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Kerry S. Walters
is a Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College
Gettysburg College is a private four-year liberal arts college founded in 1832, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States, adjacent to the famous battlefield. Its athletic teams are nicknamed the Bullets. Gettysburg College has about 2,700 students, with roughly equal numbers of men and women...
and award-winning author of numerous books on philosophy and religion.
Walters earned his BA (Philosophy, 1976) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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, his MA (Philosophy, 1980) at Marquette University
Marquette University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1881, the school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities...
, and his PhD (Philosophy, 1985) at the University of Cincinnati
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. He has taught at Gettysburg College since 1985. He writes on Christian mysticism, atheism, the ethics of diet, Christian pacifism, critical thinking, and deism in early America. His 1998 book Benjamin Franklin and His Gods
is regarded as the definitive study of Franklin's religion.
Walters has held the William Bittinger Chair of Philosophy since 2000. Prior to that, he served as the Edwin T. and Cynthia Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor. Walters is an ordained clergyman in the Episcopal church.