Theology and Religious Studies
What we do
Our mission is to teach and inquire into the intellectual, spiritual and moral riches of the Christian tradition.
We mean to acquaint students with Christianity's long and disciplined reflection on the deeply human questions about the quest for God, wisdom and human fulfillment. While accenting the Catholic tradition, our inquiry into these questions includes other Christians and religious traditions, including Judaism and Islam.
Faith, Wisdom & Justice
Our service, teaching, and scholarship embody "faith seeking understanding".
"The Jesuit purpose in higher education is to move the minds and hearts of developing humans....The outcome, it is hoped, is wisdom...And wisdom, in the Jesuit understanding, is a gift from God that enables the recipient to understand what is really important in events past or present...Although no one can predict the future, the wise man or woman, having experience in sorting out the truly significant in past and present events, is well positioned to make wise choices en route to an unknown future". William J. Byron, SJ
"Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ - for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce." Pedro Arrupe, SJ
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Recent Department News
- Will Cohen among scholars invited by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to meet at the Patriarchate in Turkey
- Fall theology sponsored panel: Joy, What is it? Click here for more information.
- Patrick Clark discusses papal visit on local news
- Maria Johnson interviewed by Scranton's Times-Tribune
- Matthew Briel presents, "Gennadios Scholarios’ Thomistic Defense of Aristotle," at "Never the Twain Shall Meet: Latins and Greeks Learning from Each Other in Byzantium," in Stockholm, Sweden
- Michael G. Azar presents, "The Imprecision of 'Supersessionism': A Case Study in Origen," at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, UK
- Will Cohen and Michael G. Azar participate in conference on planned Global Council of the Orthodox Church (keynote speaker, Met. Kallistos Ware; announcement here)
- Cyrus Olsen makes a guest appearance on the EDECMO Podcast
Recent faculty Publications
- Charles Pinches, Response to Jennifer Herdt's "Truthfulness and Continual Discomfort"
- Charles Pinches, Stories of Call: From Dramatic Phenomena to Changed Lives
- Patrick Clark, Perfection in Death: The Christological Dimension of Courage in Aquinas
- Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, "Judah Bookends: The Priority of Israel and Literary Revision in the David Narrative"
- Marc Shapiro, Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History (reviewed here)
- Michael G. Azar, "Prophetic Matrix and Theological Paradox: Jews and Judaism in the Holy Week and Pascha Observances of the Greek Orthodox Church"
- The Hermeneutics of Tradition: Explorations and Examinations (coedited by Cyrus Olsen, with an essay from Will Cohen)
- Nathan Lefler, Theologizing Friendship: How Amicitia in the Thought of Aelred and Aquinas Inscribes the Scholastic Turn (used with permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers)