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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.


The Maccabees Project
November 30 and December 1
Professors Yonder Gillihan (biblical studies) and Natana DeLong-Bas (Islamic studies and comparative theology) will participate in a Dialogue Series on First and Second Maccabees. RSVP by Nov. 23. Event websiteflyer


Hollenbach awarded Civitas Dei Medal

Villanova University awarded David Hollenbach, S.J., its prestigious Civitas Dei Medal, awarded to scholars who make exemplary contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition. At the award ceremony, two graduates of the Boston College theology doctoral program now teaching at Villanova, honored Fr. Hollenbach with presentations about his work. In addition, Fr. Hollenbach presented a lecture entitled, "Humanity in Crisis: The Rights of People Displaced by War." Villanova University press release

Book on Vatican II as unfinished

Richard Gaillardetz writes about the legacy of Vatican II and issues it left unresolved in An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2015).BC BookmarksLiturgical Press

Book on ethics of drone warfare

Ken Himes, O.F.M., writes about the role of drones in U.S. national security and its ethical implications in his new book, Drones and the Ethics of Targeted Killing (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015). BC BookmarksRowman & Littlefield

Women and the Church after Vatican II

M. Shawn Copeland was the keynote speaker at the conference, "Still Guests in Our Own House?," exploring a range of topics related to women and the Church since Vatican II. National Catholic Reporter


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

Death by Drone

Drones and the Ethics of Targeted Killing
by Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M., 2015

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