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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

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Curriculum Vitae


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

Research Interests

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
Theology in a Secular Age
Theology and Science

Selected Publications


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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