Paul Martens, Ph.D.

Paul Martens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Ethics
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Associate Professor of Ethics

  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2005
  • Th.M. Regent College (Vancouver), 2000
  • M.C.S. Regent College (Vancouver), 1997
  • B.A. Providence College (Manitoba), 1994

Dr. Martens, born and raised on the Canadian prairies, has been teaching at Baylor since 2006. He graduated with a PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 and spent the subsequent year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Notre Dame. Specializing in Christian ethics, his research focuses on global ethics (especially interreligious engagements), natural law, and Anabaptist theology and ethics. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with family and cycling the many gravel roads of Texas.

Academic Interests and Research

Christian theological ethics; global ethics; interreligious engagement; human dignity; Protestant retrievals of natural law; Søren Kierkegaard, Anabaptist theology and ethics

Select Publications

Michael Mawson and Paul Martens, Eds. The Ethics of Grace: Engaging Gerald McKenny, London: T&T Clark, 2022.

Paul Martens. “Friendship and the Future of Interreligious Cooperation.” International Journal of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies 5.2 (2022): 27-33.

Laura Schmidt Roberts, Paul Martens, and Myron A. Penner, Eds. Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision: New Essays in Anabaptist Identity and Theological Method, London: T&T Clark, 2020.

Laura Lysen and Paul Martens. “How Can We Love Our Enemies When We Kill Our Friends? Reframing the Neo-Anabaptist/Neo-Augustinian Divide.” Modern Theology 36.3 (2020): 462-77.

Paul Martens “Back to the Basics: The Resurgence of Moral Formation in American Protestant Ethics.” Studies in Christian Ethics 33.1 (2019): 85-94.

Paul Martens. Reading Kierkegaard I: A Guide to Fear and Trembling. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017.

Paul Martens. “Virtue and Character.” In The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought (214-226).  Joel D. S. Rasmussen, Judith Wolfe, and Johannes Zachhuber, Eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Paul Martens and C. Stephen Evans, Eds. Kierkegaard and Christian Faith, Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016.

Courses Taught at Baylor
  • REL 1350 Christian Heritage
  • REL 3390 Christian Ethics
  • REL 3394 War and Peace in the Christian Tradition
  • REL 4393 Environmental Ethics
  • REL 5393 Contemporary Problems in Christian Ethics