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Dr. David Deavel

Editor of LOGOS; Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies
Office
Sitzmann Hall 311
Phone
(651)962-5864

Education

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

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 201 - 04 Path/Expres/Pract in Cath Spir - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SJV

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

SJV

Course Registration Number:

41577 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David P. Deavel, Joseph H. Kuharski

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 308 - L01 Woman and Man M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 55S B10

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

55S B10

Course Registration Number:

40620 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David P. Deavel

This course examines the definition of "woman" and "man" from both the historical and the philosophical perspective. Readings and discussion center on the question of (1) whether there are important philosophical differences between women and men and (2) whether such differences are natural or socially constructed. The implications of various answers to those questions are then examined, with special attention given to the Catholic tradition's reflections on the nature and ends of marriage, the character of priestly ordination, friendship between women and men, and human sexuality. The purpose of this course is to examine the ways in which thinkers from a wide spectrum have construed male/female relationships. A major component of this course consists in the study of power and the way it operates both in history and in contemporary culture. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement in Human Diversity. Prerequisite: PHIL 115

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 519 - 02 Newman M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

43114 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David P. Deavel

John Henry Newman has been called, somewhat misleadingly, the father of the Second Vatican Council. His influence on the Council was largely indirect but it can be traced fairly clearly on the two conciliar documents on Revelation and the Church. The Church historian Jaroslav Pelikan insisted that Newman was the most important theologian of the modern era. T. S. Eliot argued that he is one of the two most eloquent English sermon writers. James Joyce added that he was the best prose stylist in English. Pope Benedict XVI stressed his importance as the theologian of conscience, presided at his beatification in England in September 2010 and has called for his canonization and declaration as doctor of the Church. In this course we will examine not only Cardinal Newman’s most important theological works focusing on the development of doctrine and the role of conscience in relation to Church authority, but also his philosophical works addressing the relations of faith and reason, his work on university education and selected poetry, meditations and devotions, novels, and sermons.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 599 - 11 Newman & Online Univ Education - - - - - - - 0600 - 0700

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

0600 - 0700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43832 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David P. Deavel

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 599 - 12 Iconography - - - - - - - 0600 - 0700

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

0600 - 0700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43845 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David P. Deavel

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 406 - 01 The Many Worlds of Chesterton - T - R - - - 0900 - 1200 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

10396 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

David P. Deavel

A natural controversialist, G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) seemed to write about everything: Christian apologetics, philosophy, social issues, politics, literature and art. He was also a poet, short story writer, and novelist. In the course of his life he was an atheist, a Protestant, and finally a Catholic. In all things, he brought his own peculiar joyful genius to his writings. In this course, we will study representative samples of Chesterton’s voluminous writings both to understand and evaluate his approach to many different areas of study, and also to see how, ultimately, his Christian faith provided a unifying intellectual vision of reality. Works to be studied could include Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man, The Thing, St. Francis, The Man who was Thursday, and What's Wrong with the World. Students may not take both 4XX [two credit course] and 4XX [four credit course].

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Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 405 - 01 John Henry Newman M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

22606 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David P. Deavel

John Henry Newman has been called, somewhat misleadingly, the father of the Second Vatican Council. According to Jarsoslav Pelikan, "(n)ot only to his latter day disciples, ...but to many of those who have drawn other conclusions from his insights, John Henry Newman has become the most important theological thinker of modern times." T.S. Eliot had insisted that he is one of the two most eloquent sermon writers in the English language. Pope Benedict XVI stressed his importance as the theologian of conscience when he presided at his beatification in England. In this course we will examine not only Cardinal Newman's most important theological works focusing on the development of doctrine and the role of conscience in relation to Church authority, but also his philosophical works addressing the relations of faith and reason, his work on university education and selected poetry, meditations and devotions, and sermons. Prerequisite: THEO 101

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 519 - 01 Newman - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22359 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David P. Deavel

The Church's newest Saint, referred to as, “the most important theological thinker of modern times,” Cardinal Newman is perhaps best known for his work on university education. His most significant intellectual work, however, was in the area of development of doctrine, the relations of faith and reason, and the role of authority and conscience in the life of the Church. This course considers the contemporary relevance of Newman’s thought in each of these areas and examines his sermons and devotional writings, works which led T. S. Eliot to refer to Newman as one of the two greatest homilists in the English language.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GENG 572 - 01 Newman - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23223 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David P. Deavel

Possible topics may include literature and film, the Bible and literature, the memoir, ecology and literature, literatures of the Holocaust, and literary biography. Credit may be earned more than once under this course number for different emphases.

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