The Beauty of Ordinary Lives: A Son's Tribute to his Parents2010
Born into the Wrong World: The Life and Thought of Kenneth Cauthen, 2010
"I Don't Care What the Bible Says," 2003
Rejoicing in Life's "Melissa Moments,"  2002
The Ethics of Belief, 2 Volumes, 2001.
The Ethics of Assisted Death, 1999.
The Many Faces of Evil, 1997.
The Many Faces of Evil: A Study Guide, 1997.
Toward a New Modernism, 1997.
Theological Biology, 1991.
The Passion for Equality, 1987.
Systematic Theology, 1986.
Process Ethics, 1984.
The Impact of American Religious Liberalism, 1983. (Reprint)
The Ethics of Enjoyment, 1975.
Christian Biopolitics, 1971.
Science, Secularization and God, 1969.
The Triumph of Suffering Love, 1966.
The Impact of American Religious Liberalism, 1962.



The Beauty of Ordinary Lives: A Son's Tribute to his Parents2010 (Create Space: 2010), 2010).

Born into the Wrong World: The Life and Thought of Kenneth Cauthen, 2010 (       2010), (CreateSpace: 2010).

"""I Don't Care What the Bible Says:" An Interpretation of Southern History (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2003).

Rejoicing in Life's "Melissa Moments:" The Joys of Faith and the Challenges of Life (Lima, OH: CSS Publishing Co, 2002).

The Ethics of Belief: A Bio-Historical Approach. 2 Volumes (Lima, Ohio: CSS Publishing Co., 2001).

The Ethics of Assisted Death: When Life Becomes a Burden too Hard to Bear (Lima, OH: CSS Publishing Co., 1999).

The Many Faces of Evil: Reflections on the Sinful, the Tragic, the Demonic, and the Ambiguous (Lima, Ohio: CSS Publishing Co., 1997.

The Many Faces of Evil: A Study Guide, Lima, OH: CSS Publishing Co., 1997.

Toward a New Modernism (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1997).

Theological Biology: The Case for a New Modernism (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1991.

The Passion for Equality, Totowa ( NJ: Rowman & Littlefield, 1987).

Systematic Theology: A Modern Protestant Perspective (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1986).

Process Ethics: A Constructive System (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1984).

The Impact of American Religious Liberalism (Washington: University Press of America, 1983). (Reprinting)

The Ethics of Enjoyment (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1975).

Christian Biopolitics: Credo and Strategy for the Future  (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1971). (This book was the Religious Book Club Selection for November 1971.)

Science, Secularization and God: Toward a Theology of the Future (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1969).

The Triumph of Suffering Love (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1966).

The Impact of American Religious Liberalism (New York: Harper & Row, 1962). (This book was chosen for a special White House Library on American history and culture.)

Portions of Books

"A Plea for Revision to Satisfy an Enlightened Reason," The Christian Argument for Gays and Lesbians in the Military (Lewiston, NY: Mellen University Press, 1993),  9-17.

"Process Philosophy and the Economic Order," Economic Life: Process Interpretations and Critical Responses  (Chicago: Center for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1988).

For Creation's Sake (Philadelphia: The Geneva Press, 1985). A chapter on process theology and eco-justice preaching.

Food and Our Future (Pennsylvania: University Park, 1975). An article on "Ethical Dimensions of World Hunger."

Mathews, Shailer, Jesus on Social Institutions (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1971). Editor of the reprinting of Mathews' work and a sixty page introduction to his life and thought, pp. xiii-xxiii.

Dictionary of American Biography (New York: Scribners, 1964) ). An article on the life and thought of D. C. Macintosh.

Magill, Frank, editor, Masterpieces of Christian Literature (New York: Harper & Row, 1963). Five of the articles.


"Grace: More Than Forgiveness,"  The InSpiriter (Spring 2006).

"Hints Toward a Doctrine of God," American Journal of Theology and Philosophy (September 1998), 313-23.

"H. Richard Niebuhr Revisited and Revised," Encounter (Summer 1996), 277-89.

"A Plea for Revision to Satisfy an Enlightened Reason," The InSpiriter (Winter 1997).

"A Call for a New Modernism," American Journal of Theology and Philosophy (January 1992), 1-22.

"Seeing Through a Glass Darkly: A Modernist Credo for Today," Encounter (Autumn 1990), 377-88.

"Imaging the Future: New Visions and New Responsibilities," Zygon (September 1985), 321-39.

