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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)

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 200 - 01 Christian Belief: Ancient/Cont - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MHC 207

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

MHC 207

Course Registration Number:

10104 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

This course introduces systematic theology, a discipline that tries to understand how Christian doctrines are interrelated with each other and with other beliefs about the world. It explores both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the most significant doctrines in Catholic and Protestant traditions, emphasizing the relationship of scripture, tradition, experience, and reason as sources for Christian theology. The course is structured on the classical "system" of the Nicene Creed, and will focus on the ongoing formation of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Spirit, creation, sin, salvation, and Church. Special emphasis will be given to the role of grace in history and human experience. Prerequisite: THEO 101

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 200 - 02 Christian Belief: Ancient/Cont - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 401

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1600

Location:

JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

10135 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

This course introduces systematic theology, a discipline that tries to understand how Christian doctrines are interrelated with each other and with other beliefs about the world. It explores both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the most significant doctrines in Catholic and Protestant traditions, emphasizing the relationship of scripture, tradition, experience, and reason as sources for Christian theology. The course is structured on the classical "system" of the Nicene Creed, and will focus on the ongoing formation of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Spirit, creation, sin, salvation, and Church. Special emphasis will be given to the role of grace in history and human experience. Prerequisite: THEO 101

Schedule Details

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Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 373 - M01 Person & Mission of Jesus M - - - - - - 1800 - 2145 JRC 222

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2145

Location:

JRC 222

Course Registration Number:

21383 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark J. McInroy

This course explores New Testament understandings of some of the titles of Jesus, such as Christ, Lord, and Savior, and investigates the development of Christological doctrine in the early centuries of Christianity. Consideration will also be given to some modern Christological questions. Prerequisite: THEO 101

Schedule Details

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