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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.


BC Theology Ranked #5 in the World

The recently released 2017 QS World University Rankings for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies rank Boston College Theology as number 5 in the world. The only other US institution in the top five is Harvard University at number 1, followed by the University of Oxford, Durham University, and the University of Cambridge. QS Top Universities web, BC News

Evangelized by the Poor

Professor Roberto Goizueta provides comment for reporter G. Jeffrey MacDonald in the article “Can controversial Latin American theology speak to Catholics today?”, detailing the recent Ibero-American Conference of Theology held at Boston College. Prof. Goizueta highlights the importance of understanding “American” to mean all peoples of the Americas, and how this can impact the way North Americans perceive migrants: “When we move out to encounter and to befriend the poor, we come eventually to see ourselves evangelized by the poor.” Read more at Crux.


Book Launch: Fragility of Consciousness

March 24, 4 p.m.
Stokes 195S

The Lonergan Institute is celebrating a new publication by esteemed professor of systematic theology Frederick Lawrence. The book is entitled The Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good (University of Toronto Press, 2017), is edited by Kevin M. Vander SchelPh.D. ‘12 (now assistant professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University), and Randall S. RosenbergPh.D. 08 (now assistant professor of systematic theology at Saint Louis University). The Fragility of Consciousness is a collection of Prof. Lawrence's essays, both published and unpublished, and is the first published collection of his work. For questions about the event, contact Peggy Bakalo at x2-8095.


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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