Walters earned his BA (Philosophy, 1976) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, his MA (Philosophy, 1980) at Marquette University, and his PhD (Philosophy, 1985) at the University of Cincinnati. He has taught at Gettysburg College since 1985. He writes on Christian mysticism, atheism, the ethics of diet, Christian pacifism, critical thinking, and deism in early America. His 1998 book Benjamin Franklin and His Gods is regarded as the definitive study of Franklin's religion.
Walters has held the William Bittinger Chair of Philosophy since 2000. Prior to that, he served as the Edwin T. and Cynthia Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor. Walters is an ordained clergyman in the Episcopal church.
Works (some are co-authored, or Walters wrote only the Introduction)
Walters, Kerry S. (1989). The Sane Society in Modern Utopianism: A Study in Ideology. Edwin Mellen Press.
Walters, Kerry S. (1990). Elihu Palmer's Principles of Nature: Text and Commentary. Longwood Press. – Introduction
Walters, Kerry S. (1992). The American Deists: Voices of Reason and Dissent in the Early Republic. University Press of Kansas.
Walters, Kerry S. (1992). Rational Infidels: the American Deists. Longwood Academic.
Walters, Kerry S. (1994). Re-Thinking Reason: New Perspectives in Critical Thinking. State University of New York Press. ISBN978-0-7914-2095-9.
Walters, Kerry S. (1998). Benjamin Franklin and His Gods: Beyond Providence and Polytheism. University of Illinois Press. ISBN978-0-252-06739-6.
Walters, Kerry S. (1999). Spirituality of the Handmaid: A Model for Contemporary Seekers. Paulist Press. ISBN978-0-8091-3851-7.
Walters, Kerry S. (2000). Godlust: Facing the Demonic, Embracing the Divine. Paulist Press. ISBN978-0-8091-3915-6.
Walters, Kerry S. (2000). Brother Lawrence and the Russian Pilgrim: Praying Ceaselessly. Saint Anthony Messenger Press.