vol. 3, no. 1


The theology department is pleased to release the
fall 2016 edition (vol. 3, no. 1) of THEOLOGY MATTERS.


On the Common Good

by Bernard Brady

In his column for "theology matters," department chair Bernard Brady reflects on the elements that create conditions for the common good, as well as the nature of the common good as a moral principle.




Perceiving Splendor: The Role of Spiritual Perception in the Theological Aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar
by Mark McInroy

Mark McInroy's work was the focus of the "New Frontiers in Theological Research" lecture on Thursday, September 22nd. Dr. McInroy's lecture was based on his book, Perceiving Splendour: Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses, for which he was awarded the prestigious Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise.





Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship
Annual Lecture

Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R.

Welcoming the Stranger While Challenging the Fear:
The Response of the Catholic Church to the Polemic Around Refugee Resettlement in the United States

Monday, October 24, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Woulfe Alumni Hall

This presentation by Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., will examine the imperative to assist refugees according to the moral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.

This lecture is cosponsored by the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office for Mission, the Theology Department, the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, the Center for Catholic Studies, the History Department, the Sociology Department, the Justice and Peace Studies Department, and the GALE Office of Community Engagement.




A Culture of Ethics: Engineering for Human Dignity and the Common Good
October 6-8
Anderson Student Center

Are you interested in the implications of Christian faith for engineering? Join us at the University of St. Thomas on October 6-8 for a national conference on faith, ethics, and engineering. Speakers include Gregg Stedronsky, a Vice-President of General Mills; Michael J. Quinn, Dean of Engineering at Seattle University; and Brad Kallenberg, Professor of Theology at the University of Dayton.





Massimo Faggioli
The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II
(Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2016)
John Martens
The Word on the Street, Year A: Sunday Lectionary Reflections
(Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2016)
Steven McMichael
The Glory of Paradise: Risen Life in the Easter Octave Sermons
of Bernardino da Siena

(Phoenix: Tau Press: 2016)
Philip Rolnick
Origins: God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos
(Waco: Baylor University Press, 2015)
Kimberly Vrudny
Beauty’s Vineyard: A Theological Aesthetic of Anguish and Anticipation
(Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2016)




announces its fall line-up:

September 28
Fred Nairn:
Who Would Jesus Vote for on November 8?

October 5
Marguerite Spencer:
Forming our Consciences for the Election

October 19
David Penchansky:
Violence in the Bible and Qur’an

October 25
Gerald Schlabach:
Is the Church Changing its Mind about War?

November 15
Michael Hollerich :
Yes, There Are Still Christians in the Middle East

November 30
Ted Ulrich:
"Some Christian Approaches to Today’s Religious Diversity"





Biblical scholar David Penchansky offers another film review—this time of a surprising theological classic:
Pulp Fiction.
‌ (Image credit: Everett)

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