Lloyd Steffen
Brown University, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion Studies, University Chaplain, Director of the Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality/Lehigh Prison Project
Professor of Religion Studies
The Dialogue Center, 661 Taylor Street, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015 Room 202 661 Taylor Street


Ethics and Experience:  From Just War to Abortion, Lanham,MD:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.

Holy War, Just War:  Exploring the Moral Meaning of Religious Violence  (Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

New Perspectives on the End of Life:  Essays on Care and the Intimacy of Dying, eds. Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman, Oxford:  Inter-Discipinary Press, 2012).

Death, Dying, Culture:  An Interdisciplinary Interrogation.  Edited and introduction by Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman.  Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2013.

Re-Imaging Death and Dying:  Global Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  Edited and introduction by Dennis R. Cooley and Lloyd Steffen.  Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009.

In Good Conscience:  Guidelines for the Ethical Provision of Health Care in a  Pluralistic Society (a co-author; information and text of document available at www.rcrc.org.)


“Religion and Violence in Christianity,” Chapter 5, Oxford Handbook on Religion and Violence, ed. Mark Juergensmeyer, Michael Jerryson, and Margo Kitts. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013:  169-206. 

“Moral Death,” in New Perspectives on the End of Life: Essays on Care and the Intimacy of Dying, Lloyd Steffen and Nate  Hinerman, eds. (Oxford: InterDisciplinary Press, 2013), 131-143.

“On Kevorkian, Vivisection and Beneficent Execution,” in Death, Dying, Culture:  An Interdisciplinary Interrogation.  Edited and introduction by Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman.  Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2012: 107-16.

“Stop the Killing: The Protections of ‘Just War’ on Non-Combatants,” in Unequal before Death, ed. Christina Staudt and Marcelline Block (Newcastle upon Tyne:  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012):  204-12.

"The Divine Foetus:  Abortion and Absolute Innocence," in Pondering Death:  Interdisciplinary Reflections and Perspectives, ed.Asa Kasher (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2012):  in press.

"The Ethics of Physician Assisted Suicide," in Pondering Death:  Interdisciplinary Reflections and Perspectives, ed.Asa Kasher (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2012):  in press.

“The Ethical Complexity of Abraham Lincoln:  Is There Something for Religious Ethicists to Learn?”, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 31.2: 74-99.

“Human Rights:  Virtue’s Last Resort?”, Global Virtue Ethics Review,  Volume 6, no. 3. 

“Commentary” for Wiley-Blackwell Exchange on-line Conference, ‘The Changing Face of War,’ 14‐20 November  2011,  <http://wileyblackwellexchanges.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/fiala_commentary2_lloyd-steffen.pdf>

“Moral Death:  Preliminary Considerations,” in Exploring Issues of Care, Dying and the End of Life, eds. Sue Steele & Glenys Caswell, Probing the Boundaries Series, Vol. 152  (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011: 3-10.  (Proceedings from 7th Global Death and Dying Conference, Prague: November 2010.)

“Warfare Deaths:  Ethical and Religious Understanding in the American Context,” Religion, Death and Dying [Three Volumes], Volume 2:  Special Issues, ed. Lucy Bregman, (Santa Barbara, CA, Oxford, UK: Praeger, 2009): 183-208.

“The Ethics of Patient Non-Treatment,” Re-Imaging Death and Dying: Global Interdisciplinary Perspectives, eds., Dennis R. Cooley and Lloyd Steffen (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009): 211-224.

 “Nonviolence as Ethical Spirituality:  The Case of the Dalai Lama,” Prajñā Vihāra:  Journal of Philosophy and  Religion, Vol. 10, no. 1 & 2 (January-December, 2009):  112-135. 

"Casting the First Stone:  Capital Punishment is Still a Moral Problem,"Viewpoints:  Readings Worth Thinking and Writing About, 7th edition, ed. W. Royce Adams, (Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth, 2009):  436-441.

Gandhi's Nonviolent Resistance:  A Justified Use of Force?", Journal of Philosophy and the Contemporary World 15: 1 (June 2008):  68-80.

"Physician Assisted Suicide:  A New Approach,” Mortality, Dying and Death, T. Chandler Haliburton and Caroline Edwards, eds., (Oxford:  Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2008):  183-205.

"Demonic Religion and Violence," in Arvind Sharma, ed., The World's Religions after September 11, Vol. I:  Religion, War and Peace [Four Volumes], New York:  Praeger, 2008:  19-29.

"The Presumption of Peace:  Where Just War and Non-Violent Resistance Meet (and Diverge), Jason Daverth, ed., Conflict and Conciliation:  Faith and Politics in an Age of Global Dissonance (Dublin, Ireland:  Columba Press, 2007):  20-38.

