Melissa Browning, Ph.D.
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Melissa Browning is a theologian, ethicist, and activist who studies congregational and community-based responses to injustice. Melissa teaches at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University where she is the Assistant Professor of Contextual Ministry. For the past 17 years Melissa’s study and fieldwork has been tied to East Africa. Her recent book, "Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania," builds on a year of fieldwork completed in Mwanza, Tanzania where women were asked to re-imagine Christian marriage as a space of safety and health for women. Melissa is also active in death penalty abolitionist work in Georgia and is an ordained Baptist minister.

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HIV/AIDS and Christian Ethics

By on September 12, 2013

HIV/AIDS and Christian Ethics

Norway_DSCN0245HIV/AIDS and Christian Ethics addresses the global health crisis of HIV/AIDS, drawing from diverse Christian theo-ethical perspectives. It acknowledges that there is not one Christian solution to the complex problem of HIV/AIDS and highlights the many different ways that Christians have approached HIV and AIDS. The book does not simply propose different perspectives in a relativistic “anything goes” attitude; instead, the authors invite readers to make judgments about which theo-ethical arguments make the most sense in light of the available data. Thus, the text is not only focused on applied ethics, but is also in its very methodology, a book of fundamental ethics. Using HIV and AIDS as the context for moral deliberation, students will learn to recognize and analyze moral arguments. When making their own moral arguments, they will learn how to make claims, substantiate those claims with reasons, and provide evidence for their reasons. By inviting students to “check in with themselves” periodically throughout the text, the authors personalize the textbook and create pedagogically significant moments that can be fruitfully engaged in the classroom. We believe that education can be transformative; thus, the textbook not only aims to help students understand moral arguments, it also aims to help students become more compassionate civic leaders.



Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D.

Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D

Emily Reimer-Barry is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. Her research concerns the intersection of sexual ethics and social ethics in the Roman Catholic moral tradition. She has published articles and book chapters on theology of marriage, HIV prevention, and emerging methods in theological ethics. Dr. Reimer-Barry has presented her research at national and international conferences, notably, the Society of Christian Ethics, College Theology Society, and Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.


Melissa Browning, Ph.D.

Melissa Browning, Ph.D.

Melissa Browning’s research focuses on HIV and AIDS and intimate relationships in East Africa. Her most recent book, Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania, builds on a year of fieldwork in Mwanza, Tanzania where women were asked to re-imagine Christian marriage as a space of safety and health. Dr. Browning has published multiple articles and book chapters on HIV and AIDS, including articles in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Theology and Sexuality, Concilium International Journal of Theology, and Practical Matters.