Dr. Robert Benne

Professor of Theological Ethics


phone: (540) 375-2378


Robert Benne received his Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1970 and is a permanent faculty member in the graduate school of ILT. He is also Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion Emeritus and Founding Director of the Robert D. Benne Center for Religion and Society at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia.  



• Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School, 1970

• MA University of Chicago Divinity School, 1963

• BA Midland University, 1959



• Institute of Lutheran Theology, Graduate Programs

• Roanoke College, Religion/Philosophy, Jordan Trexler Professor Emeritus and Research Associate, (present) 

• Jordan-Trexler Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Roanoke for eighteen years

• Professor of Church and Society at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for seventeen years



• Benne, R. (2010, Eerdmans) Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics

• Benne, R. (2009, Eerdmans, edited by Michael Shahan) a Festschrift in his honor entitled A Report from the Front Lines-Conversations in Public Theology 

• Benne, R. (2005, Concordia) Reasonable Ethics:  A Christian Approach to Social, Economic, and Political Concerns 

• Benne, R. (2001, Eerdmans) Quality With Soul:  How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with their Religious Traditions 

• Benne, R. (1999) Why Bother?  A Whole Vision for a Whole People 

• Benne, R. (1998) Seeing Is Believing:  Visions of Life Through Film 

• Benne, R. (1995) The Paradoxical Vision:  A Public Theology for the Twenty-first Century 

• Benne, R. (1988 and 2003) Ordinary Saints:  An Introduction to the Christian

• Benne, R. (1981). The Ethic of Democratic Capitalism: A Moral Reassessment Life 

• Benne, R. (1974). Defining America:  A Christian Critique of the American Dream 

• Benne, R. (1971). Wandering in the Wilderness:  Christians and the New Culture

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