New Frontiers Series

The Theology Department has hosted a lecture series, New Frontiers in Theological Research, twice a year since 2012. The aim of the series is to present the scholarly research of the faculty of the UST Theology Department in a publicly accessible form. The series contributes to the University’s emphasis on the integration of theology with other fields of study.




What is hope? How does it work?
Theological Insights into Human Resilience
Barbara Sain 

Dr. Barbara Sain, associate professor of systematic theology, 
will give the New Frontiers in Theological Research lecture.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:30 p.m.
McNeely Hall 100

Is hope an emotion, a virtue, or choice? Is it natural or supernatural? Is it best understood by theologians, social scientists or counselors? In this lecture, Barbara Sain will describe how hope has been defined differently by various historical and contemporary schools of thought and how these contrasting ideas of hope reveal different visions of what it means to be human. The lecture will offer ways of integrating disparate ideas of hope and strategies for overcoming hopelessness into a synthetic vision.


Other lectures in the series:

Dr Massimo Faggioli, ‘Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning’, April 19, 2012. See a similar lecture at St. Jerome's University.

Dr Anne King, "Christianity and the New Atheism," November 15, 2012.

Dr Michael Hollerich, "Eusebius and the Making of a Christian Culture," March 14, 2013.

Dr John Martens, "'Let the Little Children Come to Me': How Christianity Changed the Lives of Children," October 22, 2013.

Dr Terence Nichols, "Muslim-Christian Dialogue," March 4, 2014.

Dr Amy Levad, "Redeeming a Prison Society: A Liturgical and Sacramental Response to Mass Incarceration," October 21, 2014.

Dr David Penchansky, "The Bible and the Quran," February 24, 2015.

Dr Philip Rolnick, "Naturalism and Transcendence: A Debate about Science," November 12, 2015.

Dr. Paul Wojda, "Gerald Kelly, S.J., and the Future of Catholic Bioethics," April 14, 2016.

Dr. Mark McInroy, "Perceiving Splendor: The Role of Spiritual Perception in Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theological Aesthetics," September 22, 2016.

Dr. Steven McMichael, "The Glory of Paradise: The Meaning of Medieval Theology of Resurrection for Today," March 2, 2017.

Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, "Crucifying Beauty: God, Torture, and the Cross," September 27, 2017.