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David Cloutier

David CloutierDavid Cloutier graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in chemistry and religion, and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He is currently holds the Knott Professorship in Catholic Theology at Mount St. Mary’s University (MD), where he teaches courses in moral theology and Catholic social thought, and also directs a year-long seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition for tenure-track faculty across the University. His most recent publications are Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith (2014) and The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age (2015). He is also the author of Love, Reason, and God’s Story: An Introduction to Catholic Sexual Ethics (2008), and editor of the collection Leaving and Coming Home: New Wineskins for Catholic Sexual Ethics (2010). He has presented numerous conference papers, and published articles in journals, including “Working with the Grammar of Creation: Benedict XVI, Wendell Berry, and the Unity of the Catholic Moral Vision” (Communio, 2010)  and “The Problem of Luxury in the Christian Life,” (Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2012). He co-edited (with William Mattison) the issues of the Journal of Moral Theology on formative figures in American moral theology (2012) and on the virtues (January 2014). Long-term, he hopes to develop a moral framework that combines the precision of Aristotelian/Thomist moral theory with the theological approach and vision of the nouvelle theologie, especially as exemplified in the work of Pope Benedict XVI. He enjoyed three years as a co-organizer of the annual New Wine, New Wineskins conference for young Catholic moral theologians at the University of Notre Dame, and now is co-organizer of the Catholic Conversation Project at Boston College. When he is not working, he serves in music ministry, roots for his native (Cubs) and adopted (Twins) baseball teams, and is on the Board of Directors at the Common Market (, Frederick’s consumer food cooperative.