"The Legitimacy and Limits of Freedom of Choice," The Christian Century, (July 1-8, 1981), 702-4.

"The Present and Future of Theology," Religion in Life (Autumn 1976), 308-17.

"Dealing with Organizational Stress: A Pastoral Theological Concern," The Association of Mental Health Chaplains' Journal, (April 1974), 125-28.

"Eco-Justice: A Future Oriented Strategy of Ministry and Mission," Foundations, (April-June 1973), 156-70.

"The Churches and the Future: A Utopian Proposal," Zygon, (December 1971), 311-29.

"The Future of Faith in a Future-Shocked World," The Journal of Pastoral Care, (June 1971), 89-99.

"Salvation and the Mission of the Church," Religion in Life, (Autumn 1970), 382-92.

"The Case for Christian Biopolitics," The Christian Century, (November 19, 1969), . 1481-83.

"Process and Purpose," Zygon, (June 1968), 183-204.

"What is a Valid Ministry?" Foundations, (October-December 1966), 307-17.

"Science and Theology: From Orthodoxy to Neo-orthodoxy," Zygon, (September 1966), 256-74.

"Understanding H. Richard Niebuhr," Reading Guide for Clergy, (Valley Forge, 1966).

"Christology as the Clarification of Creation," The Journal of Bible and Religion (January 1965), 34-41.

"Theologians as Preachers," Foundations, (April 1964).

"An Introduction to the Theology of H. Richard Niebuhr," The Canadian Journal of Theology, (January 1964), 4-14.

"Religious Liberalism Evaluated," The Christian Century, (August 8, 1962),. 955-8.

"The Ministry and the Sacraments," Encounter, (Summer 1957), 341-52.

"Biblical Truth and Rational Knowledge," Review and Expositor, (October 1956), 467-76.


"One of These Days," Pulpit Digest, (May-June 1981).

"The Gift and Demand of Love," Pulpit Digest, (April 1969).

"Before Death, What?" Pulpit Digest, (July-August 1967).

"Christian Existence and the Hairs of Our Heads," Pulpit Digest, (June 1965).

"The Logic of the Cross," The Pulpit, (July-August 1964).

"The Miracle of Grace," Pulpit Preaching, (April 1964).

"It is Good to Be," The Pulpit, (February 1964).

"Of Faith and Doubt," The Pulpit, (July 1962).

From the Back Cover of  Born into the Wrong World:


Born into the Wrong World is the story of a country boy from the rural, segregated South who grew up among farmers and millhands. Kenneth Cauthen has spent a  lifetime trying to make sense of life and its mysteries. He has always been troubled that there is so much suffering and injustice and puzzled that  we do so little about it. He defends the view of a limited, suffering God as the only credible way to explain why the world is not better than it is.

Born in 1930, Cauthen’s life covers a span from the Great Depression to the Age of Terror. This memoir  views his seventy plus years  in the context of these tumultuous decades. His evocative descriptions of childhood in the country are marked with humor and appreciative feeling as he talks about outdoor toilets, life in a small Baptist church, the eccentricities of colorful individuals, the family grocery store, and the sights, sounds, and smells of that rustic time long ago. He speaks candidly of early sexual trauma and the pain caused by parental conflict.

It is all here –  his life experiences with all their sorrows and joys,  inner struggles, his brief  career as a pastor who barely escaped dismissal over the race issue, his four decades as a professor of  theology and author,  his first marriage, family life, episodes of depression,  a devastating divorce, a happy second  marriage, his theological development and mature thought, his ambivalence about the church, and his social and political views.

The author says, “I have laughed a lot and cried a lot. Humor and tears have  kept me sane. I wanted to conclude with an account of my funeral, but I was not willing to meet the publisher’s deadline.”

Kenneth Cauthen is the John Price Crozer Griffith emeritus Professor of Theology, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York. He is the author  of eighteen books, including The Impact of American Religious Liberalism, which was the standard text in the field for a quarter of a century.

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Interpreting the Bible Today
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What is Truth -- and Does it Matter?
A Doctrine of God
Hints Toward a Doctrine of God
Trinity: God, Christ, Spirit
God as Masculine and Feminine
Theodicy: the Problem of Evil
Theodicy: A Heterodox Alternative
The Many Faces of Evil
Christ and Christians
A Critique of Niebuhr's Christ and Culture
The Incompatibility of Christianity and Civilization
Christian Ethics
Process Christian Ethics
The Ethics of Belief
Relativism, Morality, Belief
Capital Punishment
Physician Assisted Suicide
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