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.