Elizabeth Agnew Cochran, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Department of Theology
Education:Ph.D., Theology, University of Notre Dame, 2007
M.Div., Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2002
B.A., English, Texas A&M University, 1999
Receptive Human Virtues: A New Reading of Jonathan Edwards' Ethics (Penn State University Press, 2011);
"Bricolage and the Purity of Traditions: Engaging the Stoics for Contemporary Christian Ethics," Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (2012):720-729. [pdf]
"Consent, Conversion, and Moral Formation: Stoic Elements in Jonathan Edwards' Ethics," Journal of Religious Ethics 39 (2011);
"The Moral Beauty of Assent: Retrieving Stoic Virtue Theory for Christian Ethics," Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 30 (2010): 117-140;
"The Imago Dei and Human Perfection: The Significance of Christology for Gregory of Nyssa's Understanding of the Human Person," Heythrop Journal 50 (2009): 402-415.
"Christian Perfection and Moral Reasoning: A Wesleyan Challenge to Dilemmas in Bioethics," Wesleyan Theological Journal 44 (2009).
"Jesus Christ and the Cardinal Virtues: A Response to Monika Hellwig," Theology Today 65 (2008): 81-94.
"Creaturely Virtues in Jonathan Edwards: The Significance of Christology for the Moral Life," Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics 27 (2007): 73-96.
"'At the Same Time Blessed and Lame:' Ontology, Christology, and Violence in Augustine and John Milbank," Journal for Christian Theological Research 11 (2006): 51-72.
"'The Full Imago Dei:' The Implications of Wesleyan Scriptural Holiness for Questions of Suffering and Disability," Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health 9 (2005): 21-46.
Protestant Theological Ethics (Ph.D.)
Elizabeth Agnew Cochran received her Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. She is the author of Receptive Human Virtues: A New Reading of Jonathan Edwards' Ethics (Penn State University Press, 2011), and of articles in several journals, including Journal of Religious Ethics and Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.
Dr. Cochran's primary research interests are in virtue ethics and the history of moral thought, with a special focus on historical Protestant theology. She is currently developing a second book-length manuscript on the interplay between Stoic philosophy and contemporary Christian virtue ethics. She has been supported in this work by a Theology of Character research grant from the Character Project at Wake Forest University and the John Templeton Foundation.