V. Rev. Dr. Philip LeMasters

V. Rev. Dr. Philip LeMasters

Professor of Christian Ethics

Father Philip is Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he is also the pastor of St. Luke’s Orthodox Church. Additionally, he is a member of the SVOTS Board of Trustees.

Father Philip is the author of several books in the area of moral theology, most recentlyThe Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity (Cascade Books 2013). He has been an invited participant at recent international Orthodox consultations on peace ethics in Greece, Romania, and Syria. A graduate of Baylor University and Rice University, he holds a Ph.D. in Christian Theology and Ethics from Duke University and an M.A. in Applied Orthodox Theology from the University of Balamand.


Teaching Interests

  • Christian Ethics

Current Projects and Research Interests

My publications and research projects address topics in Christian ethics such as marriage, sexuality, war and peacemaking, bioethics, poverty, and political action. My most recent book, The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity (Cascade Books, 2014), presents points from my own spiritual journey as an invitation to seekers and inquirers to encounter Orthodoxy. I am presently working on an updated edition of Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage, and Sex (Light & Life Publishing Company, 2004) in light of ongoing debates about the ethics of sex and marriage in our society.   My essay “Peaceable Responses to Persecution: The Experience of Eastern Christian Communities in the Middle East.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 53: 3 (Summer 2018):  386-406, reflects my interest in analyzing Orthodoxy’s resources for peacemaking with adherents of other religions.