Kelly Johnson


Kelly S. Johnson is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, where she teaches courses in Christian ethics and Catholic social doctrine.   Her first book The Fear of Beggars: Stewardship and Poverty in Christian Ethics (Eerdmans, 2007) drew on historical studies of beggar-saints and debates about mendicant religious orders to illuminate shifts in Christian talk about private property. Her ongoing critiques of stewardship, as a rhetoric that sidesteps questions of just acquisition and scriptural teaching on the dangers of wealth, has been developed in publications such as "Blessings, Curses, and the Cross" in the Ex Auditu volume "Money and Possessions" (Vol 27). Her current project concerns ways to say grace truthfully over meals produced within an unjust food system.