DepartmentUndergraduate Department of Philosophy
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2007
  • M.T.S., Duke University, Divinity School, 2006
  • M.A., Texas A&M University, 2002
  • B.S., Philosophy and Religion, Southern Nazarene University, 1999


Kent Dunnington, associate professor of philosophy, teaches and writes in the areas of virtue ethics and theological ethics. Other research interests include addiction and criminal justice, inspired by his experiences teaching in prison.



  • Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice, Dunnington, Kent, InterVarsity Academic, 2011.
  • Humility, Pride, and Christian Virtue Theory, Dunnington, Kent, Oxford University Press, 2019.

Single-editor Books

  • The Uncertain Center: Essays of Arthur C. McGill, McGill, Arthur, C., Wipf and Stock Press, 2015.

Research Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Is there a Christian Duty to Love?" Arcadi, James, Crisp, Oliver, and Wessling, Jordan, Love, Human and Divine: Contemporary Essays in Systematic and Philosophical Theology, T&T Clark, 2019.
  • "Recovery and the Humble Reconstitution of the Self," Dunnington, Kent, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 2018.
  • "Intellectual Humility and Incentivized Belief," Dunnington, Kent, Psychology and Theology, 2018.
  • "Premodern Christian Perspectives on Curiosity, Watson, Lani, Witcomb, Dennis, Inan, Ilhan, Yigit, Safiye, The Moral Psychology of Curiosity, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.
  • "Justification by Faith," Dunnington, Kent, Religious Studies, 2017.
  • "The Problem with the Satan Hypothesis: Natural Evil and Fallen Angel Theodicies," Dunnington, Kent, Political Theology, 2017.
  • "Intellectual Humility and the Ends of the Virtues: Conflicting Aretaic Desiderata," Dunnington, Kent, Political Theology, 2017.
  • "Is there a Christian Virtue Epistemology?" Dunnington, Kent, Res Philosophica, 2016.
  • "Humility: An Augustinian Perspective," Dunnington, Kent, Pro Ecclesia, 2016.
  • "The Infinite Horizon of Romance: A Response to Nuptial Theology," The Other Journal, 2013.

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Ethics
  • Virtue Theory
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theology
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