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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.

Ranked #5 by the QS World University Rankings for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.

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ISIS Tactics

Prof. Natana DeLong-Bas provides her expertise in an interview with the Boston Herald regarding the recent U.S. bombing in Afghanistan.

BC Professors Meet with Pope Francis

Prof. James Keenan, S.J., professor of theological ethics and director of the Jesuit Institute, led a group working on concerns related to theological ethics to Rome for a private audience with Pope Francis. This group also included BC professor of theological ethics Kristin Heyer and associate director of the Jesuit Institute Toni Ross, among other colleagues from various institutes and universities. Read more about the trip at BC News, Crux, and NCR Online.

African Christian Theology Conference

Professor M. Shawn Copeland attended the University of Notre Dame conference, “African Christian Theology: Memories and Mission for the 21st Century” in Rome. Prof. Copeland spoke with Crux about a number of issues, including the role of women in African Theology. Read more at Crux and see an interview with Prof. Copeland posted by John Allen on Facebook.


Roberto S. Goizueta Symposium

April 28-29

Please join us in celebrating the work of Roberto S. Goizueta, Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology. The title of this two-day symposium is “Beauty and Knowledge, Love and Justice.” Prof. Goizueta has taught at Boston College for over twenty years and is an expert in U.S. Latino/a theologies, theology and culture, theological aesthetics, and Christology. As the event flyer states “Not only has Roberto Goizueta extended nascent lines of theological inquiry, he has shaped an entire field of academic study and influenced our understanding of what it means to be Church.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Theology Department, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean (Robert Morrissey College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences), the Church in the 21st Century Center, and the School of Theology and Ministry. For a full event schedule, please see the flyer.


Stephen Pope

Leadership and Service

Stephen J. Pope, professor of theological ethics, with Mike Sacco, Kerry Cronin, and Mary Troxell, participate in the panel, “Leadership through Conscience, Service, and Relationships” (video from Church in the 21st Century Center).

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

Fragility of Consciousness

The Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good
by Frederick Lawrence, edited by Randall Rosenberg and Kevin Vander Schel

Global Common Good

Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach
edited by Kristin Heyer with Kevin Ahern, Meghan J. Clark, Laurie Johnston

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