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Matthew R. Petrusek - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Matthew R. Petrusek Matthew R. Petrusek

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Education in Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Dr. Matthew R. Petrusek received a MA (Yale University) and PhD (University of Chicago) in religious ethics and is currently associate professor of theological ethics in the Department of Theological Studies. He specializes in Christian ethics and moral theology, though lectures broadly, in English and Spanish, on philosophy, theology, and the Catholic intellectual tradition. In addition to serving as a Word on Fire Fellow, he has hosted the bilingual show Reasons to Believe/Razones Para Creer at WordNet TV, co-authored Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity: The Search for a Meaningful Life (Word on Fire Institute Press), co-edited Value and Vulnerability: Contemporary Interfaith Dialogue on Human Dignity (University of Notre Dame Press), authored Evangelization and Politics: A Catholic Guide to Ideological Conflict (Word on Fire Institute Press, under contract), and published in numerous academic journals.

Education (3)

University of Chicago Divinity School: Ph.D., Religion and Ethics 2013

Yale University: M.A., Religious Ethics 2005

Washington and Lee University: B.A., Medieval and Ren. Studies 2002


Areas of Expertise (10)

Human Rights

Distributive Justice

Domestic and International Poverty


Meta Ethics

Philosophical and Theological Ethics

Christian Ethics

Ethics and Political Theory

Natural Law

Virtue Theory

Industry Expertise (3)

Religious Institutions



Languages (2)

  • English
  • Spanish

Articles (4)

The Image of God and Moral Action: Challenging the Practicality of the Imago Dei

Studies in Christian Ethics


Making the Fundamental Option Fully Free: How Human Capabilities Help Clarify Karl Rahner’s Conception of Justice

Philosophy and Theology


Human Capacities and the Problem of Universally Equal Dignity: Two Philosophical Test Cases and a Theistic Response

Journal of Moral Theology


The Relevance of Karl Rahner’s View of Dignity for the Catholic Social Thought Tradition

Philosophy and Theology