Erin Dufault-Hunter

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

AB, Occidental College
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Southern California

Courses Taught

ET501: Christian Ethics

ET521: Sexuality and Ethics

ET533: Christian Discipleship in a Secular Society

ET535: The Ethics of Life and Death

ET551: The Ethics of Diversity in Unity

IS502: The Practices of Christian Community

Areas of Expertise

Narrative theory and virtue ethics; sociology of religion; embodiment and its implications for theological ethics, particularly diversity, medical ethics, mental illness, PTSD, and sex/uality; juvenile delinquency and justice; care of creatures and creation

“In Christ, we are bound to one another, even to those whose views diverge from our own. . . . Such knowledge frees us to address difficult issues in the present with humility, trusting that by God’s grace, good will come of our desire to be faithful to God and to neighbor. Even out of our rivalries, Christ can create both a church and a society that embody more closely the coming kingdom of God.”


Dr. Dufault-Hunter, in an essay on navigating complex political realities, available here.


Erin Dufault-Hunter joined the faculty of Fuller as assistant professor of Christian ethics in 2006, after having served as adjunct assistant professor in ethics in the School of Theology for three years. Prior to coming to Fuller, she earned several awards for excellence in teaching as a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California.

Dufault-Hunter has written on narrative theory and the sociology of religion. Her book, The Transformative Power of Faith: A Narrative Approach to Conversion (2012), integrates insights from the social sciences with narrative theory to offer a non-reductionistic understanding of conversion. In particular, she argues that a narrative lens provides insights into why strong faith practiced within a community facilitates personal transformation, even for those society considers “hopeless.” She has also contributed entries to the Global Dictionary of Theology (2008) and several entries in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2011). She coedited a book with Bryant Myers and Isaac Voss, Shalom, Health, and Healing: Frontiers and Challenges in Christian Health Care Missions (2015).

Dufault-Hunter explores the intersection of technology, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic change, as in her article in the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics, “The Downside of Getting It Up: How Viagra Reveals the Persistence of Patriarchy and the Need for Sexual Character.” She is currently writing Sex, Shame, and Salvation: How the Erotic Matters for our Life with God (under contract with Baker Academic). She has presented papers reflecting on the implications of embodiment for a Christian ethic of virtue in ordinary life, such as considerations of faithful parenthood in a medicalized age and the nature of sexual fidelity within a “pornofied” society.

Strongly influenced by the Anabaptist stream of Christian history and tradition, Dufault-Hunter currently worships at her local congregation, Mountainside Communion. She is actively involved in her congregation’s many ministries, such as preaching, leading worship, and supporting the work of its Immigration Resource Center.

Download Dr. Dufault-Hunter’s CV, which includes a list of her current publications, here.