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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.


Stephen Pope Reviews Doing Good

Professor of Theological Ethics, Stephen Pope, reviews Doing Good . . . Says Who?: Stories from Volunteers, Nonprofits, Donors, and Those They Want to Help by Connie Newton and Fran Early for America magazine. America magazine, BC Bookmarks

Langer on Peres Legacy

Professor Ruth Langer offers her thoughts on the legacy of the recently deceased Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Prof. Langer is currently conducting research and teaching in Jerusalem. BC Chronicle


Women's Voices: Forming Conscience, Raising Consciousness

October 11, 6 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium (Brighton Campus)

Featured discussants are Boston College professors Cathleen Kaveny (Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law and Theology), Régine Jean-Charles (Romance Languages and Literatures, African and African Diaspora Studies), Kerry Cronin (Lonergan Institute, Philosophy, and Center for Student Formation), and Kristin Heyer (Theological Ethics). Event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, the School of Theology and Ministry Women's Group, the Boston College Women's Council and the Church in the 21st Century Center. event details and registration

Public Theology and the Global Common Good Conference

October 14–15

This two-day conference honors the contributions of David Hollenbach, S.J., the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and senior fellow at the Berkley Center. Fr. Hollenbach is the former University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, and was the Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. The keynote address, "The Francis Revolution: Mercy," will be delivered by Kenneth Hackett, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See on Friday, October 14, at 4 p.m. in Gasson Hall, Room 100. For a details regarding Saturday sessions and to register, visit the conference websitePlease register by October 10. Contact Prof. Kristin Heyer at with questions. conference flyer


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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