The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr. teaches theology and ethics at Lenoir Rhyne University and Utah Valley University. He served for almost two decades as a professor of theology and ethics at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He is a popular speaker at colleges and universities, campus ministries, and churches on topics such as war and peace, the moral life, stewardship and economics, leadership and mission of the church today.
He has authored several books, including Liberation Theology After the End of History (Routledge, 2001) Just War as Christian Discipleship (Brazos, 2009), The Economy of Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World (Baker Academic, 2012) and most recently, Divinations: Theopolitics in an Age of Terror (Cascade, 2017).
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 has been active in Habitat for Humanity and prison ministry, has led study seminars to Mexico, and regularly took students on cross cultural immersion trips to Honduras and Haiti. He worked for years with active duty military chaplains in their advance civilian education program and served for several years as the General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth. KS. 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.
Prior to his seminary teaching, Dr. Bell taught at Monmouth College, Truman State University, and Meredith College. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.