theology matters, vol. 4, no. 2


The theology department is pleased to release the
spring 2018 edition (vol. 4, no. 2) of THEOLOGY MATTERS.



Justice, Dignity, and Solidarity

by Bernard Brady

In this issue of theology matters, department chair Bernard Brady discusses the role of Catholic Social Teaching and a methodology for advancing the common good.




What is hope? How does it work?
Theological Insights into Human Resilience
Barbara Sain

 Dr. Barbara Sain, associate professor of systematic theology,
will give the New Frontiers in Theological Research lecture.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:30 p.m.
McNeely Hall 100

Is hope an emotion, a virtue, or choice? Is it natural or supernatural? Is it best understood by theologians, social scientists or counselors? In this lecture, Barbara Sain will describe how hope has been defined differently by various historical and contemporary schools of thought and how these contrasting ideas of hope reveal different visions of what it means to be human. The lecture will offer ways of integrating disparate ideas of hope and strategies for overcoming hopelessness into a synthetic vision.



Catholic Healthcare and the Veritas Institute
by Paul Wojda

Few people, including most Catholics, realize how old and how big Catholic Health Care is in the United States. One in every six patients in the United States is cared for each day within a Catholic hospital or other health care facility. Catholic hospitals and Catholic higher education, the two oldest and largest institutional expressions of Catholic public life in the United States, have rarely intersected in any formal manner. The University of St. Thomas has been at the forefront of a movement to connect the two through a variety of programs and institutes connected to its College of Business.


A "Manual" for Escaping Our Vicious Cycles:
The Political Relevance of Enemy-Love

by Gerald Schlabach

Through the centuries, many Christians have rationalized away Jesus’ ethical teachings about nonviolence or love of enemies in the Sermon on the Mount as impractical and idealistic, and often theologians have helped them do so. What then are we to make of Pope Francis’s claim in his 2017 World Day of Peace message not only that nonviolence should be our “style of politics,” but that the Sermon on the Mount should serve as the Church’s “manual” for peacemaking at every level, including domestic policy formation and international diplomacy? 



Theology Department Publishes Fourth Edition of Textbook
by Mark McInroy

 The theology department will soon publish a fourth edition of The Christian Theological Tradition, the textbook written by department members and used for the past 18 years in the UST course of the same name. The forthcoming edition contains a wealth of completely new material that will offer an engaging, updated treatment of the Christian tradition throughout history and around the world today. 




Several of our faculty traveled overseas with students over January-term 2018.
In this issue, read of their experiences in Italy and Poland.

Amy Levad and Mark DelCogliano

Paul Wojda and Kenneth Kemp





Every semester, the Department hosts a colloquium to discuss a recent publication by a UST theologian or philosopher.
This fall, we'll meet to discuss a book by theology professor Philip Rolnick

February 19, 2018

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room)

Philip Rolnick
ORIGINS: God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos
with guest reviewers Lisanne Winslow (biology, University of Northwestern) and Jeff Jalkio (physics)



The Department announces its spring line-up:

21 February 2018
Steven McMichael
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

7 March 2018
David Penchansky
"Great Narratives of the Qur'an: An Old Testament Scholar Reads Islam's Sacred Book"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

21 March 2018
Sherry Jordon
"Feminist Theology: What is it, and why does it matter in the #MeToo era?"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

18 April 2018
Mark DelCogliano
"How did Rome become the center of the Christian world?: The story of Christianity in Rome"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

2 May 2018
Jennifer Awes-Freeman
"The Sexuality of Jesus in Medieval Art"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.


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