Philip Rolnick portrait

Philip Rolnick

Professor
Degree
Ph.D. Duke University

Office
JRC 139
Phone
(651) 962-5319
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5319
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 153, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105


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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

WORK FORTHCOMING

 

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

 

 

BOOKS WRITTEN

 

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

 

 

BOOKS EDITED

 

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).

 

 

JOURNALS EDITED

           

“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).

 

 

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS, ARTICLES, and REVIEWS

          

“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).

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - P2 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 246
CRN: 42761 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick 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 434 - 01 Science & Christian Theo - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 201
CRN: 43025 4 Credit Hours Instructor: 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 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - 01 HONORS Evolution and Theology - T - R - - - 0900 - 1200 OEC 313
CRN: 10224 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Jayna L. Ditty, Philip A. Rolnick These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 462 - W01 Theo and Lit - C.S. Lewis - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700
CRN: 21349 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick This is a Bridge Course whose readings will focus primarily on C.S. Lewis's literary works, especially, but not exclusively, on his fiction. The course will also include some critical works, both Lewis's as well as others' work about Lewis. In addition, numerous biblical passages will be examined, including the parables of Jesus, which, as a parallel to Lewis's work, can demonstrate the theological possibility of narrative. Class lectures and readings in and about Lewis will explore Christian theology and its interdisciplinary relations to literature, especially myth. Through the lens of Lewis's literature, historical, philosophical, moral, educational, and global issues will be considered. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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Location Time Day(s)
THEO 462 - W41 HONOR Theo & Lit - C.S. Lewis - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135
CRN: 21684 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick This is a Bridge Course whose readings will focus primarily on C.S. Lewis's literary works, especially, but not exclusively, on his fiction. The course will also include some critical works, both Lewis's as well as others' work about Lewis. In addition, numerous biblical passages will be examined, including the parables of Jesus, which, as a parallel to Lewis's work, can demonstrate the theological possibility of narrative. Class lectures and readings in and about Lewis will explore Christian theology and its interdisciplinary relations to literature, especially myth. Through the lens of Lewis's literature, historical, philosophical, moral, educational, and global issues will be considered. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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