Elizabeth Sweeny Block, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
Christian Ethics; Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics; Ethics of Technology; Freedom of Conscience; Christian Theology Introduction (graduate); Feminist Theology (graduate)
Ph.D. in Religious Ethics, The University of Chicago Divinity School, 2013
M.T.S., Emory University's Candler School of Theology, 2003
B.A. in Theology and Psychology, Georgetown University, 2001
- Moral theology
- Moral anthropology
- Catholic ethics
- Social sin
Publications and Media Placements
The Engaged Conscience: Moral Agency in a Broken World, in progress
Essays and Journal Articles
“What Does God Reveal in Transgender Bodies? A Conversation on Catholic Teaching and Gender.” America. February 2023.
“Conversation: How Should Catholics Think about Gender Identity and Transgender Persons?” America. November 2022.
“Moral Freedom and Transgender Identity,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 41, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2021): 331-347
“Moral Intuition, Social Sin, and Moral Vision: Attending to the Unconscious Dimensions of Morality and Igniting the Moral Imagination,” Religions 12, no. 5 (2021): 1-15.
“White Privilege and the Erroneous Conscience: Rethinking Moral Culpability and Ignorance,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 39, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2019): 357-374
“A Call to Action: Global Moral Crises and the Inadequacy of Inherited Approaches to Conscience,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 37, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2017): 79-96
“Moral Struggle.” In Blackwell Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics, Vol. 3: Moral Issues, edited by William Schweiker, 1091-1097. Wiley-Blackwell, 2022.
“Embodied Formation, Embodied Cognition: Incorporating Neuroscientific Findings into Conscience Formation.” In Conscience and Catholic Education: Theology, Administration, and Teaching, edited by David DeCosse and Kevin Baxter, 45-60. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 2022.
“Conscience.” In T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics, edited by Tobias Winright, 71-82. London: T & T Clark, 2021.
Honors and Awards
- Nominated for CAS Service Excellence Award, 2022
- Nominated for CAS Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award, 2021
- Mellon Faculty Development Award, 2018, 2019, 2022
- Emerging Scholar in Religious Ethics, Duquesne University Center for Catholic Faith and Culture, 2018-2020
Professional Organizations and Associations
- American Academy of Religion
- Catholic Theological Society of America
- Society of Christian Ethics