Professor of Theology and Ethics
The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr., is Professor of Theology and Ethics at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. He is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. A graduate of Stetson University in Florida, he earned the Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. (in theology and ethics) from Duke University where he worked with Dr. Stanley Hauerwas. He has authored several books, including Liberation Theology After the End of History (Routledge, 2001) Just War as Christian Discipleship (Brazos, 2009), and The Economy of Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World (Baker Academic, 2012).
Dr. Bell is a popular speaker at colleges and universities, campus ministries, and churches on topics such as war and peace, the moral life, stewardship, and mission of the church today. He has presented papers before distinguished organizations such as the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Irish School of Ecumenics. His work has appeared in various journals including Christianity Today, The Christian Century, Modern Theology, Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Communio, Cross-Currents, and Studies in Christians Ethics.
A gifted scholar and an enthusiastic teacher, Dr. Bell is active in Habitat for Humanity and prison ministry, has led study seminars to Mexico, and regularly takes students on cross cultural immersion trips to Honduras and Haiti. He has worked for years with active duty military chaplains in their advance civilian education program and he currently serves as the General Hugh Shelton Chair of Ethics at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth. KS. His personal interests include travel, reading novels, weightlifting, and volunteer work. He also serves as the Director of Methodist Studies.
Prior to joining the Southern Seminary faculty in 2000, Dr. Bell taught at Monmouth College, Truman State University, and Meredith College.