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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.


Thomas Aquinas and executive pay
David Hollenbach, S.J.
, professor of theological ethics and director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice provides comment for article entitled, "Is exorbitant CEO pay a form of tyranny? Thomas Aquinas thinks so." National Catholic Reporter

Vatican Plenary Assembly on Women
Prof. Lisa Sowle Cahill responds to a working paper issued for the Vatican plenary assembly on women which includes a discussion on plastic surgery. New York Times

Feast of St. Patrick Homily
Prof. Liam Bergin delivered the homily at the Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at Boston's Holy Cross Cathedral. Boston Pilot, Msgr. Bergin's homily


Race, Religion, and Social Change
Wednesday, March 25, 5–6:30 p.m.
The Boisi Center is holding a discussion on race, religion, and social change, especially in light of the ongoing national conversations on the tragedies in Ferguson and Staten Island. From Boston College, Professor M. Shawn Copeland will be among the panelists with Professor Erik Owens moderating. Panelists also include professors Walter Fluker (Boston University) and Nichole Flores (St. Anselm College). event detailsflyerBoisi Center

Religious Pluralism in the Middle East
Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m.
Boston College welcomes His Excellency Amine Gemayel, former president of Lebanon. His lecture, subtitled "A Challenge to the International Community" is the second in a series examining the status of religious pluralism in the Middle East. flyer

Theologies of Suffering
Thursday, March 26, 6 p.m.
A Comparative Theology Public Lecture, from professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Ali Asani (Harvard University). The lecture is entitled "Theologies of Suffering: Approaches to Understanding the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn." event details

Engaging Particularities XIII
Thursday, March 26–Friday, March 27
Annual conference of the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue and Boston College Comparative Theology. The special focus for this year is "Suffering and Mortality." Paper proposals are due January 16 (Call for Papers). See the Engaging Particularities website for more details.


Richard Gaillardetz

One year of the Francis Papacy
Prof. Richard Gaillardetz discusses the events of the past year as well as what lies ahead for Pope Francis. Reuters | Buenos Aires Herald. Video at Fox News Boston.

David Hollenbach, S.J.

Religious Liberty
David Hollenbach, S.J.
, is one of the featured experts in this video by the Catholic News Service detailing the history of religious liberty and Catholicism. Video

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