Jack Hill

Jack A. Hill

Professor of Religion (Social Ethics)
Beasley Hall 317

j.hill@tcu.edu | 817-257-6453

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Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Religion, Theological and Philosophical Ethics (1988)
MA, Vanderbilt University, Religion, Theological and Philosophical Ethics (1985)
M.T.S., Harvard University Divinity School (1974)
BA, Occidental College (1971)

Courses Taught

Ethics: Christian Ethics, Constructive Global Ethics, Religion and Environmental Ethics; Faith and Ethical Leadership

Phenomenology of Religion: Understanding Religion--Aspects of Religious Traditions in Africa, India, China, Oceania & the Caribbean

Religion in Geographical Context: Ethics, Spirituality and the Scottish Heritage; The African Diaspora: The Caribbean

Areas of Focus

Comparative Ethics: moral ethnography of Rastafari, South African freedom fighters, Polynesian storytellers; Philosophical Ethics: Scottish Enlightenment; Interpretive Sociology of Religion: Caribbean


Adam Ferguson and Ethical Integrity: The Man and His Prescriptions for the Moral Life (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017.

Ethics in the Global Village: Moral Insights for the Post 9-11 USA (Santa Rosa, CA: Polebridge Press, 2008).

Seeds of Transformation: Discerning the Values of the Next Generation (Pietermaritzburg [South Africa]: Cluster Publications, 1998).

I-Sight: The World of Rastafari: An Interpretive Sociological Account of Rastafarian Ethics, American Theological Library Association Monograph Series, no. 35 (Metuchen, NJ and London: ATLA and Scarecrow Press, 1995).


Ethical Principles: Reflections on the Moral Life with Special Application to the South Pacific Context ([B50BD04]. Suva, Fiji: Pacific Theological College Publications, 2015).

Chapters in Books:

“Images of Religion in South Pacific Fiction: An Interpretation of Pouliuli,” in Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by Jeffrey W. Hunter (Detroit: Gale, 2012), 195-205. (This chapter also appeared in Literature and Theology: An International Journal of Theory and Criticism [Oxford University Press] 17/2: 182-200.)

“Religious Ethics, Moral Values, and Standards of Human Conduct,” in An Introduction to Religious Studies, edited by Paul O. Myhre (Winona, MN: Anselm Academic Press, 2009), 79-96.


“Marx’s Reading of Ferguson and the Idea of Progress,” Journal of Scottish Philosophy 11/2 (Fall 2013): 167-90.

“The Relevance of Religion for Addressing the Ecological Crisis,” Religion and Ecology panel, 12th International Environmental Sustainability Symposium, Francis Manchester College, Oxford, UK, 21 July 2016.

“Ferguson’s Concept of Probity as a Heuristic Normative Action Guide,” Adam Ferguson and the Moral Life panel, 47th American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting and 29th Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, 2 April 2016.

“The Enlightenment and Diversity: Adam Ferguson’s Engagement with the ‘Other’,” Ethics, Society & Culture section, Annual Meeting of the Southwest Commission for Religious Studies, Irving, TX, 12 March 2016.

“Adam Ferguson’s Idea of the ‘Commercial Arts,’” Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society “Conference within the Congress,” 14th International Congress for 18th-Century Studies, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 29 July 2015.

“Adam Ferguson’s Concept of Sociability as a Criterion for Civilization,” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies & Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Conference, Delta Montréal Hotel, Montréal, Québec, 16 October 2014.

“A Non-Sectarian Aspect of Ferguson’s View of Religion: The Principle of Existence & Human Mortality” (‘Adam Ferguson and Religion’ panel), Spring Conference: ‘Religion in the Scottish Enlightenment’, Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, 15 March 2014.

“Conjectural History as Mediator between Theological Ethics and Social Science: The Surprising Relevance of Adam Ferguson’s Moral Philosophy,” Theology and Ethics Research Seminar, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 5 February 2014. 2013

“Adam Ferguson’s Discourse on “Rude Nations”—An Implicit Critique of Empire from an Unlikely Source,” 26th Annual Conference, Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, University of Paris, Sorbonne, 4 July 2013.

Phi Beta Kappa

Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship (Distinguished Chair) at Aberdeen University, Scotland; and Research Fellow, Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen (2013-14)

President, Southwest Region of the American Academy of Religion, U.S.A. (2013)

TCU RCAF Grant, “Resources for Teaching Ethics across Cultures,” Edinburgh University, Scotland, 10-31 July (2011)

TCU Faculty Distinguished Lecture Series Award (2008)

Individual Study Leave Grant, “Teaching Ethics in the Borderlands,” Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion (2006-07)

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, U.S. Department of Education—travel & research on religion and society in India and Sri Lanka, 10 June-27 July (2003)

Junior Scholar Grant, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies—for research on moral experience in Tokelau Islands (2002)

American Academy of Religion Individual Research Assistance Grant (2001)

Carter Woodson Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Afro-American and African Studies, University of Virginia at Charlottesville (1986-88)

Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship (Woodrow Wilson International) (1986-87)

Ordained Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S., and Canada

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion (honorary member)
  • Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Ethics Editor—Religious Studies Review (the premier review journal in the field)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Pacific Journal of Theology
  • Ethics Consultant—for churches, seminaries and universities in the U.S. & Africa
  • Coordinator—Programme for Peace and Justice, Centre for Constructive Theology, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa
  • Member, Ecumenical Relations Commission of the Disciples of Christ in Jamaica, and the Caribbean Regional Committee of the World Council of Churches’ program on “The Community of Women and Men in the Church”
  • Member, Fiji Council of Churches Research Group for Contextual Theology
  • Co-Coordinator, Pedagogy Group, Society of Christian Ethics
  • Chair, Accreditation Committee of the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools
  • Service to the church as a representative of TCU’s Religion Department on the Regional Committee on Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest