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Mission Statement

theology department

The work of the Department of Theology at Boston College is based on the conviction that faith must seek understanding and that human understanding reaches its fulfillment in the knowledge and love of God. The Boston College Theology department is grounded in the Roman Catholic theological tradition. This is reflected in the five disciplinary areas (Bible, Ethics, Systematics, History, and Comparative Theology), each of which develops its reflection in relation to traditional theological resources.

Solid and critical grounding in the Christian tradition compels the department to engage contemporary questions in dialogue with other religions, as well as with other disciplines across the university (the natural sciences, social sciences, law, the humanities, etc.). This engagement with all of the possible resources for understanding and truth informs each of the areas of the department and accords with the fundamental Ignatian vision of finding God in all things. It also manifests the conviction of the contemporary Jesuit tradition that Christian faith requires understanding of and commitment to the promotion of justice, engagement with the diverse cultures of the world, and sustained inter-religious dialogue in pursuit of mutual understanding.

The department pursues its academic work with attention to the needs of the local and the global church. Above all, it is committed to the service of theology and the church by providing undergraduate students with a firm understanding of the tradition and by training graduate students of the highest theological caliber.