Charles Mathewes

Charles Mathewes is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia where he teaches religious ethics and religious thought. He spent much of his childhood in Saudi Arabia and was educated at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition and A Theology of Public Life, both with Cambridge University Press; The Republic of Grace (Eerdmans); and Understanding Religious Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell). He has also produced a 36-lecture video series with the Teaching Company, entitled "Why Evil Exists." With his wife Jennifer Geddes, he is Co-Principal of one of UVA’s residential colleges, Brown College at Monroe Hill.


Volume 109

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Guests on Volume 109: Douglas Coupland, on the strange and wonderful life and thought of media guru Marshall McLuhan; Charles Mathewes, on lessons from Augustine on thinking about our political lives in theological terms; William T. Cavanaugh, on how the modern state is a unique kind of political entity, inviting a new kind of idolatry; William Dyrness, on the challenges of developing a positive theology of desire and the imagination; Steven Guthrie, on relating the Spirit's work in making us human to what happens in art and human creativity; and Susannah Clements, on the changing view of evil evident in the evolution of vampires from Bram Stoker to Sookie Stackhouse.