Rufus Burrow Jr. is Indiana Professor of Christian Thought and Professor of Theological Social Ethics at CTS. He was appointed to the faculty in 1984. Dr. Burrow previously served as Director of the Young Adult Conservation Corps for the Pontiac (Michigan) Area Urban League. He majored in Criminal Justice at Anderson College (now Anderson University), and received the PhD degree in Social Ethics, with a minor in Philosophy of Religion, from Boston University in 1982.
Dr. Burrow, an active member in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has also served as an adult probation officer in Dayton, Ohio. He is a frequent contributor to major professional publications, including Encounter, The Western Journal of Black Studies
, The Journal of Religious Thought
, and The Personalist Forum
. In addition, Professor Burrow is author of five books: James H. Cone and Black Liberation Theology
(McFarland & Co., Inc., 1994), Personalism: A Critical Introduction
(Chalice Press, 1999), God and Human Responsibility: David Walker and Ethical Prophecy
(Mercer University Press, 2003), Daring to Speak in God's Name: Ethical Prophecy and Ministry
(The Pilgrim Press, Oct. 2002, with Mary Alice Mulligan), and Doing Ministry with One Foot in the Gutter
(The Pilgrim Press, 2003, with Mary Alice Mulligan), God and Human Dignity: The Personalism, Theology, and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2006).
The Professor has one daughter, Sheronn Lynn, and a stepson, Robert.
Under Professor Burrow's leadership students explore the role of Christians and the church in the modern world through courses such as "Prophetic and Ethical Witness of the Churches, "The Church and National Issues," and "Theological Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr."