Gavrilyuk Organizes the Largest Gathering of Orthodox Christian Scholars in Modern History

from Theology Matters, Spring 2019

The reunion between Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches has been a high priority on the agenda of the last three popes, beginning with John Paul II. Such a reunion can become a reality, if the fifteen ...

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Theological Encounters Initiative - Encountering Islam

from Theology Matters, Spring 2019

The Theology Department is establishing a Theological Encounters Initiative to encourage theological dialogue between Christians and practitioners of other faiths. This undertaking is one means of fostering greater understanding, appreciation, ...

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David Penchansky Earns Title of Professor Emeritus

from Theology Matters, Fall 2018

Dr. David Penchansky has been a member of the Theology Department since 1989. (He has also taught courses in the School of Divinity).Dr. Penchansky served the Department and the University in many ways during his career. His work ...

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Ted Ulrich Returns from India

from Theology Matters, Fall 2018

Ted Ulrich spent the 2017-2018 academic year, July through April, in India. He had a senior Fulbright Fellowship to give lectures on the history of Hindu-Christian dialogue and to research the issue of violence and nonviolence in ...

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Theology Department Publishes Fourth Edition of Textbook

by Mark McInroy
from Theology Matters, Spring 2018

The theology department of the University of St. Thomas is pleased to be publishing a fourth edition of its textbook, The Christian Theological Tradition. The textbook has enjoyed considerable success since its initial publication in 2000...

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The Political Relevance of Enemy-Love

by Gerald W. Schlabach
from Theology Matters, Spring 2018

A simple inconspicuous word in Pope Francis’s 2017 World Day of Peace message may be signaling momentous development. The word is “manual.” The Sermon on the Mount, he said, is to be Church’s  ...

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Catholic Health Care and the Veritas Institute

by Paul Wojda
from Theology Matters, Spring 2018

It used to be said that Catholic Social Teaching was the Church’s “best kept secret.” That may still be the case—such things are hard to establish—but I would propose that Catholic Health Care has supplanted Catholic Social Teaching as the more deserving ...

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Justice, Dignity, and Solidarity

by Bernard Brady
from Theology Matters, Spring 2018

During my first months of high school, John Lennon’s catchy song, Imagine, topped the music charts. In the song, Lennon called on people to imagine a world without division or, more precisely, to imagine a world without the identity markers we use to ...

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Anne King Retires After 32 Years

Interview with Anne King by Philip Rolnick
from Theology Matters, Fall 2017

Phil Rolnick (PR) sat down for an interview with Anne King (AK), who retired after teaching at the University of St. Thomas for 32 years. PR: Professor King, What first led you to study theology? AK: Well, It’s kind of a long story ...

 

 

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The Glory of Paradise

by Steven J. McMichael
from Theology Matters, Spring 2017

For the past five years or so, I have been engaged in the scholarly pursuit of anything that pertains to the Resurrection of Christ, including the Harrowing of Hell, the resurrection of human beings at the end of time, the Tree of Life, ...

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Why theology matters

by Amy Levad and Mark McInroy
from Theology Matters, Spring 2017

The discipline of theology makes essential contributions to undergraduate education in four interrelated areas: educating the whole person, cultivating the citizen (with special importance on increasing religious literacy), ...

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Perceiving Splendor

by Mark McInroy
from Theology Matters, Fall 2016

Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988) is frequently viewed as the most significant Roman Catholic theologian of the twentieth century. Among his most influential works is his seven-volume theological aesthetics, in which ...

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On the Common Good

by Bernard Brady
from Theology Matters, Fall 2016

The St. Thomas Mission Statement says the purpose of our institution is “to advance the common good.” Our new brand tagline is “All for the Common Good.” The Common Good is traditional element of Catholic theology meant to express a basic moral idea...

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McInroy Wins Prestigious Theological Award

Paul Gavrilyuk interviews Mark McInroy
from Theology Matters, Spring 2016

You recently received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise for your book, Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour(Oxford University Press, 2014). What is the Lautenschlaeger Award? It is an enormous honor to have ...

