United Theological Seminary


Rufus Burrow, Jr.


Distinguished Visiting Professor of
Theological Social Ethics
and Black Church Leadership

Appointed 2015

B.A. Anderson University
M.T.S. Boston University
Ph.D. Boston University Graduate School

Teaching and Research
Theological/Social ethics
Philosophy/Sociology of religion
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Liberation theologies
Afrikan American, womanist, mujerista, Native American, and Latin American experiences
Black religio‑cultural experience
Church and the urban poor

(a sampling since 2000)

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Theology of Resistance

Jefferson, NC: McFarland, December 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. for Armchair Theologians

Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009

Standing in the Margin: How Your Congregation Can Minister with the Poor (and perhaps recover its soul in the process)

Co-authored with Mary Alice Mulligan

Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004

God and Human Responsibility: David Walker & Ethical Prophecy

Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2003

daring to speak in God’s name: Ethical Prophecy in Ministry

Co-authored with Mary Alice Mulligan

Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2002

Book Chapters
(since 2000)

“Graham, King, and the Beloved Community.” The Legacy of Billy Graham: Critical Reflections on America’s Greatest Evangelist. Edited by Michael G. Long. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.

“Borderline Ethics and Intra-Community Violence and Murder among Young Afrikan American Males.” Theology in Global Context. Edited by Amos Yong and Peter Heltzel. New York and London: T&T Clark International, 2004.

“Personalism, the Objective Moral Order, and Moral Law in the Work of Martin Luther King, Jr.” The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Boundaries of Law, Politics, and Religion. Lewis V. Baldwin. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2002.

“W.E.B. DuBois and the Intersection of Race and Sex in the Twenty-First Century.” Dubois and Race: Essays on the Centennial Publication of The Souls of Black Folk. Edited by Chester J. Fontenot. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2001.

Articles and Reviews
(a sampling since 2005)

“Responses to Dwayne Tunstall and Lewis V. Baldwin.” The Pluralist 6.1 (Spring 2011); 30-45.

“Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India,” by Joseph Lelyveld. CTSBookBlog (June 1, 2011).

“What Would Martin Say?,” by Clarence B. Jones. Encounter 70.1 (Winter 2009): 67-69.

“Liberal Protestantism and Science,” by Leslie A. Muray. Encounter 70.4 (Fall 2009): 73-77.

“Racism, White Privilege, and a Seminary’s Pro-Reconciliation Initiative.” Encounter 68.1 (Winter 2007): 1-17.

“The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War,” by Elisabeth Sifton. Encounter 68.4 (Fall 2007): 67-70.

“Between Cross and Crescent: Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Malcolm and Martin,” by Lewis V. Baldwin and Amiri YaSin Al-Hadid. The Western Journal of Black Studies 30.4 (Winter 2006): 35-36.

“A Black Political Theology,” by DeOtis Roberts. Journal of Church and State 48.2 (Spring 2006): 457-58.

“Martin Luther King, the Church, and a Value-Fused Universe.” Encounter 66.3 (2005): 199-220.


Review on CTS Book Blog