Ted Smith

 Ted Smith

Address2201 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240

Assistant Professor of Divinity, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

B.A., Duke University, -1990
M.A., Oxford University, -1992
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, -1995
Ph.D., Emory University, -2004

Ted Smith does social ethics through theological engagement with the stuff of everyday life. He works both from and towards practices of ministry, broadly construed. Borrowing resources from historical studies, social theory, and moral philosophy, he spins thick accounts of practice that open into cultural criticism and political theology. Smith is the author of The New Measures: A Theological History of Democratic Practice, which engages debates about Christianity and democracy through a history of preaching. He also teaches and writes about homiletics, the ethics of sex, theologies of history, practical theology, and contemporary critical theory.

In his work with the Program in Theology and Practice, Smith coordinates Vanderbilt’s efforts to train a new generation of professors who will be ground-breaking scholars and outstanding teachers of people preparing for ministry. He works with doctoral students, local leaders, and other faculty members to bring Vanderbilt’s tradition as a school of the prophets into conversation with movements to revitalize theological education.

Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Smith taught for one year at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. From 1995-1999 he served as pastor of two small Presbyterian churches in rural New York State. He continues to preach and teach in a wide variety of settings.

Areas of Interest

Ethics and Society;

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