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Douglas Finn

theology department

Douglas Finn

Assistant Professor

Stokes Hall North
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3817
Fax: 617-552-0794
Email: douglas.finn@bc.edu

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.T.S., University of Notre Dame
B.A., Wabash College

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Professor Finn's current research involves the historical development of Augustine's theology of the Holy Spirit in relation to his conception of the church as both an institution and a sacramental reality.

TEACHING

Introduction to Early Christian Theology
Perspectives on Western Culture
Postmodern Augustine?
Augustine: Life and Thought

PUBLICATIONS

“Holy Spirit and Church in the Early Augustine,” Augustiniana (forthcoming 2014).

Review of Augustine and the Trinity by Lewis Ayres, inThe Thomist (forthcoming).

Review of The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology: Contextualizing Augustine’s Pneumatology by Chad Tyler Gerber, in Journal of Ancient Christianity (forthcoming).

Review of Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal, by Paul Kolbet, Modern Theology 29.1 (January 2013): 198-201.

“Hegel,” in Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, ed. Karla Pollmann (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Sympathetic Philosophy: The Christian Response to Suffering according to John Chrysostom’s Commentary on Job,” in Evil and Suffering in the Patristic Period, Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology 3, ed. Bruce Beck (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, forthcoming).

CONFERENCE PAPERS

“Spirit and Church in Augustine’s De moribus ecclesiae” Boston College Colloquy in Historical Theology, Dover, MA, August 2012

“A Gracious Word: The Holy Spirit in Augustine’s Incarnational Theology”
North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2010

“Antithetical Art: Opposition and Providential Design in Augustine’s City of God”
Pappas Patristics Institute, Boston, March 2010

“Speaking in Tongues, Speaking in Bodies: The Unity of Apostolic Preaching and Martyrdom following Pentecost in Augustine” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2009

“A Beehive of Temptations: Abraham’s Sacrifice as Exegetical Paradigm for Origen” Pappas Patristics Institute, Boston, March 2009

“The Spectacular Contradiction: Vision and the Anthropological Background to Gregory of Nyssa’s Homilies on the Love of the Poor” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2008

“Sympathetic Philosophy: The Christian Response to Suffering according to John Chrysostom’s Commentary on Job” Pappas Patristics Institute, Boston, October 2006