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Dr. Paul Wojda

Associate Professor of Theology
Degree
Ph.D. Notre Dame
Office
JRC 149
Phone
(651) 962-5385
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5385
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.

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 420 - 01 Theology & Biomedical Revol - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

30155 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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THEO 420 - 02 Theology & Biomedical Revol - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

30533 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - 00 Commuter Special Sect - - W - - - - 1215 - 1320

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- - W - - - -

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1215 - 1320

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Course Registration Number:

43435 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Cara L. Anthony, Paul J. Wojda, Shirley E. Jordon

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.

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THEO 101 - W02 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 210

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M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

OEC 210

Course Registration Number:

41155 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

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.

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THEO 101 - W03 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 210

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OEC 210

Course Registration Number:

41873 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

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.

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THEO 490 - D1 City of God: History, Politics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 101

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

SCB 101

Course Registration Number:

43152 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

In August, 410AD, the unthinkable happened. The ancient city of Rome, historic capital of the Roman empire, was sacked by barbarian troops. Many pagans blamed Christians for the catastrophe, on the grounds that the recently empowered Church encouraged the legal prohibition of public worship of the gods who traditionally had protected Rome from just such a disaster. In response to this charge, St. Augustine of Hippo took up his pen and, over a thirteen year time-span, composed what would become, after the Bible itself, one of the most important books in the history of the Christian theological tradition: The City of God Against the Pagans. By the time he finished writing, Augustine’s “great and arduous work” had grown into a comprehensive assault on the entirety of pagan Roman thought and culture, and a timeless work of Christian apologetics, masterfully interweaving Scripture and Platonic philosophy. This course will guide students through the entirety of this classic text, with special attention given to the historical, political, and theological questions that the City of God continues to provoke today, almost 1600 years after it was written.

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
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