Kerry S. Walters

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Kerry S. Walters (born 1954) is a Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College and award-winning[citation needed] author of numerous books on philosophy and religion.


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.[citation needed]

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)[edit]

  • 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. ISBN 978-0-7914-2095-9. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (1998). Benjamin Franklin and His Gods: Beyond Providence and Polytheism. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-06739-6. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (1999). Spirituality of the Handmaid: A Model for Contemporary Seekers. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-3851-7. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2000). Godlust: Facing the Demonic, Embracing the Divine. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-3915-6. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2000). Brother Lawrence and the Russian Pilgrim: Praying Ceaselessly. Saint Anthony Messenger Press. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2001). Soul Wilderness: A Desert Spirituality. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-4007-7. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2001). Growing God: A Guide for Spiritual Gardeners. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-0543-4. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2001). Practicing Presence: The Spirituality of Caring in Everyday Life. Sheed & Ward. ISBN 978-1-58051-098-1. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2002). Finding Perfect Joy with St. Francis of Assisi: 30 Reflections. Charis Books. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2002). Rufus Jones: Essential Writings. Orbis Books. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2003). Jacob's Hip: Finding God in an Anxious Age. Orbis Books. 
  • Walters, Kerry (2005). Merciful Meekness: Becoming a Spiritually Integrated Person. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-4119-7. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2008). Practicing Peace. Forward Movement. 
  • Studdert Kennedy, G. A.; Walters, Kerry S. (2008). After War, Is Faith Possible?. The Lutterworth Press. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2010). Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed. Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-2493-8. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2010). Revolutionary Deists: Early America's Rational Infidels. Prometheus Books. ISBN 978-1-61614-190-5. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2011). The Art of Dying and Living. Orbis Books. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2011). Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason: Critical Edition. Broadview Press. 
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2012). Vegetarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides For The Perplexed) [Paperback]. Continuum. 

With Lisa Portmess[edit]

  • Walters, Kerry S.; Portmess, Lisa (1999). Ethical Vegetarianism: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer. State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-4044-5. 
  • Walters, Kerry S.; Portmess, Lisa (2001). Religious Vegetarianism: From Hesiod to the Dalai Lama. State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-4972-1.