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Dr. David Deavel

Associate Editor of Logos; Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies


BA, English and Philosophy, Calvin College (1996)
MA, Historical Theology, Fordham University (2000)
MPhil, Historical Theology, Fordham University (2001)
PhD, Historical Theology, Fordham University (2011)

Areas of Expertise

John Henry Newman, G. K. Chesterton, and English Catholic Literary Revival
Literature and Catholic Thought
Political Philosophy

Awards and Honors

Acton Institute's Novak Award (2013)

Selected Publications

“'A Critic Who Listens': Edward T. Oakes as Literary Man and Humanist,” Chicago Studies 54:1 (Spring 2015): 26-38.

“Chesterton Among the Theologians,” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 37: 3-4 (Fall-Winter 2014): 23-28.

“Second Thoughts: Newman on Political and Economic Liberty,” Journal of Markets and Morality (Fall 2014).

The Gift of Wonder: Chestertonian Resources for Environmental Stewardship,” Nova et Vetera (English edn.) 10:1 (2012): 135-42.

“Beyond Autobiography: Loss and Gain as Theological Satire,” in Ignatius Critical edition of Loss and Gain, Trevor Lipscombe, ed. (Ignatius Press, 2012): 357-66.

“Chesterton and Hitchcock: The Difference a Life Makes,” The Chesterton Review 37:3 (Fall-Winter 2011): 469-87.

“Iron Hardness, Surpassing Sweetness: Newman as Preacher,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 14:4 (Fall 2011): 169-79.

"Norris, Kathleen." New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2011. Ed. Robert L. Fastiggi. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 614-615

“Fides et Ratio and the English Catholic Revival: Classic Apologists on Faith and Reason,” in Reason and the Rule of Faith, Steven A. Long and Christopher J. Thompson, eds.,(University Press of America, 2010): 119-31.

“Choosing Love: The Redemption of Severus Snape,” with Catherine Jack Deavel, in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles, Gregory Bassham, ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2010): 53-65.

“Clark’s In the Deep Midwinter and Hansen’s Atticus: Examples of a Two-Fold Literature of Life,” with Catherine Jack Deavel, New Blackfriars 89: 1024 (November 2008): 657-73.

“An Odd Couple? A First Glance at Chesterton and Newman,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 10:1 (2007): 112-31.

“Arguments for a Developmental Change in Church Teaching on Contraception: An Examination,” Faith & Reason 29:1 (2004): 49-74.

“Character, Choice, and Harry Potter,” with Catherine Jack Deavel, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 5:4 (2002): 49-64. Reprinted in Children's Literature Review (2013).

Selected Presentations

“Evangelical and Catholic Vampire Hunters Together,” for “Life and Learning XXV,” the 2015 conference of University Faculty for Life, May 29, 2015.

“Natural Law and Freedom in the Thought of C. S. Lewis,” for “C. S. Lewis and Liberty,” co-sponsored by Liberty Fund and the Acton Institute, November 20, 2014.

“Chesterton as Theologian,” for the 2014 American Chesterton Society Conference, Mundelein, Illinois, August 1, 2014.

“Liturgical Imagination and Liturgical Reform in Newman: Hints from the Tractarians for Catholic Liturgical Reformers,” for “The Role of The Imagination in Newman and Others,” the 2014 Newman Association of America Annual Conference, July 31-August 2, 2014.

“Cultural Aesthetics in a Free Society,” for Acton Institute's Acton University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 18, 2014.

“Second Thoughts on Newman: Newman, Constitutions, and Markets,” The 2013 Calihan Lecture, University of St. Thomas, October 30, 2013.

“Newman's Hard-Headed Ecumenism: Evangelicals, Other Protestants, and Catholics Together in the Fight Against Secularism,” for “Newman and the Specter of Relativism,” the 2013 Newman Association of America Annual Conference, August 8-10.

“Newman, Wealth, and Holiness,” for “In the Way of Holiness,” the 2012 Newman Association of America National Conference, August 9-11.

“Nature, Grace, and the Polis: Catholic and Calvinist Debates,” for “Nature as Norm,” sponsored by the St. Paul Seminary, June 14-16, 2011.

“The Gift of Wonder: Chestertonian Resources for Creation Stewardship,” for “Renewing the Face of the Earth: The Church and the Order of Creation,” Sponsored by the St. Paul Seminary, October 29-31, 2009, St. Paul Minnesota.

Professional Memberships

Academy of Catholic Theology
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Newman Association of America (Board Member, 2013-2016)
University Faculty for Life

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 599 - 01 Poetry and the Priesthood - - - - - S - 0700 - 0800
CRN: 30669 3 Credit Hours Instructor: David P. Deavel

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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
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CATH 101 - 04 The Search for Happiness - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 55S B10
CRN: 42131 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David P. Deavel This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

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CATH 201 - 01 Path/Expres/Pract in Cath Spir - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 55S B10
CRN: 40928 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David P. Deavel This course provides an investigation into the various forms and expressions of spirituality which derive their inspiration from a common origin in Christian Revelation and the teachings of the Catholic Church. We will examine in depth a selection of topics and themes having to do with differing expressions and practices of Catholic spirituality across a number of historical eras and cultures. Possible topics include prayer and contemplation; the varieties of lay and religious spiritualities in both their solitary and communal dimensions; virtue; and vocation and work. Interdisciplinary course materials will draw on sources in theology, philosophy, history, literature, and art or music.

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CSMA 598 - 08 The Search for Happiness M - - - - - - 0600 - 0700
CRN: 43546 3 Credit Hours Instructor: David P. Deavel

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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