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Mark McInroy

Associate Professor
Degree
Th.D. Harvard Divinity School
Office
JRC 122
Phone
(651) 962-5315
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5315
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 109, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105

Mark McInroy is a constructive and historical theologian with interests in modern Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox thought, especially the modern retrievals and reformulations of patristic, medieval, and Reformation theologies. A component of his current research focuses on the theological legacy of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988), particularly as it pertains to the field of theological aesthetics. Other areas of interest include contemporary philosophy of religion, continental philosophy, mystical theology, philosophies and theologies of perception, and East-West relations in Christianity. In 2015 he received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise (formerly the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise), an internationally assessed award administered through the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is presently completing a monograph on modern retrievals of the Christian doctrine of deification and the role of the doctrine in Martin Luther’s mature theology.

Education 

Th.D., Harvard Divinity School (2009)

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, Visiting Doctoral Candidate in Theology (2007 - 2008)

M.Div., Harvard Divinity School (2002)

B.A., Southwestern University (1996)

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, Semester Abroad through the Institute for the International Education of Students (1994)

Employment  

Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota (2017–Present)

Assistant Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota (2011 - 2017)

Postdoctoral Research Associate to the Norris- Hulse Professor, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity (2010 - 2011)       

Selected Academic Publications

Books:

Soaring Beyond the Self: Luther’s Theology of Deification (monograph in progress)

The Oxford Handbook of Hans Urs von Balthasar (Oxford: Oxford University Press), co-editor with Anthony Sciglitano; consultant editor, Cyril O’Regan (forthcoming) 

Image as Theology: The Power of Art in Shaping Christian Thought, Devotion, and Imagination (Turnhout: Brepols), co-editor with C. A. Strine and Alexis Torrance (forthcoming)

The Christian Theological Tradition, 4th Edition (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), co-editor with Michael J. Hollerich

Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) Winner of the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, 2015 

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Manifesting Being: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Interpretation of Bonaventure and the Transcendental Status of Beauty,” in Beauty and the Good: Past Interpretations and Their Contemporary Relevance, ed. Alice Ramos (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press), forthcoming

“Beholding the Radiant Invisible: The Incarnate Image in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Jean-Luc Marion,” in Image as Theology: The Power of Art in Shaping Christian Thought, Devotion, and Imagination, ed. C. A. Strine, Mark McInroy, and Alexis Torrance (Turnhout: Brepols), forthcoming

“Spiritual Perception and Beauty,” in Sensing Things Divine: Towards a Constructive Account of Spiritual Perception, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Paul L. Gavrilyuk (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming

“Introduction: Approaching the Christian Theological Tradition,” in The Christian Theological Tradition, ed. Mark McInroy and Michael J. Hollerich (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), 1-29

“The English Reformation,” in The Christian Theological Tradition, ed. Mark McInroy and Michael J. Hollerich (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), 385-393

“Christianity in the Modern Period,” in The Christian Theological Tradition, ed. Mark McInroy and Michael J. Hollerich (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), 437-465

“Christianity in the Contemporary Situation,” in The Christian Theological Tradition, ed. Mark McInroy and Michael J. Hollerich (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), 537-563

“Catholic Theological Receptions,” in The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Benjamin J. King (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 495-516

“Before Deification Became Eastern: Newman’s Ecumenical Retrieval,” International Journal for Systematic Theology 20 (2018): 253-268

“Catholic Theological Receptions of the Grammar of Assent,” in Receptions of Newman, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Benjamin J. King(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 73-94

“Rechtfertigung als Theosis: Zur neueren Diskussion über die Lutherdeutung der Finnischen Schule,” Catholica (Münster) 66 (2012): 1-18

“Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar,” in The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity,ed. Paul Gavrilyuk and Sarah Coakley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 257-274

“Origen of Alexandria,” in The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity,ed. Paul Gavrilyuk and Sarah Coakley(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 20-35

“Karl Barth and Personalist Philosophy: A Critical Appropriation,” Scottish Journal of Theology 64 (2011): 45-63

Selected Grants and Fellowships

Distinguished Early Career Grant, University of St. Thomas (2018-2020)

Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise, Internationally Assessed Award Administered through Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (2015)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2010-2011)

Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University, Fellowship for Study at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (2007-2008)

Fellow, Episcopal Church Foundation (2005-2008)

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DVDT 800 - 01 Theology and Beauty M T W R F - - 0800 - 1200

Days of Week:

M T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 1200

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30436 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

This course examines theological and philosophical discussions of beauty as found throughout the history of Christianity. Topics covered may include: beauty as a divine attribute; beauty as a transcendental property of being; philosophy of art; critiques of beauty in the modern period; and the contemporary theological movement known as "theological aesthetics".

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 100 - 03 Foundations of Christianity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 203

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MHC 203

Course Registration Number:

46809 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

This section 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. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 100 - 04 Foundations of Christianity M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MHC 204

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

MHC 204

Course Registration Number:

46810 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

This section 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. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 101 - 03 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 203

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MHC 203

Course Registration Number:

44184 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

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. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 101 - 04 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MHC 204

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

MHC 204

Course Registration Number:

44090 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

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. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location