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Stephen J. Pope

theology department

Stephen J. Pope


Stokes N337
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3892
Fax: 617-552-0794

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BA, Philosophy and Theology, Gonzaga University, 1977
MA, Divinity, University of Chicago, 1983
Ph.D., Ethics and Society, University of Chicago, 1988

Dissertation: "The Contributions of Contemporary Biological Anthropology to Recent Roman Catholic Interpretations of Love" (advisor: J. Gustafson)


Stephen J. Pope received his Ph.D. in theological ethics from the University of Chicago in 1988. He teaches courses on social ethics and theological ethics. He has written The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love (Georgetown, 1994) and Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2007), and he has edited Essays on the Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas (Georgetown, 2001). He and his wife have three children and reside in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.


Christian ethics and evolutionary theory
Love and justice in contemporary Christian ethics
Charity and natural law in Aquinas
Roman Catholic social teachings


Undergraduate: Core Level

Introduction to Christian Theology I and II
Personal and Social Responsibility I and II

Undergraduate: Electives

Seminar: Faith, Peace and Justice
Prophets and Peacemakers
Christian Social Ethics

Graduate: Master's Level

Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas
Love and Human Nature
Science and Theological Ethics

Graduate: Doctoral Seminars

Christian Love
The Virtues


Society of Christian Ethics
Catholic Theological Society of America


Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Solidarity and Hope: Jon Sobrino’s Challenge to the Christian Theology, editor, (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Press, 2008).

“Immersion Trips: The Case of El Salvador,” in Thomas Rausch, ed., Education for Faith and Justice: Catholic Higher Education Today (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010).

“Christian Love as Friendship: Engaging the Thomistic Tradition,” Love and Christian Ethics: Engagement with Tradition, Theory, and Society, eds. Frederick Simmons and Brian Sorrells, forthcoming,

“Should Christian Contributions to Transitional Justice Focus on Reconciliation? Lessons from El Salvador,” Public Forgiveness, ed. Bas von Stokkum, Nijmegan.

“Moral decision-Making: Interpreters of Darwin and Thomas Aquinas,” volume on Understanding Moral Sentiments from a Darwinian Perspective, ed. H. Putnam, (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).

“Tradition and Innovation in Natural Law”/ “Tradizione e innovazione nella legge naturale: Un’interpretazione tomista,” Concilium XLVI (Italian version) (March 2010), 26-37.

“Social Selection and Sexual Diversity: Implications for Christian Ethics,” in God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics, eds. Patricia Beattie Jung and Anna Marie Vigen (University of Illinois Press, 2010), 187-200.

“Catholic Social Teaching on Citizenship and Solidarity: Advocacy for a More Inclusive Vision,” Grace and Truth: A Journal of Catholic Reflection for Southern Africa 27.2 (2010):55-66.

“Restorative Justice as a Prophetic Path to Peace,” Catholic Theological Society of America Proceedings 65 (2010):19-34.


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