Angela Carpenter

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2016–17)

Angela Carpenter


M.T.S., Ph.D., Moral Theology/Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame


Angela Carpenter is a theological ethicist specializing in moral agency and moral formation from an interdisciplinary perspective, with extra-theological interests in developmental psychology and evolutionary anthropology. Her dissertation developed a constructive theological account of moral formation, indebted to the theology of John Calvin and in conversation with recent work on children’s moral formation in developmental psychology. She is currently revising this project for a book, tentatively titled Responsive Becoming: Moral Formation in Theological, Evolutionary, and Developmental Perspective. In addition to the conversation between theology and psychology, the book will incorporate insights from evolutionary anthropology into her theological account of moral formation.

Her research on the Human Distinctiveness project explored the evolutionary origins of distinctively human emotional and social-cognitive capacities and how they set the stage for questions of connection to the divine and the rightness of human action. This work identifies analogues of grace in human evolution and suggests new possibilities for interdisciplinary dialogue on the topics of selfhood, identity, and moral motivation.

Selected Publications

  • Carpenter, Angela. "Independent Reason, Faith, and a Distinctively Human Wisdom." Evolution of Wisdom: Major and Minor Keys, edited by Agustín Fuentes and Celia Deane-Drummond. Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, 2019.

  • Carpenter, Angela. Responsive Becoming: Moral Formation in Theological, Evolutionary, and Developmental Perspective. London: T&T Clark, 2019.


Human Distinctiveness

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