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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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.

Articles

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.

Articles, Interviews

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

What We Lose in the Decline of Cultural Christianity

Andrew T. Walker

Faithfulness in the culture requires simultaneously insisting on orthodox Christianity’s contribution to the common good and refusing to allow influence over the common good to be a measure of that same orthodoxy’s credibility.

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The Gospel Coalition / May 5, 2021

A Baptist and a Presbyterian Walk into a…Potluck to Debate Theonomy: A Reply to Jake…

Andrew T. Walker

To say that the Ten Commandments are a codified expression of the natural law says nothing about which aspects of the natural law are to be enforced in civil law.

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American Culture Is Broken. Is Theonomy the Answer?

Andrew T. Walker

A theological system that seems incapable of existing apart from state sanction is not a system confident in the church’s structure or mission as laid out in the New Testament. It might demand free-market economics, but what results is statist theology.

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The Gospel Coalition / March 31, 2021

Embattled on All Sides, Does Religious Liberty Have a Future?

Andrew T. Walker

The allure of moral, religious, and cultural uniformity mustn’t come at the expense of religious freedom.

Articles

The Gospel Coalition / March 25, 2021

Lessons for Streaming Synagogues from the Evangelical Experience

Andrew T. Walker

The digital forces now at work on Jewish communities reflect a challenge that American churches have been wrestling with for decades now.

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Mosaic / March 8, 2021

Look Up, Not Around: Why My Faith Is in Christ, Not Christians

Andrew T. Walker

If looking to inerrant Christians throughout history were what it took to persuade people to become Christians, the Great Commission would have gone no further than Christ himself.

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The Equality Act Is Farewell To A Christian Metaphysic

Andrew T. Walker

By redefining the human person, we leave behind the moral imagination that built our civilization.

Articles

The American Conservative / February 24, 2021