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
Recent faculty Publications
- Joel Kemp, "Renounced and Abandoned: The Legal Meaning of 'azab in Ezekiel 8:12 and 9:9"
- Nathan S. Lefler, "Tolkien’s Sub-Creation and Secondary Worlds: Implications for a Robust Moral Psychology"
- Michael G. Azar, "Origen, Scripture, and the Imprecision of 'Supersessionism'"
- Will T. Cohen, The Concept of "Sister Churches" in Catholic-Orthodox Relations since Vatican II
- Cyrus Olsen, "Interdependent & Vulnerable: Sustainability and Augustinian Theological Anthropology"
- Michael G. Azar, Exegeting the Jews: The Early Reception of the Johannine "Jews"
- 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
- 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"
- 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)
- Other (less recent) publications