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Wojda, Paul

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. Notre Dame
Office
JRC 149
Phone
(651) 962-5385
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave/JRC153.
St. Paul MN 55105

Paul J. Wojda, Ph.D.

Biographical Information

Associate professor of theology in the University of St. Thomas since 1992, Dr. Wojda teaches in the area of moral theology, with a special interest in biomedical ethics.  Dr. Wojda is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received a B.A. in Government and Political Theory in 1984.  He holds a Masters degree (cum laude) in religious studies from Yale University Divinity School (1987), and a doctorate in moral theology from the University of Notre Dame (1993).  His doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between moral authority and martyrdom in the Christian tradition.

 

In addition to his duties at St. Thomas, Dr. Wojda has served as Chair of former Archbishop Harry Flynn’s Biomedical Ethics Commission, and is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Basic and Applied Research in Surgery, a non-profit foundation affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School.  He has served as an ethics consultant to Catholic Health Initiatives, the country’s largest Catholic healthcare provider, as well as on the perinatal bioethics committee of Hennepin County Medical Center.  He also served as a member of the National Marrow Donor Center’s Institutional Review Board.

 

Over the past decade and a half, Dr. Wojda has led groups of St. Thomas students on various study-abroad trips, most notably to Ukraine (Janueary 2006), Rome (Spring 2010), and Poland (January 2012). In each case students explored the intersections between society, politics, and the Church, a longstanding interest of Dr. Wojda’s.

 

Dr. Wojda’s scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in the Encyclopedia of CatholicismPro Ecclesia, Word and World, The Annual for the Society of Christian Ethics, Theology Today, and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Wojda lives in St. Paul with his wife, Keely, and their five children, Clare, Paul, Matthew, Catherine, and Lucy.  He is a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 519 - 01 Augustine's City of God M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207
CRN: 42208 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Wojda Augustine began writing City of God in 413 AD. His original intention was to defend the Christian church against its pagan critics, who held Christianity responsible for bringing about the sack of Rome in 410. However, by the time he had finished (426), Augustine’s work had grown into a comprehensive assault on the entirety of pagan Roman thought and culture through a masterful interweaving of Scripture and ancient Greek (Platonic) philosophy. This course will consist of a close reading of the entirety of City of God, with special emphasis on the political, historical, and theological themes that have made Augustine’s work second only to the Bible in the shaping of Western Christianity. This course fulfills an elective requirement of the CSMA program.

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DVMT 800 - 03 Bioethics - - - R - - - 1815 - 2115 BEC 108
CRN: 43191 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Wojda

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 420 - 01 Christian Bioethics - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 MHC 208
CRN: 10304 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Wojda This course examines the contributions of Christian faith to reflecting upon, understanding, and resolving issues and ethical questions raised by revolutionary developments in the life sciences, e.g. innovation birth technologies, genetic manipulation and control, human experimentation, the prolonging of life and allocation of scarce medical resources. 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 420 - 01 Christian Bioethics - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 SCB 326
CRN: 21763 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mary Ann Kish, Paul J. Wojda This course examines the contributions of Christian faith to reflecting upon, understanding, and resolving issues and ethical questions raised by revolutionary developments in the life sciences, e.g. innovation birth technologies, genetic manipulation and control, human experimentation, the prolonging of life and allocation of scarce medical resources. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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THEO 420 - 02 Christian Bioethics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 326
CRN: 22591 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mary Ann Kish, Paul J. Wojda This course examines the contributions of Christian faith to reflecting upon, understanding, and resolving issues and ethical questions raised by revolutionary developments in the life sciences, e.g. innovation birth technologies, genetic manipulation and control, human experimentation, the prolonging of life and allocation of scarce medical resources. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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