Dr. Peter Browning

Professor of Religion, Chaplain

Email: pbrowning@drury.edu
Phone: (417) 873-7231
Office: Burnham Hall, Room 211

Peter Browning is in his second incarnation at Drury having come to the university for a short stay during the eighties (1985-87) and then returning to settle down in 1991.  He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Ohio University and M.A./Ph.D. degrees in divinity from the University of Chicago.  His doctoral work was in Ethics and Society with a dissertation related to the field of medical ethics.

In 1984, he was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Browning teaches courses in Christian ethics, applied ethics, systematic theology, and the history of Christianity.  His publications are in the areas of medical ethics, sexual ethics and denominational ethical decision-making.  Browning is also on the board of the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks and is past chair of the Community Alliance for Compassionate Care at the End of Life, a former organization in the Ozarks helping people at life’s end and their families.

Peter is married to Dr. Carol Browning, professor of mathematics and computer science.  He is also a proud step-father to two adult step-children, Mac and James.  His hobbies include travel, hiking/walking and foreign language study.

Selected Publications

“Denominational Ethics, Racial-Ethnic Diversity, & the Wholeness Movement,” Encounter, (Fall, 2012), Vol. 73, No. 1:1-22.

“Moral Discernment and Mainline Protestantism: Toward a Collaborative Christian Ethic,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (Spring/Summer 2008), Vol. 28, No. 1: 109-132.

“Racial-Ethnic Diversity and the Church-Related College,” Lexington Theological Quarterly, Spring 2006, 41/1: 1-22.

“Community Care for the Dying: Beyond the Euthanasia Debate,” (Winter, 2005), Vol. 66, No. 1: 23-44.

“A Liberal Appreciation of Post-Liberalism: Implications for Denominational Ethical Decision-making and the Debate over Homosexuality,” Encounter (Spring 2000) Vol. 61, No. 2: 144-65.

"Church Talk in Christian Ethics:  Lessons from the Writing of Tex Sample and Robert Wuthnow," The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics (1998), Vol 18: 121-38.

"Homosexuality, Ordination and Polity," Quarterly Review, Summer, 1994: 161-79.

"Ethical Options in the New Genetics," Church and Society (Sept. - Oct., 1982), 73:52-62.