Mark J. Cherry is the Dr. Patricia A. Hayes Professor in Applied Ethics and Professor of Philosophy. He currently serves as Department Chair.

Professor Cherry's research compasses ethics and bioethics, together with social and political philosophy. He is Editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press), Senior Editor of Christian Bioethics (Oxford University Press), and Editor-in-Chief of HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum (Springer); he is Co-Editor of the book series The Annals of Bioethics (Routledge) and Editor of the book series Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture (Springer). His book length monographs include: Kidney for Sale by Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market (Georgetown University Press, 2005; reissued in 2015); Sex, Family and the Culture Wars (Transaction Publishers, 2016); and Bioethics After God: Morality, Culture, and Medicine (University of Notre Dame Press, 2024).

Academic Appointments

The Dr. Patricia A. Hayes Professor in Applied Ethics

Professor, Department of Philosophy

Year Started

Languages Spoken



PhD in Philosophy, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1999

MA in Philosophy, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1996

BA in Philosophy, The University of Houston, Texas, 1991

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

2003 Saint Edward’s University Teaching Excellence Award

2016 Doctor Honoris Causa. Presented by the “1 December 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Romania.

Organizations, Boards and Memberships


Book Series

Publications & Articles



Kidney for Sale by Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005; reissued 2015).

Sex, Family and the Culture Wars (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2016).

Bioethics After God: Morality, Culture, and Medicine (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2024)

Edited Volumes

Ethical Issues in Cardiovascular Medicine (New York: Routledge, 2022); co-editor: David Zientek

Sex Robots: Social Impact and the Future of Human Relations (Lisse: Springer, 2022); co-editor: Ruiping Fan

At the Foundations of Bioethics and Biopolitics: Critical Essays on the Thought of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2015); co-editors: Lisa Rasmussen and Ana Iltis.

At the Roots of Christian Bioethics: Critical Essays on the Thought of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. (Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2010); co-editor: Ana Iltis.

The Normativity of the Natural: Human Goods, Human Virtues, and Human Flourishing (Dordrecht: Springer, 2009).

Pluralistic Casuistry: Balancing Moral Arguments, Economic Realities, and Political Theory (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007); co-editor: Ana Iltis.

The Death of Metaphysics; The Death of Culture: Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Morality (Dordrecht: Springer, 2006).

Religious Perspectives in Bioethics (London: Taylor and Francis, 2004); co-editors: John Peppin and Ana Iltis.

Natural Law and the Possibility of a Global Ethics (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004).

Regional Perspectives in Bioethics (Lisse: Swets and Zeitlinger Publishers, 2003); co-editor: John Peppin.

Allocating Scarce Medical Resources: Roman Catholic Perspectives (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2002); co-editor: H.T. Engelhardt, Jr.

Persons and Their Bodies: Rights, Responsibilities, Relationships | Mark J. Cherry | Springer  (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999).


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Paid Organ Donation: Challenges for Public Health Care Policy.” In Living Donor Organ Transplantation, second edition, eds. R.W.G. Gruessner and E. Benedetti (177-185) (San Diego: Academic Press, 2024).

“Well-Being, Health, and Human Embodiment: The Familial Lifeworld.” In The Vulnerability of the Human World, eds. E. Boublil and S. Ferrarello (Geneva: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2023).

“Bioethics: Shaping Medical Practice and Taking Diversity Seriously,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 48(4)(2023): 313-321.

“Foundations of Christian Bioethics: Metaphysical, Conceptual, and Biblical,” Christian Bioethics 28(2)(2023): 1-10.

“Sex Robots: A Twenty-First Century Innovation in the Culture Wars,” in Sex Robots: Their Social Impact and the Future of Human Relations, M. Cherry and R. Fan eds. (Lisse: Springer, 2022).

“What Happens When the Brain Goes Elsewhere?” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 47(2)(2022).

“Could you Marry a Sex Robot? Shifting Sexual Norms and the Transformation of the Family,” in Sex Robots: Their Social Impact and the Future of Human Relations, M. Cherry and R. Fan eds. (Lisse: Springer, 2022).

“Christian Bioethics and the Partisan Commitments of Secular Bioethicists: Epistemic Injustice, Moral Distress, Civil Disobedience,” Christian Bioethics 27(2)(2021).

“Bioethicist as Partisan Ideologue,” American Journal of Bioethics 21(6)(2021): 22-25.

“Секс, аборты и детоубийство: пропасть между секулярным и божественным.” ГОСУДАРСТВО РЕЛИГИЯ ЦЕРКОВЬ в России и за рубежом (State, Religion and Church in Russian and Worldwide) 38(4)(2020): 195-228.

“Contested Organ Harvesting from the Newly Deceased: First Person Assent, Presumed Consent, and familial Authority,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 44(5)(2019): 603-620.

“Bioethics without God: The Transformation of Medicine within a Fully Secular Culture,” Christian Bioethics 25(1)(2019): 1-16.

“Bioethics after the Death of God,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 43(6) (2018).

Kidney for Sale by Owner: Endorsing a Secular Heresy, The International Journal of Applied Philosophy 31(2)(2018): 171-187.

“Physician Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia: How Not to Die as a Christian, Christian Bioethics 24(1)(2018).

“Created in the Image of God: Bioethical Implications of the Imago Dei,” Christian Bioethics 23(3)(2017): 219-233.

