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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.

Theology/Religious Studies at a Catholic and Jesuit University.

We believe and teach according to the spirit of Ignatian values that, in the words of Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. (“Themes of Jesuit Higher Education”):

  • is world affirming,
  • is comprehensive,
  • faces up to sin, personal and social, but points to God’s love as more powerful than human weakness and evil,
  • places emphasis on freedom,
  • stresses the essential need for discernment,
  • is altruistic,
  • gives ample scope to intellect and affectivity in forming leaders.

 

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We join Servant of God Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (“Men and Women for Others”) when he observes:

“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.”

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