Michael Morelli, PhD

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programming; Special Assistant to the President

Research Interests

My primary research interests are studies of how orthodox doctrine and theological thought from the early church onward can inform, challenge, and reinvigorate peoples’ understanding of what it means to be a Christian and the church in the world today. My current research focuses on the writings of twentieth century thinkers Jacques Ellul and Paul Virilio on the subjects of theology, ethics, and technology, and I plan to pursue further research and publishing on these two thinkers and the related fields of technology, media, communication, fine arts, theology, ethics, and aesthetics. As I look to publish my PhD research in book form, I also am excited about other research opportunities and projects which relate to theological and ethical questions that I believe are essential for Christians and churches today. These questions relate to theological and ethical studies of disability and mental health in and outside of the local church, political thought and action, care for and cultivation of the environment, and many other timely fields of inquiry for theology and ethics.

 Publications

Books

Theology, Ethics, and Technology in the Work of Jacques Ellul and Paul Virilio. Maryland: Lexington Books. (Forthcoming)

Jacques Ellul and the Desert. Eugene: Wipf and Stock. (Edited book, forthcoming)

Book Chapters

“What’s in a Name? Jacques Ellul’s Reading of Naming in Genesis 1–3.” Jacques Ellul and The Bible: Towards a Hermeneutic of Freedom. Eugene: Wipf and Stock. (Forthcoming)

“Charlottesville vs. The Real Revolution.” Political Illusion and Reality: Engaging The Prophetic Insights of  Jacques Ellul. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2018.

Articles

“The Athenian Altar and The Amazonian Chatbot: A Pauline Reading of Artificial Intelligence and Apocalyptic Ends.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 53, March 2019.

“Aura 2.0: The Technoscientific Return of Art’s Religious Value.” Implicit Religion 20.3, 2017, 245-257.

“The Judgments We Make: Justice in a Digitised World.” Granite Interdisciplinary Journal 1.1, 2017, 7-10.

Reviews

“Book Review: Jacob Rollison, Revolution of Necessity: Language, Technique, and Freedom in the Writings of Jacques Ellul and Slavoj Žižek.Studies in Christian Ethics 31.1, February 2018, 123-125.

Unpublished Manuscripts

“Either Technological Pessimism or Proleptic Christian Resistance: A Constructive Reading of Jacques Ellul’s Dialectical Writings on Technology With Paul Virilio as an Evocative Interlocutor.” PhD Thesis (Theological Ethics), University of Aberdeen, 2019. Supervisor Professor Brian Bock.

“Technology, Violence, and Ethics: Catastrophic Liturgy and Paul Virilio’s Eschatological Vision.” MTh Thesis (Theological Ethics), University of Aberdeen, 2017

Presentations

Forthcoming presenter at July 2020 International Jacques Ellul Society Conference in Strasbourg, France

2019 Responder to Craig Gay’s Modern Technology and the Human Future at Trinity Western University

2019  Presenter at Society for the Study of Theology Conference at University of Warwick

 2018 Presenter at International Jacques Society Conference at Regent University

2018 Presenter at CenSAMM Artificial Intelligence Conference at Bedford Panacea Trust

2018 Presenter at Society for the Study of Theology Conference at University of Nottingham

2017 Presenter at Religion and Surveillance Network Conference at London Friend’s House

2017 Presenter at Society for The Study of Christians Ethics Conference at University of Cambridge

2017 Presenter at Society for the Study of Theology Conference at University of Nottingham

2016 Presenter at Religion and Surveillance Network Conference in Birmingham, England

2016 Presenter and Panelist at British Academy for the Study of Religions at University of Wolverhampton

2016 Presenter at International Jacques Ellul Society Conference at University of Berkley California

2016 Presenter at The Granite Symposium Technology Conference at University of Aberdeen

Posted: March 31, 2020