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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.


Understanding tbe Ascension

Professor Emeritus Robert Imbelli writes “Ascension isn't Jesus ‘on sabbatical’ until Second Coming.” Crux

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


Telling Stories About Women

July 22, 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room, and St. Ignatius Church

The eighth annual Mary of Magdala Celebration begins with Mass at St. Ignatius Church, followed by lunch at Corocoran Commons. The celebration ends with a lecture from ProfessorAmy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt) on how the parables reflect women's lives and agency in the ancient Jewish world. This event is sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. event details and registration

Evolution and the Primacy of Love

July 16, 10 a.m.
Robsham Theater

The annual Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Spirituality will be given by Ilia Delio, OSF (Villanova University). Professor Delio will speak about the implications of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin S.J.'s thought on evolution and love. This event is sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM). 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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