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Steven McMichael

Associate Professor and Director of Encountering Islam Program
Degree
S.T.D. Gregorian University (Rome)
Office
JRC 125
Phone
(651) 962-5349
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5349
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 109, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105

 

Courses Taught at UST

THEO 101  Christian Theological Tradition
THEO 331  Christianity and World Religions

THEO 230 Medieval Theology
THEO 337  Evil and the Suffering of God (Holocaust)
THEO 388  Pilgrimage in Italy (J-Term Course)
 

Selected Publications

General Editor, "The Medieval Franciscans" Series (E. J. Brill)  (seven volumes to date on the themes the Friars and Jews, Dante and the Franciscan Tradition, Franciscan Art, and Franciscan Prayer)

“Francis and the Encounter with the Sultan,” in The Cambridge Companion to Francis of Assisi (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 2012), 127-142.

“How the Spirit of Clare and Francis Continues to Influence Peace in Our World” Ecumenical Trends, Vol. 41, No. 1 (January 2012), 6-9.

“Roman Catholics and Bystanders during the Holocaust,” in Prism: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Education (Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 2010)

“The Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus in Medieval Christian Anti-Muslim Religious Polemics” in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, Vol. 21, 2 (April 2010), 157-173.

  “Sharing the Wealth of Poverty: Franciscan Friars at the End of the Middle Ages” in Poverty and Prosperity: Franciscans and the Use of Money, (Washington Theological Union Symposium Papers, Vol. 9, 2009), ed. Daria Mitchell (Saint Bonaventure: The Franciscan Institute, 2009), 39-64.

“The Death and Resurrection Of Jesus In Medieval Christian And Jewish Polemical Literature” For Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations (Volume IV – 2009) (The Electronic Journal of the Council of Center of Center of Christian-Jewish Relations, Boston College)

Was Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah? Alphonso de Espina's Argument Against the Jews in the "Fortalitium Fidei"  (c.1464)   (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994)

"The End of the World, Anti-Christ, and the Final Conversion of the Jews in the Fortalitium Fidei of Friar Alonso de Espina (d. 1464)" in Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue, Vol. 12, No. 2 (2006), 224-273.

"Friar Alonso de Espina, Prayer, and Medieval Jewish, Muslim and Christian Polemical Literature" in Medieval Franciscan Prayer, Ed. Timothy Johnson (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2006), 271-303.

Selected Presentations

"Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations" at various parishes and schools in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Area (2001-2012)

"Where Are We Now?  Jewish-Christian Relations during the Pontificate of John Paul II," at Temple Beth Torah (Wellington, Florida), June 16, 2000.

"Knowledge of the Other: Christian Understanding of Jews and Muslims in the Fifteenth Century," Convivium Conference ("Children of Abraham: Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era"), Siena College (Loudonville, NY) October 8, 2005

 Current Research Interests

The Resurrection of Jesus in medieval theology, spirituality and art

Easter Sermons in the fifteenth century, especially those of Roberto de Lecce, OFM and Bernardino da Siena OFM

The Theme of the “Image and Likeness of God” in Medieval Theology

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
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THEO 100 - 09 Foundations: Abrahamic Trads See Details * *

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46831 (View in ClassFinder)

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Steven J. McMichael

This section will compare how Jews, Christians, and Muslims think about major themes, such as God, Jesus, creation, revelation, and the human being. It will treat how the Abrahamic traditions are sources for determining the common good especially as it relates to respect for our world, the human community, and the dignity of each human being. 

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THEO 100 - 09A Foundations: Abrahamic Trads See Details * *

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47939 (View in ClassFinder)

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4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven J. McMichael

This course introduces students to foundational concepts and skills associated with Christian theology. The course reflects critically upon the concepts of God and Christ, Scripture, Faith and Reason, the Human Being, and the Common Good, especially in the context of Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching. Students will gain a basic level of theological literacy through introduction to central texts within Christian tradition, particularly the Bible. Students will also be introduced to connecting fundamental theological questions to the common good in the context of the pressing challenges of today’s world.

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THEO 222 - L01 History: Medieval Theology - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 205

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MHC 205

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46884 (View in ClassFinder)

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Steven J. McMichael

Theology courses numbered 221-229 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students on the “old core.” This section involves the study of the development of Christian theology from the fall of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance. Special attention will be given to the main themes of the classical Christian views of faith/reason, grace/nature, God/creation in the theologies of such theologians as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure. Other themes that may be treated: the role of monasticism and mendicant life; medieval saints such as St. Francis of Assisi and Catherine of Siena, women's spirituality, mysticism, liturgical developments, religious art and architecture, and the interaction of Christians with Jews and Muslims.

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THEO 230 - L01 Medieval Theology - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 205

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1330 - 1510

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MHC 205

Course Registration Number:

45325 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven J. McMichael

A study of the development of Christian Theology from the fall of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance. Special attention will be given to the main themes of the classical Christian views of faith/reason, grace/nature, God/creation in the theologies of such theologians as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure. Other themes that may be treated: the role of monasticism and mendicant life; medieval saints such as St. Francis of Assisi and Catherine of Siena, women's spirituality, mysticism, liturgical developments, religious art and architecture, and the interaction of Christians with Jews and Muslims. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
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