Andrew T. Walker

Fellow

EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

In addition to his role with EPPC, Dr. Walker is an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is an Associate Dean in the School of Theology and the Executive Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. He serves as the Executive Editor of Eikon: A Journal for Biblical Anthropology, a publication of The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and is a Contributing Editor at Public Discourse, the journal of the Witherspoon Institute. He is also the Public Affairs Advisor to the Kentucky Baptist Convention and a Fellow with the Research Institute of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Dr. Walker’s analysis has been quoted among such outlets as the New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, and Vox. His scholarly publications include articles and reviews in the Oxford Journal of Church and State and The Southwestern Journal of Theology. He writes regularly for such outlets as National ReviewFirst Things, The Gospel CoalitionChristianity Today, and Public Discourse. He is the author of the award-winning God and the Transgender DebateMarriage Is: How Marriage Transforms Society and Cultivates Human Flourishing, and editor of The Gospel for Life series. He is also an editor of the forthcoming volume Explorations in Baptist Political Theology (B&H Academic) alongside Thomas Kidd and Paul Miller. He is currently at work on an edited volume with Zondervan Academic on perspectives on the natural law and also on a natural law evangelical ethics volume.

Walker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Southwest Baptist University, and he received his Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He previously served as a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation and as a Senior Fellow in Ethics at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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Does Justice or Profit Drive Abortion?

Andrew T. Walker

Whether abortion continues or abates under the Texas Heartbeat Act is a valuable opportunity to unearth what is really at the center of abortion and why it receives the degree of protection it does in our country.

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The Texas Abortion Law Is Justice on Display

Andrew T. Walker

The Texas Heartbeat Act reflects a fundamental truth of human existence: Life is good and worthy of legal recognition and legal protection. This truth reflects what ought to be a clear implication of our Declaration and our Constitution—that abortion is unconstitutional.

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Kentucky Today / September 2, 2021

Common Sense Conservatism: An Interview with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Andrew T. Walker

EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker talks with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee about his governing philosophy and the future of conservatism.

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Public Discourse / July 24, 2021

Persuasion or Discipleship? Confidence, Creation, and Reconsidering Biblical Natural Law as a Strategy for Christian…

Andrew T. Walker

The West is in the throes of a convulsive death rattle, and there is to be no renovation to Western order apart from a rehabilitation of Christian natural law ethics. But before we seek to persuade others, we need to be persuaded ourselves.

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Why We Opposed an Anti-Abortion Resolution at the Southern Baptist Convention

Andrew T. Walker

EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker co-authored the following piece with several other Southern Baptist scholars, whose names and affiliations are…

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Public Discourse / June 22, 2021

Supreme Court Delivers Big Win for Religious Liberty

Andrew T. Walker

According to the Supreme Court, what the city of Philadelphia did in refusing to offer an exemption to Catholic Social Services violates the free establishment clause of the First Amendment because it forced CSS to choose between its mission and its convictions. That’s an unworkable solution at odds with our Constitution.

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Kentucky Today / June 17, 2021

Pride Month Calls for a Response of Joyful Truth from Christians

Andrew T. Walker

As culture presses against the church, we must lean even deeper into our faith and its millennia-old teachings with unwavering confidence.

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Baptist Press / June 3, 2021

INTERVIEW: Andrew T. Walker on Religious Freedom’s Importance for a Pluralistic Age

Andrew T. Walker

EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker speaks with Charles Camosy about the common good, Catholic versus Protestant understandings of religious freedom, and his new book, Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Age.

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Crux / June 1, 2021

Thinking Christianly about Goods and Rights with Florida’s “Big Tech” Bill

Andrew T. Walker

The tension that Christians need to wrestle with is not dispensing with either procedural rights or substantive goods, but understanding how rights serve the good and under what conditions competing rights claims yield to particular goods, in this case, the good of knowledge and political discourse. There is no easy formula here. It is messy and is why Christians must think carefully about the responsibilities of a healthy social order.

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Interview with Andrew T. Walker: What Is Religious Liberty, and Why Is It Important?

Andrew T. Walker

In an interview with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker discusses his new book Liberty for All.

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Beshear Administration Discriminating Against Kentucky Baptist Adoption Provider

Andrew T. Walker

In Kentucky, the Beshear administration’s unbending commitment to the sexual revolution is forcing Sunrise Children’s Services to choose either the integrity of the organization’s convictions or its ability to serve children.

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Baptist Press / May 10, 2021

Could Religious Liberty Help End the Culture War?

Andrew T. Walker

The decline of religious liberty is a major reason our culture wars are so brutal. By looking to the government to adjudicate our divisions, we’ve outsourced debate on what is true or false.

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Newsweek / May 6, 2021