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Theology Department

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The Theology Department provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for reasoned reflection on their own values, faith, and tradition, as well as on the religious forces that shape our society and world. The department’s five primary areas of research include biblical studies, historical theology/history of christianity, comparative theology, systematic theology, and theological ethics.


Etty: A Play

April 27, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
The Bonn Studio @ Robsham Theatre

The Theology Department and the Center for Jewish-Christian Learning are co-sponsoring a performance of "Etty," a one-woman play based upon the remarkable diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum. "Etty" is a 50-minute play and after the performance there will be a 30-minute discussion with the performer, Susan Stein. Free tickets will be available at the door. Flyer

Theology of Pope Francis: Real Reform or Window Dressing

April 20, 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Boston College Theology Professor Kristin Heyer is among the panelists at Boston College School of Theology (STM) and Ministry's Fifth Annual Dean's Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture, along with James Bretzke, S.J. (STM), Susannah HeschelThomas Reese, S.J., and Michael Sean Winters. Dean Mark Massa, S.J., will moderate. Event details


New Books from Kaveny

Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Theology and Law, Cathleen Kaveny, publishes two books: A Culture of Engagement: Law, Religion, and Morality and Prophecy Without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public SquareBC News

Reevaluating Just War Theory

Professor Lisa Sowle Cahill (Theological Ethics) will attend a Vatican conference reevaluating just war theory and justifications for violence. National Catholic Reporter

On Amoris Laetitia

Professor Cathleen Kaveny provides comment on Pope Francis's latest apostolic exhortation. New York Times


An interview of James F. Keenan, S.J., Canisius Professor, Theology Department, and Director of the Jesuit Institute, on University Ethics. More resources available at Faculty Publication Highlights

Student Profiles

Libbie Steiner

Libbie Steiner, undergraduate student majoring in theology

Robert Elliot

Robert Elliot, student in the joint M.A. program in philosophy and theology

Jessica Coblentz

Jessica Coblentz - doctoral candidate in the systematic theology program

In Print

Jewish Liturgy

Jewish Liturgy: A Research Guide
by Ruth Langer, 2015

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