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Elizabeth Sweeny Block, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics
Theological Studies

Courses Taught

Christian Ethics, Freedom of Conscience, The Ethics of Technology


Ph.D. in Religious Ethics, The University of Chicago, 2013
M.T.S., Emory University, 2003

Research Interests

  • Conscience
  • Moral anthropology
  • Ethics of technology
  • Moral theology and social sin

Publications and Media Placements

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “White Privilege and the Erroneous Conscience: Rethinking Moral Culpability and Ignorance,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 39, no. 2 (2019), forthcoming
  • “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 (2017): 79-96.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
  • “Conscience and Moral Development” in Conscience and Catholic Education, ed. David DeCosse and Kevin Baxter (Orbis Press, forthcoming)
  • “Moral Struggle,” in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics, ed. William Schweiker, forthcoming
  • “Conscience,” in T&T Clark Companion to Christian Ethics, ed. Tobias Winright, forthcoming

Interviewed for and quoted in "The Sex Talk: Earlier is Better" in U.S. Catholic Vol. 81, No. 9 (September 2016): 12-16,

Honors and Awards

Named an “Emerging Scholar in Religious Ethics” by Duquesne University’s Center for Catholic Faith and Culture

Professional Organizations and Associations

Society of Christian Ethics; American Academy of Religion; Catholic Theological Society of America; College Theology Society; Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church; Society for the Study of Christian Ethics