Vol. 1, No. 2


The theology department is pleased to announce
the release of the second issue of "theology matters."
In this issue:


The View from the Chair
by Bernard Brady

In his second column for "theology matters," Bernard Brady comments on Pope Francis' promotion of a "culture of encounter," and reflects on how the Theology Department is contributing to the fostering of such a culture at the University of St. Thomas.



Announcing the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship
by Massimo Faggioli

Thanks to the support of President Julie Sullivan, Harry McNeely, Dean Terry Langan of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of Theology Bernard Brady, the Theology Department offers this new initiative as a contribution for the next chapter in the development of the Catholic mission as a key part of the University's strategic plan.




50 Years of Gaudium et Spes
by Massimo Faggioli

The Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas has organized an academic conference marking the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of Gaudium et Spes. The conference will be held on campus March 12-14, 2015. Following the approach of its 2012 conference on “Teaching and Understanding the Council Fifty Years Later,” the University’s 2015 conference will focus on topics featured in Gaudium et Spes, with plenary addresses and breakout sessions.



New Frontiers Series
A Biblical Scholar Looks at the Qur'an
by David Penchansky

David Penchansky applies his skills in reading ancient texts to the Qur'an, the subject of the upcoming New Frontiers lecture scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium.



Brain, Stomach, and Soul
"Framing" Theology Psychologically
by Cara Anthony and Elise Amel

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 Cara Anthony and Elise Amel's team-taught bridge course fulfilling the third requirement in theology at the University of St. Thomas.



The God that Gog Creates
Drop the Stories and Feel the Feelings
by Corrine Carvalho

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 project a particular theological viewpoint. Corrine Carvalho was invited to participate in this project, and chose to look at how Ezekiel constructs an image of God in chapter 38-39.



Sorting Out Catholicism
by Massimo Faggioli

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 of the New Ecclesial Movements.




What If . . .
I Had Never Studied Theology?
interview by Kimberly Vrudny with Sarah Van Stralen

During fall semester 2014, Sarah Van Stralen enrolled in Kimberly Vrudny's section of Theo. 200: Christian Belief: Ancient and Contemporary. The course is an introduction to Christian doctrine. One day when class was dismissed, Sarah Van Stralen stopped by Dr. Vrudny's desk, exclaiming: “What if I had never studied theology?” Click on the story to learn more about what was behind Sarah's question.



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