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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

James M. Weiss

theology department

James Weiss

Associate Professor

Stokes N435
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3897
Fax: 617-552-0794

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M.A., Ph.D., The University of Chicago

Research Interests

Contemporary Spirituality since 1900
Renaissance and Reformation Church History
Biography as a Literary Form
Spirituality of Work & Vocation


Personal and Social Responsibility
Introduction to Christian Spirituality
Religious Quest I
Capstone: One Life, Many Lives
Contemporary Spirituality since 1945

Selected Publications

Prof. Weiss's recently published book, Humanist Biography in Renaissance Italy and Reformation Germany: Friendship and Rhetoric, synthesizes his interest in human individuality with his research on biography as a renewed form of literature in the Renaissance and Reformation.

Academic Articles

“Humanism,” “Renaissance,” “Beatus Rhenanus,” and "Stanislaus Hosius,” in Vol. 1 of The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, edited by Robert Benedetto. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.

"Kennst Du das Land wo die Humanisten blühen? The Role of Italy in the Biographies of German Humanists, 1485-1585." In Vol. 1 of Germania Latina…: Politik, Wissenschaft, humanistische Kultur …, edited by Eckhard Kessler and Heinrich Kuhn, 439-455. Munich: Fink, 2003.

Educational Articles

“Faith of Our Forebears: Interpreting Religion at Plimoth Plantation,” Plimoth Life, 2011, 3-5.

“A Kinder, Gentler Pope Benedict,” op-ed piece for The Boston Globe, April 19, 2006.

“Precedents and Priorities at the Coming Conlave,” op-ed piece for The Boston Globe, April 13, 2005.

“College Kid at the Council: Reflections on a Year at Vatican Council II, 1964/5”, Commonweal, December 16, 2005, 12-14.