Kerry S. Walters
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Kerry S. Walters

Kerry S. Walters (born 1954) is Professor emeritus of Philosophy at Gettysburg College and author of numerous books on philosophy, religion, and American history as well as over 200 articles in academic journals, trade magazines, and newspapers. His special fields of interests include Christian mysticism, atheism, the ethics of diet, Christian pacifism, critical thinking, deism in early America, and the history of the early republic.


Walters earned his BA (Philosophy, 1976) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, his MA (Philosophy, 1980) at Marquette University, and his PhD (Philosophy, 1985) at the University of Cincinnati. He taught at Gettysburg College for three decades, retiring in May 2016. He also taught at Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Essex in England.

During his tenure at Gettysburg College, Walters held the Edwin T. and Cynthia Johnson Chair of Distinguished Teaching and the William Bittinger Chair of Philosophy. He also helped found and taught in the program of Peace and Justice Studies.

Personal life

Walters lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife Kimberly Daubman, a psychology professor at Bucknell University. They have a son, Jonah Walters.

Authored and edited books

Several of Walters' books have received national awards or recognition, and have been translated into Korean and Portuguese. Merciful Meekiness: Becoming a Spiritually Integrated Person, was named a "Best Book on Spirituality for 2005" by Spirituality and Health Magazine; his Revolutionary Deists: Early America's Rational Infidels was named a "Choice Outstanding Academic Title" for 2011; his The Art of Dying and Living received a Gold Nautilus Award for 2012; his Giving up Find God:Breaking Free of Idolatry won a 2014 National Catholic Press Award; his "St. Teresa of Calcutta" a 2016 National Catholic Press Award; and his "Oscar Romero: Priest, Prophet, Martyr" won a 2019 National Catholic Press Award.

  • Walters, Kerry S. (1989). The Sane Society in Modern Utopianism: A Study in Ideology. Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (1990). Elihu Palmer's Principles of Nature: Text and Commentary. Longwood Press. - Introduction
  • Walters, Kerry S. (1992). The American Deists: Voices of Reason and Dissent in the Early Republic. University Press of Kansas.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (1992). Rational Infidels: the American Deists. Longwood Academic.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (1994). Re-Thinking Reason: New Perspectives in Critical Thinking. State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-2095-9.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (1998). Benjamin Franklin and His Gods: Beyond Providence and Polytheism. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-06739-6.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (1999). Spirituality of the Handmaid: A Model for Contemporary Seekers. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-3851-7.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2000). Godlust: Facing the Demonic, Embracing the Divine. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-3915-6.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2000). Brother Lawrence and the Russian Pilgrim: Praying Ceaselessly. Saint Anthony Messenger Press.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2001). Soul Wilderness: A Desert Spirituality. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-4007-7.
  • Walters, Kerry S.; Portmess, Lisa (1999). Ethical Vegetarianism: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer. State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-4044-5.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2001). Growing God: A Guide for Spiritual Gardeners. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-0543-4.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2001). Practicing Presence: The Spirituality of Caring in Everyday Life. Sheed & Ward. ISBN 978-1-58051-098-1.
  • Walters, Kerry S.; Portmess, Lisa (2001). Religious Vegetarianism: From Hesiod to the Dalai Lama. State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-4972-1.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2001). Can War Be Just? (William Bittinger Chair of Philosophy Inaugural Lecture pamphlet)
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2002). Finding Perfect Joy with St. Francis of Assisi: 30 Reflections. Charis Books.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2002). Rufus Jones: Essential Writings. Orbis Books.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2003). Jacob's Hip: Finding God in an Anxious Age. Orbis Books.
  • Walters, Kerry (2005). Merciful Meekness: Becoming a Spiritually Integrated Person. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-4119-7.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2006). Franklin and His Gods (Templeton Foundation pamphlet)
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2008). Practicing Peace. Forward Movement.
  • Studdert Kennedy, G. A.; Walters, Kerry S. (2008). After War, Is Faith Possible?. The Lutterworth Press.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2010). Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed. Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-2493-8.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2010). Revolutionary Deists: Early America's Rational Infidels. Prometheus Books. ISBN 978-1-61614-190-5.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2011). The Art of Dying and Living. Orbis Books.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2011). Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason: Critical Edition. Broadview Press.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2012). Vegetarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides For The Perplexed) [Paperback]. Continuum.
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2012). The Underground Railroad. ABC-Clio
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2013). John Locke's Letter Concerning Toleration: Critical Edition. Broadview
  • Walters, Kerry S. & Robin Jarrell. (2013). Blessed Peacemakers: 365 Extraordinary People Who Changed the World. Wipf & Stock
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2013). Giving Up Find God: Breaking Free of Idolatry. Orbis Books
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2013). John Locke's Letter on Toleration: Critical Edition. Broadview
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2013). Abraham Lincoln, the Rise of the Republicans, and the Coming of the Civil War. ABC-CLIO
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2013). Explosion on the Potomac: The 1844 Calamity aboard the USS Princeton. The History Press
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2013). Critical edition of H.R.L. Sheppard's We Say No! The Plain Man's Guide to Pacifism Wipf & Stock
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2013). John XXIII: A Short Biography. Franciscan Media
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2013). John Paul II: A Short Biography. Franciscan Media
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2014). Profiles in Christian Courage: Extraordinary Inspiration for Everyday Life/ Rowman & Littlefield
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2014). Outbreak in Washington, DC: The 1857 Mystery of the National Hotel Disease. The History press
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2015). Junipero Serra: A Short Biography. Franciscan Media
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2015). American Slave Revolts and Conspiracies. ABC-CLIO
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2016). Perfect Joy: 30 Days with Francis of Assisi. Franciscan Media
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2016). St. Teresa of Calcutta: Missionary, Mother, Mystic. Franciscan Media
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2017). Critical edition of Caryll Houselander's The Passion of the Infant Christ. Wipf & Stock
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2018). Saint Oscar Romero: Priest, Prophet, Martyr. Franciscan Media
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2019). Faith Matters: Reflections on the Christian Life. Wipf & Stock
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2020). Harriet Tubman: A Life in American History. ABC-CLIO
  • Walters, Kerry S. (2020). Let Justice Be Done: Writings from American Abolitionists, 1688-1865. Orbis Books

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