Professional Bio

Dr. Conley's 2013 book, We are who we think we were: Christian History and Christian Ethics, claims that if white and male ethicists want to call for a more socially just ethic that includes the voices of marginalized peoples, the tools of postmodernism and post-structuralism - tools that open up one's memory of the past - are required. He also claims that it is necessary to learn to be more self-reflexive in order to see the important ways that one's own social locations influence the reception of non-normative voices.

Educational Profile

Ph.D., Religion and Social Change (Christian Ethics and Patristic History), University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, 2011; Dissertation: “We are Who We Think We Were: Updating the Role of Historiography in Christian Ethics.”

M.Div., Emphasis in Historical Theology and Philosophy, Truett Theological Seminary, 2004

B.A., Theology and Philosophy (Cum Laude), California Baptist University, 2001

Concentration for B.A., Oxford University, Oxford, England, 2000

Research & Scholarship


We are who we think we were: Christian History and Christian Ethics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

“Towards a Christian Ethics of Remembrance,” Kronos Theologica, Special Edition. (forthcoming).

“Loosening the Grip of Certainty: A Case-Study Critique of Tertullian, Stanley Hauerwas, and Pacifism,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 33, no. 1 (2013): 21-44.

Book Chapters

 “Augustine and Slavery,” in Augustine and Social Justice (Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation series). Teresa Delgado, et. al. eds. Lexington Books, 2015. 131-144. 

“Ethics, Enforcement and the Prospect of Professionalism,” co-authored with Bryon G. Gustafson, in Law Enforcement Ethics: Classical and Contemporary Challenges for the New Millennium. Brian Fitch ed. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2013. 159-179.
“Tertullian,” in Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Theologians from the Margins. Vol. 2. Miguel De La Torre and Stacey Floyd-Thomas eds. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2011. 19-27.


“Restitution,” in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Joel B. Green ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011. 


“Option-Based Final Projects for Creative Online Learners,” in Teaching Theology and Religion 17, no. 3 (July 2014): 222.

Book Review

2015. Rebecca Todd Peters, Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World. (Cambridge University Press, December), in Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society (forthcoming).


“Color Coded Culture: A Guideline for Grace in Parenting,” New Identity Magazine 25. Vol. 7, no. 1 (2014): 22-25.
“The Art of Suffering: On Personal Pain and Large Scale Suffering and Oppression in Society,” New Identity Magazine 24. Vol. 6, no. 4 (2014): 14-19.

Conference Presentations

2014 “History, Memory, and a Theology that Takes Sides.” Society of Christian Ethics, Seattle, WA.
2012 “The Injustices of an Outdated Historiography or How Christian pacifism does not translate easily across two millennia.” Society of Christian Ethics, Washington DC.
2011 “Theology, Architecture, and an Ethics of Remembrance.” Rocky Mountain Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO.
2010 “Whose History Counts Amidst a Hurricane of Societal Privilege?” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
2010 “Rereading Tertullian: Postcolonial and Rhetorical Insights for Engaging our World Today.” Rocky Mountain Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Omaha, NE.
2000 “Clement of Alexandria on Faith and Reason.” Faith and Reason Symposium at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford, England.

Awards & Recognition

2015 Online course development grant, Regis University
2013 Mary Jo Small Fellowship, Society for Values in Higher Education
2011 Outstanding Student Award, Iliff School of Theology
2010 University of Denver Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship
2001 Truett Theological Seminary Ministerial Scholar Award
2001 Religion Award, California Baptist University
2000 Oxford Honors Program participant
2000 Honorable mention for student paper: “Clement of Alexandria on Faith and Reason”

Community Involvment & Service