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Philip Rolnick

Ph.D. Duke University

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Philip Rolnick is Professor of Theology and Chair of the Science and Theology Network (STN). He teaches courses on Science and Theology, C. S. Lewis, Christian Marriage, and Faith in the Management Professions. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the St. Thomas University Scholar Grant. He has published books and articles on analogy (how words refer to God), personhood, the Trinity, and the engagement of science and theology. He holds membership in Princeton's Center of Theological InquiryThe American Academy of ReligionThe Michael Polanyi Society, and The American Catholic Philosophical Association.






“Eberhard Jüngel’s Teachings on Analogy,” forthcoming and translated into German, Mohr-Siebeck, 2018.





Origins: God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, Oct., 2015).


Person, Grace, and God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, August 2007); this work was translated into Croatian; numerous favorable reviews.


Analogical Possibilities: How Words Refer to God, originally published, American Academy of Religion, Academy Series (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993), now with Oxford University Press.

ISBN-13: 978-1555408251
ISBN-10: 1555408257





Reflections on Grace, Edited and introduced by Philip A. Rolnick and Jonathan R. Wilson; the manuscript of Thomas A. Langford, former Provost of Duke University, then recently deceased (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2007).


Explorations in Ethics: Readings from Across the Curriculum, Editor and contributor (Greensboro, NC: Greensboro College Press, 1998).





“Analogy and Persons: Essays in Honor of W. Norris Clarke, S.J,” Questiones Disputatae, Fall 2015. Guest edited along with David B. Burrell, C.S.C and Derek Jeffreys.


Guest Editor, special edition of Tradition and Discovery dedicated to the work of Philip Clayton 29:3 (2003).





“Persons Divine and Human: An Analogical Conception,” Questiones Disputatae, Fall 2015.


“Naturalism and Transcendence: A Debate about Science” in Theology Matters 2:1 (Fall 2015). This theology department magazine features Origins and the substance of a public address given on Nov. 12, 2015 (also available online).


Review of Michael J. Dodds, O.P., Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas, Journal of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ) 89:2 (Spring 2015).


“The Human Person in Light of Trinitarian Analogies.” Russian title: Филип Ролник. Человеческая личность в свете тринитарных аналогий. This essay has been translated and published as a chapter in a Russian book. Богословие личности. Под редакцией Алексея Бодрова и Михаила Толстолуженко. М.: Издательство ББИ, 2013. Theology of Person. Edited by Alexei Bodrov & Mikhail Tolstoluzhenko. Moscow, St. Andrew's Biblical Theological Institute, 2013.


Review of Joshua Hochschild, The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan’s De Nominum Analogia. Notre Dame, IN: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), in Modern Theology (Feb. 2012).


“Persons at Home in the Universe—Openness, Purpose, and Transcendence,” in In Search of the Self: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Personhood, ed. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen and Erik P. Wiebe (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011).


“Analogy” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, Edited by Ian A. McFarland, David A. S. Fergusson, Karen Kilby, Iain R. Torrance. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).


“The Concept of Person: Philip A. Rolnick’s Person, Grace, and God,” in Tradition and Discovery XXXVI, no. 3 (2010): 31-51. The journal has scholarly articles on Rolnick’s Person, Grace, and God and his responses.


“Keeping Faith: Evolution and Theology,” in Logos 13:2 (Spring 2010): 132-152. Co-authored with Biologist Jayna Ditty.


“Michael Polanyi,” co-authored with P. Mullins in The Science and Religion Primer, ed. Heidi Campbell and H. Looy(Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009).


“Trinity and Perichoresis” in The Science and Religion Primer, ed. Heidi Campbell and H. Looy(Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009).


“Wittgenstein and Polanyi on the Concept of the Person,” Appraisal Fall, 2008.


“Trinity,” in Erwin Fahlbusch, Jan Milic Lochman, John Mbiti, Jaroslav Pelikan, and Lukas Vischer, eds., The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Vol. 5 (Grand Rapidsand Cambridge, UK: Wm. B. Eerdmans and Leiden and Boston, Brill, Dec., 2007).


“Brain, Mind, Soul, and Spirit—Unified in Personality,” in Global Spiral, an e-publication of Metanexus. This article is an excerpt taken from Person, Grace, and God.


Review of Terence Nichols, Sacred Cosmos in Zygon 41:2 (June 2006): 490-492.


“Darwin’s Problems, Neo-Darwinian Solutions, and Jesus’ Love Commands,” in Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective, ed. Philip Clayton and Jeffrey Schloss (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004), 302-317.


Review of Terence Nichols, Sacred Cosmos: Christian Faith and the Challenge of Naturalism in The Catholic Spirit, September, 2004.


Online review of Russell Stannard, www.Here-I-Am on Metanexus (2003).


“Realist Reference to God: Analogy or Univocity?” in Realism and Antirealism, ed. William P. Alston (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002), 211-237.


“Persons, Purpose, and Grace,” in Grace upon Grace: Essays in Honor of Thomas A. Langford, Jr., ed. R. Johnston and J. Wilson (Nashville: Abingdon Press(1999).


“The Innovating Covenant: Exploring the Work of Charles McCoy,” Tradition and Discovery 24:3 (1998): 15-28.


“Personal Participation and Universal Intent: The Purpose of Creation” in From Polanyi to the 21st Century, Proceedings of the Centennial Conference, Kent State University (1997): 564-583.


“Response to Reviews of Analogical Possibilities: How Words Refer to God,” Tradition and Discovery 22:1 (1995): 36-37.


“Polanyi's Progress: Transcendence, Universality, and Teleology,” Tradition and Discovery 19:2 (1993): 13-31.


“Fatherhood and the Names of God,” Names 40:4 December 1992: 271-282.


“The Harnack-Barth Debate and the Point of Nineteenth Century Theology,” Papers of the Nineteenth Century Working Group, 18 (1992): 95-115, The American Academy of Religion (Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado College).

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

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THEO 422 - L01 Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115 JRC 414

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1730 - 2115


JRC 414

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43290 (View in ClassFinder)

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4 Credit Hours


Jeanne G. Buckeye, Philip A. Rolnick

What is a good manager and how does he or she contribute to the common good? This course pursues these questions within the Christian social tradition broadly understood through an exploration of the theological relationship between work as a vocation and leisure as contemplation. Within this theological context, the course examines the financial, organizational, technological, and cultural forces that managers and organizations encounter daily. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 434 - L01 Science & Christian Theo - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 327

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1330 - 1510


SCB 327

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42170 (View in ClassFinder)

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4 Credit Hours


Philip A. Rolnick

This course is an introduction to the interrelationship between Christian theology (the understanding of the Christian faith), and the natural sciences. It explores the relationship between scientific and theological methods and modes of knowledge, and considers some of the central topics of Christian theology - God, creation, providence, resurrections, and afterlife - in the light of modern scientific evidence and theories. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115 and one Science course

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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