"He is both a scholar of world renown as well as a preacher whose voice resonates with both the timbres of a long and sublime African American tradition...In other words, he excels both as a person of thought and a person of faith,”
-Henry Louis Gates, Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor, Harvard University
Jonathan L. Walton is a social ethicist whose scholarship focuses on evangelical Christianity, and its relationship to mass media and political culture. His first book, Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (NYU Press, 2009), examines the theological and political traditions of African American religious broadcasters.
His latest book, A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World (Westminster John Knox Press, 2018), blends his work from the pulpit and classroom. A Lens of Love explores the Bible from the perspective of the most vulnerable and violated characters toward developing a Christian social ethic of radical inclusion and human affirmation. The book argues that people of faith can engage the Bible faithfully, approach it responsibly, and thus reject it literally.
Dean Walton is an outspoken advocate for social justice and civil rights. His work and insights have been featured in several national and international news outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, and the BBC.