“Organ Vouchers and Barter Markets: Saving Lives, Reducing Suffering, and Trading in Human Organs,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 42(5)(2017): 503-517.

“Adolescents Lack Sufficient Maturity to Consent to Medical Research,” The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 45(3)(2017): 307-317.

“The Scandal of Secular Bioethics: What Happens When the Culture Acts as if There is No God?” Christian Bioethics 23(2) (2017): 85-99.

 “Bioethics After the Death of God: Reflections on an Engelhardtian Theme”, in At the Foundations of Bioethics and Biopolitics: Critical Essays on the Thought of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Lisa Rasmussen, Ana Iltis and Mark J. Cherry (eds.) (Dordrecht: Springer, 2015), 159-175.

 “Medicine, Morality, and Mortality: The Challenges of Moral Diversity,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 40(5)(2015).

 “Re-Thinking the Role of the Family in Medical Decision Making,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 40(4)(2015): 451-472.

“The Consumerist Moral Babel of the Post-Modern Family,” Christian Bioethics 21(2)(2015): 144-165.

 “Individually Directed Informed Consent and the Decline of the Family in the West,” in Family-Oriented Informed Consent: East Asian & American Perspectives. Ruiping Fan ed. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2015), pp. 43-62.

 “Brain Death” in Owen D. Jones, Jeffrey D. Schall, and Frances X. Shen (eds.). Law and Neuroscience (New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2014), 281-286. Aspen Casebook Series. (Reprint of “Revisiting Death and the Dead Donor Rule,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (3) (2010): 223-241; co-author: A. Iltis.

“Pope Francis I, Weak Theology, and the Subtle Transformation of Roman Catholic Bioethics,” Christian Bioethics 21(1)(2015).

“The Emptiness of Post-Modern, Post-Christian Bioethics: An Engelhardtian Re-Evaluation of the Status of the Field,”Christian Bioethics 20(2)(2014): 168-186.

“Suffering in an Age of Life-Sustaining Therapy,” in Suffering in Bioethical Decision-Making, eds. Ronald M. Green and Nathan J. Palpant (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014): 337-353.

“Ascendancy of the Fundamentalist Secular State,” European Journal of Science and Theology 10(2) (2014): 79-88.

“What are Our Moral Duties? Critical Reflections on Clinical Equipoise and Publication Ethics, Clinical Choices and Moral Theory,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38(6) (2013).

“It is Morally Acceptable to Buy and Sell Organs for Human Transplantation: Moral Puzzles and Policy Failures,” in Contemporary Debates in Bioethics, eds. Robert Arp and Arthur Caplan (New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013): 47-58.

“Ignoring the Data and Endangering Children: Why the Mature Minor Standard for Medical Decision Making must be Abandoned,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38(3)(2013).

“Building Social and Economic Capital: The Family and Medical Savings Accounts,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 37(6)(2012): 526-544.

“A preservação da possibilidade de liberdade na assistência à saúde” (pp. 137-180), in Bioética Global: O colapso do consenso (Sao Paulo: Paulinas, 2012) (in Portuguese).

“Family Integrity and Sustainable Healthcare Reform: The Importance of Healthcare Savings Accounts,” Yixue yu Zhexue (Medicine and Philosophy) 33(3A)(2012): 6-9. (In Chinese.)

“Conscience Clauses, the Refusal to Treat, and Civil Disobedience – Practicing Medicine as a Christian in a Hostile Secular Moral Space,” Christian Bioethics 18(1)(2012): 1-14.

“Ritual as Education Concerning Social Space and Time,” in Traditional Rituals in a Post-Modern World, eds. D. Solomon and R. Fan (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012): 53-73.

“HHS Decision Shows Science, Politics Joined at the Hip,” Washington Examiner (in print and on-line) December 30, 2011; co-author: Jeff Bishop.

“Familial Authority and Christian Bioethics – A Geography of Moral and Social Controversies,” Christian Bioethics 17(3)(2011): 185-205.

“Bioethics as Political Ideology” in Bioethics Critically Reconsidered: Having Second Thoughts, ed. H.T. Engelhardt, Jr. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011): 99-122.

“The Socio-biological Foundations of the Family,” in Familie, Filantropie şi Etică Socială, ed. Dumitru A. Vanca (Alba Iulia: Editura Reintregirea, 2011): 188-210.

“Sex, Abortion and Infanticide: The Gulf Between the Secular and the Divine,” Christian Bioethics 17(1)(2011): 25-46.

“Social Justice, Charity and Tax Evasion: A Critical Inquiry,” in Bioethics with Liberty and Justice: Themes in the Work of Joseph M. Boyle, ed. C. Tollefsen (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011).

“Non-Consensual Treatment is (Nearly Always) Morally Impermissible,” The Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics 38(4) (2010): 789-798.

“Parental Authority and Pediatric Bioethical Decision-Making,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35(5) (2010): 553-572.

“An ‘as if’ God and an ‘as if’ Religion,” Christian Bioethics 16(2) (2010): 187-202.

“Human Rights, Social Justice and other Secular Evils: Why Christian Ethics and Christian Bioethics must be Traditionally Christian,” Saint Vladimir Seminary Theological Quarterly 54(2) (2010): 133-163.

“The Illusion of Consensus: Organ Harvesting from Prisoners Convicted of Capital Crimes,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35(2) (2010): 220-222.

Department Group

School Group

School of Arts and Humanities