Prof. Stiltner’s teaching and research interests include bioethics, human rights,
ethics of war and peace, Catholic social ethics, and the role of religion and virtues in
American society. He has recently developed courses on “Human Rights,” “Virtue Ethics,”
and one that he offers during election years provocatively titled “Jesus for President.”
He incorporates service learning in some of his courses, believing it is important for
students to be exposed to the needs and strivings of residents of Bridgeport. 

His dissertation research formed the basis of his first book, Religion and the Common
Good: Catholic Contributions to Building Community in a Liberal Society (Rowman and
Littlefield, 1999). Dr. Stiltner has been a member of the department since 1998 and has
been chairperson since 2011. The service activities that is he most passionate about is
advising the student-action club Peace By Justice, and participating in activities of the
department’s club for majors and minors. 

Books

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Can Muslims and Christians Resolve Their Religious and Social Conflicts?: Cases from Africa and the United States (with Marinus C. Iwuchukwu, ed.), Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2013)

Table of Contents: Revisiting the perennial religious conflicts in northern Nigeria, 1990-2010: broadening the focus...

 

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Faith and Force: A Christian Debate About War (with David L. Clough), Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2007)

"This book began in an argument between friends surprised to find themselves on opposite sides...

 

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Religion and the Common Good: Catholic Contributions to Building Community in a Liberal Society, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (1999)

The author untangles the complex philosophical issues surrounding the role of religion in promoting the...

 

Contributions to Books

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Neighbor-Love as a Keystone to Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Can Muslims and Christians Resolve Their Religious and Social Conflicts? (2013)

Chapter by Brian Stiltner from a collection of essays edited by Marinus C. Iwuchukwu and...

 

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Religion, Rhetoric, and Running for Office (with Steven Michels), Government and Politics Faculty Publications (2009)

It is common, almost expected, for candidates for office in the United States to affirm...

 

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Teaching about the others' ethics: a response to Professor John Elias, What do we want the other to teach about us? (2006)
 

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The Challenge of Ethical Political Leadership, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2005)

Without a solid ethical foundation to state governance, the process of developing and implementing sound...

 

Articles

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Daniel M. Bell, Jr., Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather than the State (Book Review), Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2010)

Book review by Brian Stiltner.

Bell, Daniel M. Just War As Christian Discipleship: Recentering the...

 

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What are America’s Obligations to Iraq after an Unjust War?, Faculty Publications (2007)

Since the goal of a just war is to restore a political condition of peace...

 

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Rethinking the Iraq War, Faculty Publications (2006)

The reasonable possibility of the situation getting worse [in Iraq] rather than better should have...

 

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The Justice of War on Iraq, Faculty Publications (2003)

The author argues that the U.S. and its partners have rightly arrived at war on...

 

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Reassessing Religion's Place in a Liberal Democracy, Faculty Publications (2000)

Reviews by Brian Stiltner of five books published between 1996 and 1997 on the topic...

 

Book Reviews

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Andrew R. Murphy (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence (Book Review), Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2013)

Book review by Brian Stiltner:

Murphy, Andrew R., ed.The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence....

 

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J. Milburn Thompson, Introducing Catholic Social Thought (Book Review), Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2012)

Book review by Brian Stiltner:

Thompson, J. Milburn. Introducing Catholic Social Thought. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis...

 

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The Common Good and the Global Emergency: God and the Built Environment (Book Review), Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2012)

Book review by Brian Stiltner.

Gorringe, Timothy. The Common Good and the Global Emergency: God...

 

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Britain's Bomb: What's Next? (Book Review), Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications (2007)

Book review by Brian Stiltner.

Wicker, Brian and Hugh Beach, eds. Britain's Bomb: What Next?...