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Matthew Puffer

Matthew Puffer

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Matthew Puffer received his PhD in religious studies from the University of Virginia in 2014. His research explores the intersections of religious and practical ethics. He holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a BS in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. Puffer has published pieces in the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Modern Theology, BioLaw, and in edited volumes. Puffer also co-edited the forthcoming four-volume collection, Comparative Religious Ethics: The Major Works. His dissertation, “Augustine On the Image of God: An Ethical Analysis,” details the ethical implications of the imago dei as this concept evolves over forty-five years in Augustine’s letters, sermons, and treatises. Currently, his research compares conceptualizations of human dignity in religious and practical ethics, drawing upon broader interests in moral anthropology, comparative religious ethics, and biomedical, economic, environmental, and war and peace ethics.

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