John Carter

John Carter

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

John E. Carter is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Law in the Wake Forest University School of Law and the Program for Leadership and Character. A 2010 alumnus of Wake Forest School of Divinity, he also serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Law, and Public Life at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. John completed his PhD at Boston College, having previously earned a JD from Duke University School of Law. His doctoral dissertation explored legal and moral debates about religious liberty and the sanctity of conscience in light of the Christian tradition's understanding of both. John also practiced law for over a decade in Kentucky and Tennessee in a variety of practice areas, including six years specializing in the defense of municipalities in litigation brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.


  • Ph D, Boston College, 2022
  • ThM, Boston College, 2015
  • MDiv, Wake Forest University, 2010
  • JD, Duke University, 1996
  • BA, Samford University, 1993



  • Lot's Daughters and Naomi and Ruth: Of 'Moral Love' and National Myths, 52 Journal of Religious Ethics 50 - 70 (2024).
  • Natural Law's Return: Uncovering the Roots of Intractability on Gun Laws as a Prelude to New Growth, 12 Journal of Moral Theology 33 - 57 (2023).
  • Reconsidering the Relationship Between Vitoria and Grotius's Contributions to the International Law and Natural Law Traditions, 49 Journal of Religious Ethics 159 - 187 (2021).
  • Treading Water at the Cliff's Edge: The Dilemma Posed by Federal Money for Southern Baptist Colleges and Universities, 1958-1969, 45 Perspectives in Religious Studies 277 – 297 (2018).
  • Whose Conscience? Which Religious Liberty? Rhetoric of Conscience and the Unfinished Baptist Doctrine of Soul Competency, 34 American Baptist Quarterly 271 – 288 (2015).


  • The Desire for Retaliation is a Fool's Errand Baptist News Global, November 22, 2023
  • Revisiting 'Natural Law' and Gun Rights Baptist News Global, November 8, 2023
  • Republicans, Democrats, PHNs and Cutting the Baby in Half Baptist News Global, October 16, 2023
  • This More Appropriate Stephen Foster Song Can Replace 'My Old Kentucky Home' Courier- Journal (Louisville, Ky.), September 9, 2020
  • How Hard It Is to Enter the Kingdom of God Baptist News Global, February 19, 2015
  • Zimmerman Case Law: A Ruler or A Mirror Baptist News Global, July 16, 2013
  • Am I Emergent-Baptist? Baptist News Global, January 21, 2013
  • What Jesus Really Meant LEO Weekly (Louisville, Ky.), August 15, 2005
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