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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.


Louisville Institute
From left to right: Prof. Andrew Prevot, Pete Cajka (History), Jessica Coblentz, Prof. MT Dávila (Andover Newton Theological School, BC Theology Ph.D. alumna)

Members of the Boston College community attend the Louisville Institute (L-I) annual Winter Seminar. The L-I supports projects that enrich North American religious life. Prof. Andrew Prevot (Systematic Theology) was awarded a sabbatical grant for his project, “Christ Who Lives In Me: Mysticism, Feminism, and Ordinary Life.” Prof. MT Dávila, who earned her Ph.D. in theological ethics at BC and now teaches at Andover Newton Theological School, was awarded a book grant for her project, “Living the Option for the Poor.” Dissertation fellowships were awarded to theology Ph.D. candidates Jessica Coblentz (“Depression, Salvation, and the Human Person”), Eddie Gonzalez (“Neighboring the Invisible: Liberation Theologies, the Exodus Narrative and the Catastrophe of Canaan”), and history Ph.D. candidate Peter Cajka (“The Theology of Conscience in America, 1940-1989”).


Present and Future of an Ibero-American Theology in Times of Globalization, Interculturality, and Exclusion

February 8, 5:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater

Panelists will discuss the insights from an historic gathering at Boston College of Latin American, U.S. Latino/a, and Spanish theologians meeting to Latin American theologies and the ways in which they meet the challenges of a globalized world. The outcome of this meeting will be presented to Pope Francis. Panelists include Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P. and Juan Carlos, S.J. The moderator is Thomas Groome. Event is cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, the Office of the University President, Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Boston College Department of Theology. event details and registration


Kristin Heyer

Immigration and Ethics

Professor Kristin Heyer (Theological Ethics) delivered a lecture to the Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life speaking on the ways in which Scripture and the Christian tradition offer resources for framing the issues surrounding immigration. Find audio, a transcript from an interview with Prof. Heyer, and other information on the event page.

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

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

Drones and Ethics

Drones and the Ethics of Targeted Killing 
by Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M.

Christian Identity

Christian Identity between Secularity and Plurality
by Catherine Cornille and Jeffrey Bloechl

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