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Andy Watts
Andy is an Associate Professor of Religion at Belmont University in Nashville where he teaches a variety of courses in Christian Ethics. For three years he has taught ethics in a Tennessee Department of Corrections minimum-security prison. The men of the prison have become his teachers, reminding him that advocate voices agitating injustice must speak on behalf of the powerless. The disproportionate numbers of minorities sentenced through unjust laws shape his theological conscience. As a result, he is currently writing on the ethics of mass incarceration and theologies of punishment. He is also preparing an ethics text on the misidentification of privilege as a virtue.

Andy is ordained in the Baptist tradition, as is his wife, and has been a frequent contributor to and the Tennessean.

Entries by Andy Watts

Catching Abortions Before They Happen?

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 4:48 PM

I'm an avid baseball fan who learned to love the sport in the 1970's. That is, before sabermetrics and the scientific valuation of players to teams came on the scene. It was also before free agency and the rise of the fan as 'consumer.'


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The School That Democracy Built: A Poem

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 10:24 AM

Like the house in the centuries-old English nursery rhyme, "The House that Jack Built," the building in my unoriginal and crude poem below appears chaotic and poorly built. Perhaps it looks the way it does because I'm angry, shocked, troubled, sad, defeated...

There are no words to describe this...

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Thoughts on the Drum Major Instinct in an Election Year

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 10:58 AM

Dr. King preached a sermon before the home audience, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in 1968. He was serving as its co-pastor with his father at the time. Titled "The Drum Major Instinct," it was a sermon in which, many say, he seemed to sense his own limited days. It...

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Would Jesus Belong to a Country Club?

(10) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 9:06 AM

Two weeks ago an article ran in the Tennessean in Nashville. It described the completely all-white male voting membership of the most exclusive country club in the Nashville area and the saga of one its members. In this news item however, an important story was revealed: social privilege...

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Mark 1:4-11: Does Baptism Make for Better Presidents?

(162) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 1:56 PM

Christians seem to have a genetic disposition for describing people and events through a biblical lens. It makes sense. We are story-formed people, and the Bible shapes our political, moral and social imaginations.

It follows, then, that our judgments about Presidents and presidential candidates will...

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