Director Welcomes New Senior Colleague

by William Storrar

The Director, Dr. William Storrar, is honored to announce the appointment of a new senior colleague on his staff, Dr. Robin Lovin (above right), who will serve as Director of Research at CTI for a three-year period from July 2013. Dr. Lovin will be responsible for directing the residential research program and advising the Director on the longer-term development of the Center’s research agenda. He has already been working closely with Dr. Storrar as a co-leader of CTI’s long-term project on religion and international law, and as project leader for the three-year interdisciplinary research program in theology, science, and law currently underway with the support of a $3.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Dr. Lovin is one of the world’s foremost Christian ethicists. He has just retired as the Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he had previously served as Dean of its Perkins School of Theology. Before coming to SMU in 1994, Lovin was Dean of the Drew University Theological School and held faculty positions at the University of Chicago and Emory University.  He is a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He is currently a distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where he is the Cary and Ann Maguire Professor in Ethics and American History at the library’s John W. Kluge Center. Lovin is the author of numerous books and papers, including most recently An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues (2011), Christian Realism and the New Realities (2008) and Christian Ethics: An Essential Guide (1999).

When Lovin retired at SMU, a senior colleague there said of him, "Robin is one of those people who inspires you to probe your own assumptions and values to determine if you’ve set them appropriately high." CTI’s Director William Storrar warmly concurs with that testimony: “It is these same intellectual abilities and personal qualities that will inspire the work of our resident scholars here over the next three years. I am personally delighted to welcome Robin as my senior colleague in the mission he has already done so much to advance.” Commenting on his new appointment, Dr. Lovin said,

"Being Director of Research at CTI is a unique opportunity to focus creative thinking on the most important problems facing theology and society. It's the one place I know where I can use everything I've learned in thirty years of teaching and academic administration and still have a chance to do something new."