Hak Joon Lee

Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics

MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary (summa cum laude)

Courses Taught

ET501: Christian Ethics

ET528: Creation Care and Sabbath Economics

ET543: The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King Jr.

ET844/544: Covenant and Christian Ethics

ET846/546: God and Globalization

ET859/559: Methods in Christian Ethics

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Christian ethics, Martin Luther King Jr., public theology, Reformed theological ethics, globalization, Asian American theology and ethics, Trinity, and covenant

“I see certain glimpses of koinonia relationships among the students who take my Martin Luther King Jr. course and other classes. My classroom at Fuller is that laboratory of building God’s beloved community—the triune God’s beloved community—in a wonderful, covenantal relationship of mutual respect, and no domination. That’s my Fuller classroom.”


Dr. Lee, in an essay on the ways forgiveness and justice contribute to reconciliation available here.


Hak Joon Lee was named Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics in September 2015, having served on the Fuller faculty since 2011 as professor of theology and ethics. He also has 17 years of previous teaching experience at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Drew University, and New York Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Lee’s current research focuses on covenant, public theology, global ethics, and Asian American theology and ethics. He has also centered much of his attention on the ethics and spirituality of Martin Luther King Jr., and has been invited to be the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in several cities. Lee’s The Great World House was the featured subject for a panel discussion at the 2014 AAR Annual Meeting, as well as the basis of a series of conversations at the 2015 international Whitehead Conference in Claremont, California.

Lee has published several books, including four in English: Covenant and Communication: A Christian Moral Conversation with Jürgen Habermas (University Press of America, 2006); We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Communal-Political Spirituality (Pilgrim Press, 2006); The Great World House: Martin Luther King Jr. and Global Ethics(Pilgrim Press, 2011); and Shaping Public Theology: Selections from the Writings of Max L. Stackhouse (coedited, Eerdmans, 2014). Lee recently contributed a chapter on “Public Theology” to The Cambridge Companion to Political Theology (2015). Additionally, he serves as chief editor for an academic series entitled Navigating a Moral Labyrinth: Current Studies in Christian Ethics (published by Peter Lang) and coeditor of the Micah 2 project (funded by Fuller’s Ogilvie Institute for Preaching), an ethics curriculum for pastors in several countries.

Lee has also written numerous articles and two books in Korean: Bridge Builders (Doorae Media, 2007) and the award-winning A Paradigm Shift in Korean Churches (Holy WavePlus Press, 2011). Additionally, in 2007, Lee founded G2G Christian Education Center, a research institute on Asian American Christianity and culture. Through the Center, he has published several contextually grounded curricula for Korean North American youth and their parents.

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