"What Religion Contributes to an Environmental Ethic,"  Environmental Ethics, Vol. 29 (Summer 2007):  193-208.

"The Death of Innocents:  Noncombatant Immunity v. the Divine Fetus," in Layers of Death and Dying, ed. Kate Woodthorpe (Oxford: The Inter- Disciplinary Press, 2007):  97-106.


Review:  Eric A. Seibert, The Violence of Scripture:  Overcoming the Old Testament’s Troubling Legacy. forthcoming, Political Theology.       

Review:  David K. Chan, Beyond Just War: A Virtue Ethics Approach,” CHOICE Vol. 50, no. 11(July 2013), 2026-27.

Review: Thomas Banchoff and Robert Wuthnow, Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2011.  Political Theology:  An International Journal, Vol. 13, no. 6 (December 2012):  665-67.  (DOI: 10.1558/poth.v13i6.795) Actual publication date February 21, 2013)

Review:  Sohail H. Hashmi, Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads:  Christian, Jewish and Muslim Encounters and Exchanges,  CHOICE Vol. 50, no 5 (January  2013):  893-94.

Review:  Stephen D. Schwartz with Kiki Latimer, Understanding Abortion:  From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought, CHOICE 49, no. 12 (August 2012):  2295-2296.

Review:  Nathan Eckstrand and Christopher Yates, Philosophy and the Return of Violence:  Studies from this Widening Gyre, CHOICE, Vol. l49, no. 1 (September 2011): 126.

Review:  Andrew L. Gluck, ed., Religion, Fundamentalism and Violence:  An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, CHOICE, Vol. 48, no. 7 (March 2011): p. 1307.

 Review:  Nancy Loucks, Sally Smith Holt, and Joanna R. Adler, Why We Kill:  Understanding Violence Across Cultures and Disciplines, CHOICE Vol. 47, no. 11(July 2010):  2152.   

 Review:  Miguel A. De La Torres, Liberating Jonah:  Forming an Ethic of Reconciliation, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, vol. 30, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2010):  219-21.

 Review:  John J. DaPoint, Hope in an Age of Terror, CHOICE, Vol. 47, no. 8 (April 2010): 1492.

 Review:  Thomas Brudholm and Thomas Cushman, eds., The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, CHOICE, Vol. 46, no. 12 (August, 2009): 2320.

 Review: Roger S. Gottlieb, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology,” Environmental Ethics, Vol. 30 (Winter, 2008):  439-42.

 Review: Charlene P. E. Burns, More Moral than God:  Taking Responsibility for Religious Violence, CHOICE, Vol. 46, no. 10 (June 2009):  1949.

 Review: Ronald Cole-Turner, Design and Destiny:  Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification,” (Cambridge:  MIT Press, 2008); CHOICE, Vol. 45, no. 12 (August, 2008): p. 2190

 Review: Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim, eds., On Violence: A Reader (Durham:  Duke University Press, 2007), CHOICE (Vol. 45, no. 10, June 2008): P. 1781.

 Review: David L. Clough & Brian Stiltner, Faith and Force:  A Christian Debate About War (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2007), CHOICE (Vol. 45, no. 06, February 2008): 994.

Review: Judith W. Kay:  Murdering Myths:  The Story Behind the Death Penalty, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 33, no. 3 (July 2007):  227.

Public Writings

“What Turning Points Mean in Life and Faith,” Morning Call, Faith and Values Column, June 1, 2013:  Life 7.       
Web published May 31 at http://articles.mcall.com/2013-05-31/features/mc-faith-steffen-0601-20130531_1_faith-and-values-god-moment

“On Teachers, Questions and a Critical Spirituality,” Morning Call, Faith and Values Column, February 16, 2013:  Life 7. Web published at:  http://www.mcall.com/features/ religion/mc-faith-steffen- question-religion- 20130215,0,2084538.story.

“A Key to Happiness:  You Can’t Be Too Kind,” “Faith and Values” column, The Morning Call, Saturday, November 4, 2012: LIFE 7.Web published at: http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-faith-steffan-1110-0121109,0,5122063.story

“Better Leadership is Shaped by Spirituality,” “Faith and Values” column, The Morning Call, Saturday, August 4, 28, 2012: LIFE 7. Web published as:“On Leadership and Spirituality,” http://articles.mcall.com/2012-08-03/entertainment/mc-faith-0804-20120803_1_leadership-charismatic -leaders-spiritual-concerns

“Religious Experience and Ordinary Believers,” “Faith and Values” column, The Morning Call, Saturday, April 28, 2012: LIFE 7. Web published at: http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-features-faithsteffan-20120428,0,2927455.story.  Reprinted as “Religion for the Rest of Us,” athttp://www.realclearreligion.org/2012/04/28/religion_for_the_rest_of_us_247537.html      

“What is it that Makes Religion Good?”, “Faith and Values” column, The Morning Call, Saturday, January 21,2012: LIFE 7.  Web published at   http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-features-faithsteffen-201201 21,0,4762457.story

“Global Values, Global Religion and Dialogue,” “Faith and Values” column, The Morning Call, Saturday,October 22, 2011:  LIFE 7.
Web published at published  at http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-features-faithsteffan-20111022,0,1682261.story

“Fly Speck Thinking and Faith,” “Faith and Values” column, The Morning Call, Friday, July 22, 2011:  LIFE 8. Web published at  http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-features-faithsteffan-20110722,0,2796379.story.

