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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Brian D. Robinette

theology department

Brian Robinette

Associate Professor

Co-director of the Joint MA in Philosophy and Theology

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Stokes N333
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3893

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., Saint John's University (Collegeville)
B.A., Belmont University


Brian D. Robinette joined the faculty at Boston College in 2012. Prior to that, he taught at Saint Louis University (2003-2012). He obtained his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He is married and has two sons.


Phenomenology; Hermeneutics; Mimetic Theory; Theological Aesthetics; Mystical Theology; Theologies of Creation


  • Introduction to Christian Theology I & II
  • Spiritual Exercises for Philosophers and Theologians
  • Love and the Human Condition
  • God and Creation
  • Christology
  • Theology in a Secular Age
  • Theology and Science


  • Member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society, and the American Academy of Religion.
  • Recipient of the College Theology Society's Best Book of the Year Award (2010).
  • First Place Award for Best Book in Theology from the Catholic Press Association (2010).
  • Recipient of the Helen I. Mandeville Award for Teaching Humanities (Saint Louis University, 2009).
  • Recipient of the Graduate Student Association Mentor Award (Saint Louis University, 2006).



Grammars of Resurrection: A Christian Theology of Presence and Absence. New York: Crossroad/Herder, 2009.


"Undergoing Something From Nothing: The Doctrine of Creation as Contemplative Insight," in The Practice of the Presence of God: Theology as Way of Life, forthcoming.

"Does Darwin Have a Future? Pain, Suffering, and Death at Eastertide,"Theological Studies, forthcoming.

"La puissance d'un dépouillement sans limites repenser : repenser la creatio ex nihilo avec Stanislas Breton," trans. Claire Vajou, Transversalités, Octobre-Décembre, n° 135 (2015): 43-53.

"Deceit, Desire, and the Desert: René Girard’s Mimetic Theory in Conversation with Early Christian Monastic Practice." In Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred. Ed., Margaret R. Pfeil & Tobias L. Winright. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books (2012): 130-143.

"The Difference Nothing Makes: Creatio Ex Nihilo, the Resurrection, and Divine Gratuity." Theological Studies 72 (2011): 525-57.

"Heraclitean Nature and the Comfort of the Resurrection: Theology in an Open Space." Logos 14:4 (2011): 13-38.

"Discerning the Mystery of God." In Theological Foundations: Concepts and Methods for Understanding Christian Faith. Revised Edition. Ed. J.J. Mueller. Winona MN: Saint Mary’s Press, 2011, 31-48.

"To Enchant or Disenchant? A Plea for Ambiguity in the Contrasting Musical Ontologies of Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank." Expositions 4.1-2 (2010): 95-104.

"Teaching Catholic Theology in the Coming Decade: A Response." Horizons 37.2 (2010): 320-26.

"Who Do You Say I Am? Christology." In Theological Foundations: Concepts and Methods for Understanding Christian Faith. Ed. J.J. Mueller. Winona MN: Saint Mary’s Press, 2008, 105-32.

"A Gift to Theology? Jean-Luc Marion’s ‘Saturated Phenomenon’ in Christological Perspective." Heythrop Journal 48.1 (2007): 86-108.


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