Rolnick, Philip portrait

Rolnick, Philip

Professor
Degree
Ph.D. Duke University
Office
JRC 139
Phone
(651) 962-5319
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 153, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105

Philip Rolnick is Professor of Theology and Chair of the Science and Theology Network (STN).

He teaches courses on C. S. Lewis, Science and Theology, Christian Marriage, and Faith in the Management Professions.

St. Thomas recently awarded him with the University Scholar Grant to work on his current manuscript, Interactions: Evolution, Big Bang, and Creation (Baylor University Press, forthcoming 2014).  As a result, from 2011-2014, Professor Rolnick only teaches courses in Fall and J-term semesters. During the Spring and Summer, he works intensively on the manuscript.

He has published books and/or articles on theological language, personhood, the Trinity, and the engagement of science and theology. He holds membership in Princeton's Center of Theological Inquiry, The American Academy of Religion, The Michael Polanyi Society, and The American Catholic Philosophical Association.

PUBLICATIONS

WORK FORTHCOMING

“The Human Person in Light of Trinitarian Analogies.” This essay is being translated into Russian.         

BOOKS PUBLISHED

Person, Grace, and God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, August 2007). http://www.eerdmans.com/Products/4043/person-grace-and-god.aspx

 Reflections on Grace, Edited and introduced by Philip A. Rolnick and Jonathan R. Wilson, the manuscript of Thomas A. Langford. (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books2007

 Explorations in Ethics: Readings from Across the Curriculum, Editor and contributor (Greensboro, NC: Greensboro College Press, 1998).              

Analogical Possibilities: How Words Refer to God, (New York: Oxford University Press), originally published, American Academy of Religion,

Academy Series (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993), now with Oxford University Press. http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/25045/subject/Religion/?view=usa&ci=9781555408251

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS, INVITED and REFEREED ARTICLES, and REVIEWS

Review in Modern Theology (Feb. 2012) of, Joshua Hochschild, The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan’s De Nominum Analogia. Notre Dame, IN: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).

“Persons at Home in the Universe—Openness, Purpose, and Transcendence,” in In Search of the Self: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Personhood, ed. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen and Erik P. Wiebe, forthcoming (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011).

“Analogy” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, Edited by Ian A. McFarland, David A. S. Fergusson, Karen Kilby, Iain R. Torrance. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

“The Concept of Person: Philip A. Rolnick’s Person, Grace, and God,” in Tradition and Discovery XXXVI, no. 3 (2010): 31-51. The journal has three articles on Dr. Rolnick and three article length responses by Dr. Rolnick.

“Keeping Faith: Evolution and Theology,” in Logos 13:2 (Spring 2010): 132-152. Co-authored with Biologist Jayna Ditty

“Michael Polanyi,” co-authored with P. Mullins in The Science and Religion Primer, ed. Heidi Campbell and H. Looy(Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009)

“Trinity and Perichoresis” in The Science and Religion Primer, ed. Heidi Campbell and H. Looy(Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009)

 “Wittgenstein and Polanyi on the Concept of the Person,” Appraisal Fall, 2008

“Trinity,” in Erwin Fahlbusch, Jan Milic Lochman, John Mbiti, Jaroslav Pelikan, and Lukas Vischer, eds., The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Vol. 5 (Grand Rapidsand Cambridge, UK: Wm. B. Eerdmans and Leiden and Boston, Brill, Dec., 2007).

“Brain, Mind, Soul, and Spirit—Unified in Personality,” in Global Spiral, an e-publication of Metanexus. This article is an excerpt taken from Person, Grace, and God.

Review of Terence Nichols, Sacred Cosmos in Zygon 41:2 (June 2006): 490-492.

“Darwin’s Problems, Neo-Darwinian Solutions, and Jesus’ Love Commands,” in Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective, ed. Philip Clayton and Jeffrey Schloss (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004), 302-317.

Review of Terence Nichols, Sacred Cosmos: Christian Faith and the Challenge of Naturalism in The Catholic Spirit, September, 2004

Online review of Russell Stannard, www.Here-I-Am on Metanexus (2003)

“Realist Reference to God: Analogy or Univocity?” in Realism and Antirealism, ed. William P. Alston (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002), 211-237.

“Persons, Purpose, and Grace,” in Grace upon Grace: Essays in Honor of Thomas A. Langford, Jr., ed. R. Johnston and J. Wilson (Nashville: Abingdon Press(1999)

“The Innovating Covenant: Exploring the Work of Charles McCoy,” Tradition and Discovery 24:3 (1998): 15-28.

“Personal Participation and Universal Intent: The Purpose of Creation” in From Polanyi to the 21st Century, Proceedings of the Centennial Conference, Kent State University (1997): 564-583.

“Response to Reviews of Analogical Possibilities: How Words Refer to God,” Tradition and Discovery 22:1 (1995): 36-37

“Polanyi's Progress: Transcendence, Universality, and Teleology,” Tradition and Discovery 19:2 (1993): 13-31.

“Fatherhood and the Names of God,” Names 40:4 December 1992: 271-282.

“The Harnack-Barth Debate and the Point of Nineteenth Century Theology,” Papers of the Nineteenth Century Working Group, 18 (1992): 95-115, The

American Academy of Religion (Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado College)

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 306 - 02 Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115 AQU 303
CRN: 42982 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jeanne G. Buckeye, Philip A. Rolnick What is a good manager and how does he or she contribute to the common good? This course pursues these questions within the Christian social tradition broadly understood through an exploration of the theological relationship between work as a vocation and leisure as contemplation. Within this theological context, the course examines the financial, organizational, technological, and cultural forces that managers and organizations encounter daily. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103) and one 200-level THEO course

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THEO 101 - 34 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 AQU 301
CRN: 41994 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. NOTE: Students who receive credit for THEO 101 may not receive credit for THEO 102 or 103.

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THEO 101 - P5 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 AQU 301
CRN: 40382 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. NOTE: Students who receive credit for THEO 101 may not receive credit for THEO 102 or 103.

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THEO 422 - 01 Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115 AQU 303
CRN: 41981 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jeanne G. Buckeye, Philip A. Rolnick What is a good manager and how does he or she contribute to the common good? This course pursues these questions within the Christian social tradition broadly understood through an exploration of the theologcial relationship between work as a vocation and leisure as contemplation. Within this theological context, the course examines the financial, organizational, technological, and cultural forces that managers and organizations encounter daily. Prerequsite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 423 - 01 Christian Marriage - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MHC 202
CRN: 10094 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick This course is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 391 - 01 Persons Divine & Human -Majors - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 327
CRN: 20897 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick A capstone experience for theology majors and minors. The subject matter of this course, announced in the annual Class Schedule, will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate already existing theology courses. Students explore, in seminar format, a particular theological theme or issue form the perspective of at least three of the four sub-disciplines of theology (biblical, systematic, historical, moral). Under the guidance of the instructor, students will complete a major research project. Prerequisite: a minimum of sixteen credits in theology, including THEO 101 (or 102 and 103)

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THEO 462 - 01 Theo and Lit - C.S. Lewis - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 327
CRN: 22599 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick This is a Bridge Course whose readings will focus primarily on C.S. Lewis's literary works, especially, but not exclusively, on his fiction. The course will also include some critical works, both Lewis's as well as others' work about Lewis. In addition, numerous biblical passages will be examined, including the parables of Jesus, which, as a parallel to Lewis's work, can demonstrate the theological possibility of narrative. Class lectures and readings in and about Lewis will explore Christian theology and its interdisciplinary relations to literature, especially myth. Through the lens of Lewis's literature, historical, philosophical, moral, educational, and global issues will be considered. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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