The University of St. Thomas

Rolnick, Philip


Ph.D. Duke University

Phone: (651) 962-5319
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Mail #JRC 153, University of St. Thomas
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St. Paul MN 55105

Office Location: JRC 139

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.



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


Person, Grace, and God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, August 2007).

 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.


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)