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 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.
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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Recent Department News
- Study Abroad in Germany, June 7–18, 2019
- March 28–29, 2019 Conference: “The Sacrifice of Teaching: Considering the Crisis of Catholic Higher Education After René Girard”
- Spring 2019 T/RS Electives
- Becoming A Theology/Religious Studies Minor
- See recent pictures from department courses and events @uofstheology
- Other (less recent) 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
- Other (less recent) publications