Charles McDaniel, Ph.D.

Charles McDaniel, Ph.D.
Faculty Assistant Director in the Honors Program; Associate Professor, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core
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Faculty Assistant Director in the Honors Program


  • B.A. in Business Administration in Management/Statistics, Baylor University, 1980
  • M.A. in Economics, University of Missouri, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Church-State Studies (an interdisciplinary program combining political science, religion, history, and philosophy), Baylor University, 2002


Charles McDaniel joined the Honors College in 2008 and teaches Social World I and II as well as World Cultures IV in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC). He also teaches courses in the areas of church history, religion and law, and Christian social thought through Baylor’s J. M. Dawson Institute.

McDaniel has numerous publications in books and scholarly journals on subjects ranging from the Protestant Reformation to Christian and Muslim economic thought. His book, God and Money: The Moral Challenge of Capitalism, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2007, and in 2016, Routledge published a second book Civil Society and the Reform of Finance: Taming Capital, Reclaiming Virtue.

Academic Interests and Research

American Christian economic thought, Christian realism, Islamic economics, Christian ethics and technology, Christianity and eugenics 

Professional Awards/Activities/Grants/Fellowships/Community Service

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies (July 2002-March 2007); Lecturer (March 2007-August 2008)
  • Faculty Advisor – Baylor University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (2004-present)
  • Faculty Advisor – Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority (2006-2008)
  • Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum – Member (2015 – 2016)
  • Society for Business Ethics – Member (2006 -2008)
  • Association of Christian Economists – Member (2003-2007)
  • Book Review Editor for the Journal of Church and State
  • All of God’s Children – Advisory Board Member (2006-2007):  Interfaith group dedicated to establishing relationships among children of diverse religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds through the sponsorship of children’s camps and workshops.
  • Summer Research Fellow 2004: Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (Victoria University, University of Toronto); funded by grant received through the Baylor University Research Committee to study early Protestant influence in the reform of the natural sciences.
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion – Member (2003)
  • Southwestern Political Science Association – Member (2003)
  • Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty – Cook Fellow (2001)
  • American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities – Member (2000-2001)
  • Liberty Fund Colloquium – Panelist for the “Religious and Moral Foundations for Human Liberty” conference co-sponsored by the Acton Institute (June 2002; honorarium received).
  • Heart of Texas Soccer Association (2001-2002)–Board member and League Commissioner (Girls U10)
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics – Member (1995 to 1997)

Selected Books

  • Civil Society and the Reform of Finance: Taming Capital, Reclaiming Virtue (Routledge, 2016)
  • God and Money: The Moral Challenge of Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

Selected Research Articles/Book Chapters

  • “Political Polarization and the Churches: Tocqueville on Religion and Democracy”; scheduled for publication in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (July, 2018)
  • “Education without Indoctrination: Teaching Ethics in the Interdisciplinary Core Program of a Religiously Affiliated University” (co-authored with Paul Carron); scheduled for Teaching Ethics (Spring 2019)
  • “In What Sense Christian? The Humane Economic Ethic of Wilhelm Röpke,” Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 44, Issue 1 (March 2016): 116–147.
  • “Financialization and the Changing Face of Poverty,” Religion and Society Supplement Series Thematic Issue: “The Bible, the Economy, and the Poor” Supplement 10 (2014): 190-216. “The Role of Human Security in the Contest Between the Egyptian Government and the Muslim Brotherhood, 1980-2010,” in Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective, eds. James K. Wellman, Jr. and Clark B. Lombardi (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 48-66.
  • “Reviving Old Debates: Austrian, Post-Keynesian, and Distributist Views on Financial Crisis,” Journal of Markets and Morality 15, no. 1 (2012): 37-63.
  • “Martin Luther and John Henry Newman: Balancing Heart and Mind in Higher Education,” [co-authored with Vance E. Woods] Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXIII (2011): 19-40.
  • “Theology of the ‘Real Economy’: Christian Economic Ethics in an Age of Financialization,” Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, vol. 2/iss. 2 (Summer 2011): 1-29.
  • “Sergei Bulgakov’s ‘Philosophy of Economy’: A Resource for Economic Bridge-Building between Islam and the West,” Religion, State and Society, vol. 36/4 (2008): 451-467.
  • “The Decline of the Separation Principle in the Baptist Tradition of Religious Liberty,” Journal of Church and State 50 (Summer 2008): 413-430.
  • “Violent Yearnings for the Kingdom of God: Münster’s Aberrant Anabaptism”; a chapter in Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007)
  • Co-authored with Derek H. Davis the chapter “Religious Advocacy under the First Amendment: Analyzing the Role of America’s Faith Communities in the Formulation of Law and Public Policy” in Belief—Freedom—Dictatorship in Europe and the United States (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007)
  • “Chesterton’s Distributism and the Revaluation of Progress,” Christian Scholar’s Review 35 (Summer 2006)
  • "Charitable Choice and Prison Ministries: Constitutional and Institutional Challenges to the Rehabilitation of the American Penal System" (authored with Derek H. Davis and Sabrina A. Neff); Criminal Justice Policy Review 16 (June 2005): 164-89. 
  • “Friedrich Hayek and Reinhold Niebuhr on the Moral Persistence of Liberal Society” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies thematic issue, “Can the Market Be Moral?” 16 (Winter 2004): 133-56.
  • Co-authored “The Politics of Appointments to Protestant Theological Faculties in Germany” with Richard V. Pierard; published in the Winter 2004 edition of the Journal of Church and State.
  • “Islam and the Global Society: A Religious Approach to Modernity”; Brigham Young University Law Review (2003/2): 507-540.

View Dr. McDaniel’s CV


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