Justin Barringer

Justin Barringer

Graduate Student in Ethics


Email: jbarringer@mail.smu.edu


Justin Barringer is a PhD student in Religious Ethics at Southern Methodist University. Justin and his wife, Rachel, co-founded and now run a ministry called Diapers, Etc. that “exists to provide diapers, feminine hygiene products, and other important goods not typically covered by government programs or other service providers.” He is also a pastor, publishing consultant, writer, and editor. Justin grew up primarily in Florida, Alaska, and North Carolina and has been a missionary in Greece and China, as well as worked extensively among homeless people in cities as varied as Nashville and Los Angeles to Lexington and Little Rock. He has also served at mercy and justice organizations like The Dream Center and Sojourners. Justin is father to Israel and Zoe, and a friend of God.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. D. Stephen Long

Dissertation Title: "Protest and Politics: A Biographical Theology of Friendship, Charity, and Wealth Inequity in the Life of Bayard Rustin"

Fellowships, Supported Research, and Other Grants: Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, John Wesley Fellowship, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Cary Maguire Fellowship, and Jenzabar Foundation Student Leadership Award


A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence. Co-Editor with Tripp York, PhD. (June 2012, Cascade Books), authored chapters: “Why Refusing to Kill Matters for Christian Discipleship” and “What about Those Men and Women Who Gave Up Their Lives so that You and I Could Be Free? On Killing for Freedom.”

The Business of War: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Military-Industrial Complex. Co-Editor with James McCarty, PhD and Matthew Tapie, PhD. (October 2020, Cascade Books), authored chapter: “Practicing Community against the Business of War.”

Practicing the Kingdom: Essays on Hospitality, Community and Friendship in Honor of Christine Pohl. Co-Editor with Maria Kenney, PhD. (Forthcoming, 2021 Cascade Books), authored chapter, “Fluid Hierarchies: Transgressive Friendships as a Subversive Practice.”

God and Country (Music). Co-Author with Joshua Jeffery. (Forthcoming 2021, Lexington Books/Fortress Academic)

Modern Theology, Journal Special Themed Issue: “Love Your Enemy: Its Political Significance,” Co-Edited with D. Stephen Long, Volume 36, Issue 3, July 2020. “Introduction” in Special Edition “Love Your Enemies” of Modern Theology with D. Stephen Long. (February 25, 2020).

Peer reviewed. “Subordination and Freedom: Tracing Anarchist Themes in 1 Peter,” in Essays in Anarchism and Religion Vol. II. Edited by Alexandre Christoyannppoulos and Matthew Adams. (October 2019, Stockholm University Press).

Peer reviewed. “Spiritual Friendship in Christian Monk Aelred of Rievaulx and the Pali Canon of Buddhism” in Buddhist-Christian Studies, (Forthcoming, 2021).

Book Review. Lee C. Camp, Scandalous Witness: A Little Political Manifesto for Christians. Stone-Campbell Journal. (Forthcoming, 2020)

Current Project. The Business of Incarceration: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Prison-Industrial Complex. Co-Editor with James McCarty, PhD, and Sarah Farmer, PhD. (Forthcoming 2022, Cascade)

Series Co-Editor. The Business of Modern Life Series. Cascade Books, with James McCarty, PhD.

Conference Presentations:

Invited Presenter. “The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice,” for 114th Annual Summit at Abilene Christian University.

Invited panelist. “The Coming Schism: Using the LGBTQ Discussion as a Lens for Understanding Wesleyan/Holiness Ecclesial-Academic Relations” for “The Many Faces of Athens and Jerusalem: The Relationship between the Church and the Academy in Other Ecclesial Bodies,” Convened by Brandon Pierce and Paul Watson, at the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, June 2018.

Invited panelist. “Faith in Public: A Roundtable Discussion with Shaun Casey,” about the responsibilities of Christian scholars to various publics, convened by Amanda J. Pittman, ThD, June 2017.

Peer-reviewed. “Fluid Hierarchies: Friendship as a Subversive Practice” for the panel Embodiment, Encounter, and Power: Theological and Mystical Frames for Subverting and Reimagining Power Structures convened by Eric R. Magnusson, PhD at the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, June 2014.

“‘I Ain’t No Fortunate One’: Christian Responses to the Business of War” for the panel The Business of War: Assessing the Ethics of the Military-Industrial Complex and Faithful Christian Witness convened by Matthew Tapie and Justin Bronson Barringer at the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, June 2013.

Invited Presenter. “Submission and Subversion: Tracing Anarchist Themes in First Peter” for “Theopolitical Boundaries I: Anarchism and Christianity” convened by David Pritchett at the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, June 2013.

Service to the Profession: Program Assistant, Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religion, Perkins School of Theology, 2018 -2020; Assistant, Intern Program, Perkins School of Theology, 2018-2020