Autumn Alcott Ridenour

Academic Title

  • Associate Professor, Religious and Theological Studies

Administrative Support

  • Theologies of St. Augustine and Karl Barth
  • Christological Virtue Ethics

My primary interests are in the areas of theological, philosophical and social ethics, with attention to history and systematic theology. My research includes the theologies of St. Augustine, Karl Barth, Christology, virtue, medical and bioethics, political ethics, and aging.

  • Ph.D. Theological Ethics Boston College
  • M.A. Religion Yale Divinity School
  • Medical and Bioethics
  • Political Ethics
  • Aging

Selected Publications


Sabbath Rest as Vocation: Aging Toward Death (London: T&T Clark), 2018. 

Journal Articles

 “Re-enchanting Nature and Medicine,” Christian Bioethics (forthcoming)

“Introduction,” with Boaz Goss for Christian Bioethics 23:1 (April 2017), 1-6.

“The Meaning of Death and the Goal of Medicine: an Augustinian and Barthian Reassessment” in Christian Bioethics 23:1 (April 2017), 60-76.

 “The Coming of Age: Curse or Calling? Toward a Christological Interpretation of Aging as Call in the Theology of Karl Barth and W.H. Vanstone” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 33: 4 (Fall/Winter 2013), 151-67.

“Making Sense of the Roman Catholic Directive to Extend Life Indefinitely,” with Lydia S. Dugdale, MD. The Hastings Center Report, 41:2 (March-April 2011), 28-9.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

 “Suffering, Death, and the Significance of Presence,” in John Fitzgerald and Ashley Moyse, eds., Treating the Person: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Medicine and the Body (Routledge Press, forthcoming)

“Union with Christ as the Ground of Christian Ethics in St. Augustine and Reformed Augustinianisms” in Bharat Ranganathan and Derek Woodard, eds. Normative Dimensions: Scripture, Tradition, and Reason in Christian Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

“Accompanying the Dying: A Framework for the Role of Community in the Care of the Dying” with Lisa Sowle Cahill in Lydia S. Dugdale, ed., Dying in the Twenty-First Century: Towards a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015), 107-30.

Conference Papers and Presentations

“Sabbath Rest as Vocation: Aging Toward Death,” Society for the Study in Christian Ethics, Durham, UK, September 9, 2018

 “The Suffering Body and the Significance of Presence,” Conference on Medicine and Religion, St. Louis, MO, April 14, 2018.

“The Vocation of Healing: Attending Bodies and Souls,” Conference on Medicine and Religion, Houston, TX, March 25, 2017. 

“Aging as Vocation: Virtues and Sabbath Rest through an Augustinian Lens,” Benedictine University of Mesa, Mesa, AZ, Sept. 25, 2015.

“Union with Christ: Toward a Christological Virtue Ethics Rooted in the Theologies of Augustine and Barth,” American Academy of Religion, Philosophy of Religion Papers Section, “On the ‘Architecture’ of Christian Ethics,” November 25, 2014.