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Pope Francis’s Visit to the U.S.:

by Angela Senander
from Theology Matters, Spring 2016

At the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle and the U.S. Capitol, I witnessed Pope Francis address those in positions of power in the church and the state. In effect, he invited those at the center of power to make a preferential option for ...

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Gerald Kelly, S.J., and the Future of Catholic Bioethics

by P. J. Wojda
from Theology Matters, Spring 2016

Gerald A. Kelly, S.J. (1902-1964) has been called the “father of American Catholic medical ethics.”[1] “Rodney Dangerfield” might be a more fitting appellation, for despite his many important contributions to the field, Kelly is largely unappreciated today...

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Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour

by Mark McInroy
from Theology Matters, Fall 2015

Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour argues that the doctrine of the spiritual senses plays a crucial yet previously unappreciated role in the theological aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-88). At the heart of Balthasar’s aesthetics stands ...

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Naturalism and Transcendence: A Debate about Science

by Philip Rolnick
from Theology Matters, Fall 2015

Science has taught us things about the universe that Moses and the Apostle Paul did not know. For example, advances in molecular biology have uncovered worlds within worlds tucked into the tiniest imaginable spaces

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A New Doctor of the Church: St. Gregory of Narek

by Mark DelCogliano
from Theology Matters, Fall 2015

On April 12, 2015, Pope Francis officially proclaimed St. Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Church, bringing the number of saints honored with this title to thirty-six. Those recognized as Doctors of the Church must meet three criteria:...

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Laudato Si': Sharing Catholic Social Teaching

by Angela Senander
from Theology Matters, Fall 2015

Angela Senander surveys how the Department will teach Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si', and reflects on her own experience with the encyclical in a course she taught over the summer.

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Sorting Out Catholicism

by Massimo Faggioli
from Theology Matters, Spring 2015

This essay offers a review of an interdisciplinary colloquium that took place on Monday, February 16, with Meg Wilkes-Karraker (sociology) responding. The subject of the colloquium was Massimo Faggioli's new book, Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History ...

 

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The God that Gog Creates

by Corrine Carvalho
from Theology Matters, Spring 2015

In 2011-2012, Ezekiel scholars gathered at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings to discuss a literary and theological topic: how do various passages in Ezekiel create a concept of God? Various scholars took up specific passages in the book to examine how they...

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Framing Theology Psychologically

by Cara Anthony and Elise Amel
from Theology Matters, Spring 2015

What does daily diet have to do with faith? Is the way I eat a meal sustainable and meaningful? Are my food choices consistent with my values? These are the kinds of questions students grapple with through our team-taught bridge course fulfilling the third...

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A Biblical Scholar Looks at the Qur'an

by David Penchansky
from Theology Matters, Spring 2015

The Qur’an challenges its readers: "If you are in doubt about what We [God] have sent down to Our servant [Muhammad], then bring a sura like it, and call your witnesses, other than God, if you are truthful" (2:23)....

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Announcing the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship

by Massimo Faggioli
from Theology Matters, Spring 2015

The Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas announces the new “Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship” (www.stthomas.edu/icc). The new institute has a director, Dr. Massimo Faggioli, of the Theology Department, and an advisory board with...

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Amy Levad Presents New Frontiers Lecture

by Amy Levad
from Theology Matters, Fall 2014

Caring about people in prison is difficult. We can easily picture incarcerated people as dangerous and dirty, as despicable, as animals in cages. “People behind bars are there for good reason—to protect us law-abiding, tax-paying, upstanding citizens from them.” 

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Department Memorializes Terence Nichols

by Michael Hollerich
from Theology Matters, Fall 2014

I have been asked to write something on Terry Nichols’ life for the new departmental newsletter. I agreed to do it, under the following conditions: it would be selective and make no claim to finality (in the event, I have relied on information in Terry’s c.v.; on conversations...

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