Erin Dufault-Hunter joined the faculty of Fuller as assistant professor of Christian ethics in 2006, after having served as adjunct assistant professor in ethics in the School of Theology for three years. Prior to coming to Fuller, she earned several awards for excellence in teaching as a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California.
Dufault-Hunter has written on narrative theory and the sociology of religion. Her recent book, The Transformative Power of Faith: A Narrative Approach to Conversion (April 2012), integrates insights from the social sciences with narrative theory to offer a non-reductionistic understanding of conversion. In particular, she argues that a narrative lens provides insights into why strong faith practiced within a community facilitates personal transformation, even for those society considers “hopeless.” She has also contributed entries to the Global Dictionary of Theology (2008) and several entries in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2011).
Dufault-Hunter explores the intersection of technology, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic change, as in her article in the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics, "The Downside of Getting It Up: How Viagra Reveals the Persistence of Patriarchy and the Need for Sexual Character." She is currently writing Sex and Salvation: How the Erotic Matters for our Life with God (under contract with Baker Academic). She has presented papers reflecting on the implications of embodiment for a Christian ethic of virtue in ordinary life, such as considerations of faithful parenthood in a medicalized age and the nature of sexual fidelity within a "pornofied" society.
She is a longtime member of Pasadena Mennonite Church, where she regularly participates in the music team and occasionally preaches.
- ET501: Christian Ethics
- ET521: Sexuality and Ethics
- ET533: Christian Discipleship in a Secular Society
- ET535: The Ethics of Life and Death
- ET551: The Ethics of Diversity in Unity
- IS502: The Practices of Christian Community
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Narrative theory and virtue ethics; sociology of religion; embodiment and its implications for theological ethics, particularly diversity, medical ethics, mental illness, PTSD, and sex/uality; juvenile delinquency and justice; care of creatures and creation
- “Confessions of a Reluctant Evangelical (or why I often want to be cool more than I want to be Christian),” in Fuller Magazine, Winter 2015 (http://www.fullermag.com/confessions-reluctant-evangelical).
- Shalom, Health, and Healing: Frontiers and Challenges in Christian Health Care Missions, edited by Bryant Myers, Erin Dufault-Hunter, and Isaac Voss. William Carey Publishing, 2015.
- “ ‘Jesus Wept’: Why Healing and Hope Require Practices of Lament,” in Shalom, Health, and Healing: Frontiers and Challenges in Christian Health Care Missions, edited by Bryant Myers, Erin Dufault-Hunter, and Isaac Voss. William Carey Publishing, 2015.
- “The Danger of Charity,” Caring magazine, Vol. 19 No. 2 Summer 2013.
- The Transformative Power of Faith: A Narrative Approach to Conversion. Lexington Books, 2012.
- “The Downside of Getting it Up: How Viagra Reveals the Persistence of Patriarchy and the Need for Sexual Character,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (Spring/Summer 2012).
- The following entries in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, Baker Academic (2011): “Individualism” (1500 words); “Orphan” (1000 words); “Pornography” (1000 words); “Sex and Sexuality” (1250 words); “Sexual Ethics” (4000 words); “Sociology of Religion” (500 words); “Spousal Abuse” (1000 words).
- “Anabaptism,” in It All Fits Together – Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom (Herald Press, 2011).
- “Interfaith Dialogue and the Narrative of Kenosis: A Response.” Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue, Issue 1 (Winter 2010).
- “Anabaptist and Evangelical?” in Missio Dei, a publication of the Mennonite Mission Network (volume 19); www.mennonitemission.net/Resources/Publications/MissioDei
- The following entries in The Global Dictionary of Theology, InterVarsity Press (2008): “Secularism;” with Ralph Watkins, “Sociology of Religion.”
- “Purple People: Unity of the Body in the Divisive Age of Red and Blue,” Theology, News & Notes, Spring 2008.
- “Book Review, “Pacifism and Just War: Beyond the Stereotypes,” Christian Reflection, Issue 12, 2004 (Publication of The Center for Christian Ethics, Baylor University).
- Co-authored with Isaac Canales, Multi-ethnicity, Global Issues Bible Study Series, InterVarsity Press, 1990.