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Dr. CHECKETTS, Levi Mahonri

Assistant Professor
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CEC 905
Full CV  
  • Associate Director, Centre of Applied Ethics

  • Organizers and lead for Pontifical Council for Culture (Vatican) Committee for AI Concerns in Asia
  • Member of Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Steering Committee for American Academy of Religion
  • Fellow with Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences



BA, University of Notre Dame, USA

MTS, Boston College, USA

PhD, The Graduate Theological Union, USA

Taught previously at:

Santa Clara University, USA

St Mary’s College of California, USA

Holy Names University, USA



Courses Taught currently

RELI 4067 Environmental Ethics


Teaching area(s):

Christian social ethics, Technology ethics, Theology and Science, Human rights, Business ethics, Environmental ethics, Existentialism and phenomenology, Theological Studies of Technology


Research area(s):

Christian ethics of new technologies, Artificial Intelligence ethics, Theological Studies of Technology, Transhumanism, Economic ethics, Theology and Science, Mormon ethics

Current project(s):



Republishing Carl Mitcham and Jim Grote’s Theology and Technology: Essays in Christian Analysis and Exegesis with updated essays.


Monograph under contract with Fortress Press on Artificial Intelligence epistemology and poverty.


Leading AI concerns committee with scholars from across Asia to consult on social and ethical concerns of AI for the Vatican.

Selected output(s):

“Deus Ex Machina or Extra Pauperes Nullus Salus: Artificial Intelligence and the Marginalization of the Poor.” Journal of Moral Theology. Forthcoming.


“The Sacrality of Things: On the Technological Augmentation of the Sacred.” Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 25, No. 1 (February 2021): 130-152.


“Idle Hands and the Omega Point: Labor Automation and Catholic Social Teaching.” Agathon: A Journal of Ethics and Value in the Modern World 5 (2018): 153-171.


“Thomas Aquinas Meets Joseph Smith: Toward a Mormon Ethics of Natural Law.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 51, No. 1 (Spring 2018): 79-100.


 “The Cross and the Computer: Actor-Network Theory and Christianity.” Theology and Science 15, No. 1 (February 2017): 116-127.

Selected Conference Presentations:

“Latent Extropianism in Cross-Border Surrogate Pregancies: Devouring the Poor in the Name of the Free Market” (June 2021). College Theology Society Conference (online).


“Technology and Religion: On the Technological Augmentation of the Sacred” (March 2021). Arnold Lecture at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.


“Invisible Faces in Invisible Spaces” (July 2020). TheoCom 2020 Conference at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.


“The Christian Response to Entropy: Reading Pierre Teilhard de Chardin against Himself on Violence” (June 2019). Catholic Theological Society of America in Pittsburgh, PA.


“The Geoengineering Trolley Problem and a Jonasian Solution” (January 2019). Society for Christian Ethics 2019 Conference in Louisville, IN.