Brian Hamilton

What I’m writing

I write on a range of topics in social ethics and the history of Christian moral thought. Right now, most of my energy is going towards a book I’m tentatively calling Moral Failure: An Impractical Theology. I’m also writing occasionally about the medieval Franciscans, who were the subject of my doctoral work.

Moral Failure

One of the main implications of the Christian notion of original sin is that moral failure is inevitable. That’s a hard pill to swallow, but I think it’s both true and practically significant. I’m trying to write a book that argues the point. I’ve written several papers related to this project:

For the book, I’m currently working on a chapter about weakness of will. I’m also working on a related paper for the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in January. That paper will be called “What are we teaching when we teach moral deliberation?” I would be happy to share drafts of these papers if you’re interested.

Franciscan Poverty

I wrote my dissertation on the medieval Franciscans, and I still write about them occasionally. I hope one day to write a book arguing that their rendition of voluntary poverty carried serious political weight. If you’re interested, you can read the working preface to that book. But in the meantime, I’ve written a few pieces that develop some of my thinking.

Public Writing

Book Reviews