Dr. J. Milburn Thompson

Chair, Department of Theology
Professor of Theology
Bellarmine University
Office: Alumni 100
Phone: 502.272.8178
Click here for CV (pdf)


  • THEO 200 Ultimate Questions
  • THEO 314 Christianity and Social Justice
  • THEO 334 Christian Peacemaking
  • THEO 450 Moral Issues in Heath Care: A Christian Perspective
  • MAS 565 Engaged Spirituality

Dr. Thompson’s work with the IDC Senior Seminar was recently featured in Bellarmine’s alumni magazine. To read the story see page 10 in the Summer 2007 issue of the alumni magazine, you can access the magazine by following this link (pdf).

J. Milburn Thompson, Ph.D., is professor of Theology at Bellarmine University. He returned to his hometown, Louisville, KY, and came to Bellarmine in 2001. From 1982-2001 he taught Religious Studies at Saint Joseph College (now University of Saint Joseph), in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he received the annual award for excellence in teaching and a Templeton Foundation Award for a new course in Religion and Science. He received his doctorate in Theology from Fordham University, New York City’s Jesuit University.

Dr. Thompson is the author of Introducing Catholic Social Thought (Orbis Books, 2010 )and Justice and Peace: A Christian Primer (Orbis Books, 1997, revised 2003). Both books received a First Place Award for Educational Books from the Catholic Press Association in 2011 and 1998 respectively. Thompson has also written a booklet Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Dream of a Just Community (Pax Christi USA, 1986) and has published articles in journals such as Concilium, New Theology Review, the Annual of the College Theology Society, and the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies. He has written dozens of refereed articles and popular essays in the areas of moral theology and Christian social ethics, including commentary for Today’s American Catholic. In 2011 he received the Wilson T. Wyatt Fellowship for Academic Excellence from Bellarmine University.

Dr. Thompson has served on the Peace and Justice Committee for the Archdiocese of Louisville and for the Archdiocese of Hartford. He has served on the ethics committees of hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home care agencies.

With his wife, Mary Ann (Associate Professor of Nursing at McKendree University), he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.

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