology and digital devices given their impact on moral development, spirituality, and relationships. Other publications include numerous journal articles and book chapters for edited volumes that address issues of aging and death, but also the goals of medicine, re-enchanting nature, Augustinian ethics, the virtue of presence, Christology, and union with Christ among other themes. A copy of her recent article can be found here: “‘Elderhood’ and Sabbath Rest as Vocation: Identity, Purpose, & Belonging” for the Journal of Population Ageing.

Before arriving at Gordon-Conwell, Ridenour taught undergraduate theology and ethics in light of Augustinian spirituality. She is passionate about the foundations of theological ethics and looks forward to exploring this theme further in the classroom. Ridenour also participates in her local faith community of First Baptist Church Sudbury, MA where her husband serves as the senior pastor. For recreation, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Degrees

B.A. (Union University)
M.A. (Yale Divinity School)
Ph.D. (Boston College)

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