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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.
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.
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 god...to 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. ISBN978-0-7914-2095-9.