Dament, Lois

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Nichols, Terence

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    Ph.D. Marquette University. May, 1988. Religious Studies (Systematic Theology).
    Dissertation: "Miracles as a Sign of the Good Creation"
    Philip Rossi, director.

    B.A. University of Minnesota, 1967. Major: Humanities.

Areas of Academic Interest

    Theology and Science
    Death and Afterlife
    Muslim-Christian Dialogue
    Catholic ecclesiology

Academic Positions Held

    Co-director: Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center     Chair: Theology Department, July, 2002-June, 2006

    Professor, University of St. Thomas,
     Theology Department, Sept., 2003-

    Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas,
     Theology Department, 1997-2003

    Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas,
     Theology Department, 1988-1997.


    Univ. of St. Thomas, Maxi Grant, 1997-1998
    Templeton Foundation: Templeton Course Award, 1996.
    Univ. of St. Thomas Maxi Grant, Fall, 1993.
    Univ. of St. Thomas Research Assistance grant; Summer, 1991.



    The Sacred Cosmos: Christian Faith and the Challenge of Naturalism. Grand Rapids, Mich: Brazos Press, Dec., 2003.

    That All May Be One: Hierarchy and Participation in theChurch:  Liturgical Press, 1997.

Articles and Chapters in Books:
    "`This is My Body': How to Understand Transubstantiation" Commonweal, Oct. 7, 2005, pp. 12-14.

    "'Authority' for 'The Authority of the Church in the World'" in Ecumenical Trends, April, 2004, pp. 9-12.

    "Participatory Hierarchy," chapter 6 in Common Calling: The Laity and the Governance of the Catholic Church, ed. by Stephen Pope. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004.

    "Revelation and Evolution: The Journey of Creation into God", chapter 1 in Revelation and Church-The Theological Legacy of Raymond A. Lucker ed. by Raymond Lucker and William McDonough, Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, spring, 2003.

    "Why Miracles" and "Miracles: Scientific and Theological Perspectives," in Zygon, Sept 2002,
    "Evolution: Journey or Random Walk," in Zygon March, 2002, 193-211.
    "Transubstantiation and Eucharistic Presence," Pro Ecclesia Winter, 2002, 57-75.
    "Who's Afraid of Hierarchy," Commonweal, April 7, 2000, 16-18.

    "Theology and the Integration of Knowledge", Chapter in Enhancing Religious Identity. ed. by John Wilcox & Irene King (Wash. D.C.: Georgetown Univ. Press, 2000).
    "Aquinas' Concept of Substantial Form and Modern Science," International Philosophical Quarterly, September, 1996.

    Chapter 17: "The Renaissance," chapter 22: "Modern Challenges to Christianity," The Christian Theological Tradition 2nd ed. (Upper Saddle River: NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000, 2003:).

    Co-author: chapter 1: "Introduction," chapter 24: "Christianity and the Contemporary Situation" for The Christian Theological Tradition (1996, 2000, 2003).

    "Hierarchy and the Church," in Pro Ecclesia, summer, 1995.
    "Theology and the Integration of Knowledge" in "Curriculum in a Catholic University," (Papers from the Summer Seminar, Univ.of St. Thomas, 1995)

    "Social and Religious Pluralism and the Catholicity of the Church," in  Religions of the Book (The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society, 1992), ed. by Gerard Sloyan, Univ. Press of America, 1996.

    "Miracles, the Supernatural, and the Problem of Extrinsicism," in Gregorianium, Winter, 1990.

Membership in Professional Societies

    American Academy of Religion

    Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

    College Theology Society

    Catholic Theological Society of America

    National Faith and Order Commission

Ozdemir, Adil

Clinical Professor
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B.A., Ph.D.. Institute of Social Sciences of Nine September University, Turkey

Dr. Ozdemir, a native of Turkey, taught Qur'anic rhetoric at Nine September University in Izmir, Turkey, for twenty five years. Since 2003 he has been teaching courses on Islam at the University of St. Thomas. He is the co-author (with Kenneth Frank) of Visible Islam in Modern Turkey (Macmillan, 2000).

Academic Positions Held

    Co-director: Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center

    Clinical Professor: Theology Department, 2004-present