 “Welcoming Surprise in the Spiritual Life,”  “Faith and Values” column,  Morning Call, Saturday, April 23, 2011: p. GO 4.   Web published at:http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-features-faithsteffen-20110423,0,5155677.story

 “On the Record:  Steffen on Roe v. Wade,” interview/op-ed, published on main Lehigh University web page, January 24, 2011 at: http://www4.lehigh.edu/news/newsarticle.aspx?Channel=%2fChannels%2fNews%3a+2010&WorkflowItemID=94abda8c-6d96-498f-ad65-421ab370e216

 “Obesity as a Spiritual Disorder,” “Faith and Values” Column, The Morning Call, Saturday, January 22, 2011:  p. GO 4.  Web published at: http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-features-faithsteffan-20110122,0,1616725.story

 “On Tea Parties, Covenants and Public Happiness,” “Faith and Values” Column, The Morning Call, Saturday,November 12,  2010:  p.  D. 4.  Web published at: http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-features-faithsteffan-20101112,0,1420116.story.

             (and others)

“The Oil Spill:  A Spiritual Response,” The Morning Call, Faith and Values Column, Saturday, June 26, 2010:  p.  D. 4. Web  published at http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/mc-features-faithsteffen-  20100625,0,4518702.story.  Reprinted:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/economy-business-finance/energy-resource-industries/petroleum-industry/bp-plc-ORCRP002197.topic.   

“Purity, Religion—and the Film Avatar,” The Morning Call, Faith and Values Column, Saturday, March 13,  2010:  p.  GO 4. Web published at  http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/all-faith-steffen.7204088mar13,0,7347063.story. Reprinted many places, including India Times http://oneclick.indiatimes.com/article/01PwaykdMK1r0

"Lincoln's Faith:  A Model for Today?"  The Morning Call, Faith and Values column, November 20, 2009:  GO 9.  web published at www.mcall.com/features/religion/all-faithsteffen.7084013nov21,0,7250522.story.

"Why Spiritual Life is Not a Competition,” The Morning Call, Faith and Values Column, Saturday, August 8, 2009: p.  GO 7. web published at:  http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/all-faithsteffen.6977951aug08,0,6393957.story

“Reflecting on Justice and Forgiveness,” The Morning Call, “Faith and Values" Column, Saturday, April 11, 2009: p. D7, D9. web published at: http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/all-d7_faithsteffen.6846565apr11,0,7967963.story

“Tough Questions at Christmas,” The Morning Call, “Faith and Values" Column, Saturday, December 20, 2008: p. D6, D7. web published at: http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/all-faithsteffen.6709960dec20,0,5349952.story

"Living the Questions,"  The Morning Call, "Faith and Values" Column, Saturday, September 13, 2008:  D 7.

“Dalai Lama tells us to ‘Reprioritize, Revalue," The Morning Call, Wednesday, July 9, 2008: A 13.  (web published several places internationally, (e.g. http://www.tibet.ca/en/newsroom/wtn/3097http://temp.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=21906&t=1&c=4.

"The Prophetic Voice and the Problem of Cultural Difference,” The Morning Call, Saturday, May 10, 2008: D7, D9.

“The Spiritual Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.”, The Morning Call, “Faith and Values Column,” Saturday, January 19, 2008: D7, D9.  Reprinted various places on web, e.g.,:  http://blackpoliticsontheweb.com/?p=459.

 “Time Out to Reexamine Executions,”  Express-Times,  Thursday, October 18, 2007:   A6.  <www.pennlive.com/letters/expresstimes/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1192680543172160.xml>

“Mother Teresa’s Saintly Struggles,” The Morning Call, Saturday, September 15, 2007:  D7, D9.

“Rethinking Suffering,” The Morning Call, Saturday, May 19, 2007:  D9, 11.

“What Makes A Prophet?”  Faith and Values Column ( “People with good will. . . .”), The Morning Call, Saturday, February 17, 2007:  D9, D11. 

Talks and Lectures 2008


Courses Taught

For information about activities of the Chaplain's Office and Steffen's role as University Chaplain or Director of the Lehigh University Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality, go to  Chaplain's Office or to The Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality.