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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.


Cardinal O'Malley Vatican Appointment

Professor Richard Gaillardetz provides comment to the Boston Herald on Cardinal Sean O'Malley's recent appointment to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a Vatican office responsible for defending church teaching and prosecuting sexual abuse cases. Boston Herald

Toward a Pastoral Magisterium

Professor Richard Gaillardetz writes about the way Pope Francis exercises his teaching authority in "Doctrinal Authority in the Francis Era: Toward a Pastoral Magisterium in Today's Church." Commonweal

Justice and Reconciliation

Professor of Theological Ethics, Stephen Pope, writes "Not the Time for Reconciliation: First Confront the Danger of Trump." Commonweal

Imbelli on Faith

In "The Obedience of Faith," Professor Emeritus Robert Imbelli writes about the power of faith in uncertain times. The Catholic Thing [blog]


Leadership through Conscience, Service, and Relationships

January 31, 7 p.m.
Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center

Magazine launch presented by Michael Sacco, the director of the Center for Student Formation. Event is cosponsored by the C21 Center, the Center for Student Formation, and the BC Theology Department. event details and registration


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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