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Thomas Wangler

theology department

 

Thomas Wangler

Associate Professor

Maloney Hall, Room 324
21 Campanella Way
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3893
Fax: 617-731-9701
Email: thomas.wangler@bc.edu

Office Hours

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Theology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
MA, Theology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
BS, History, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY

Born to Clarence and Katherine (Schimmer) Wangler, Oct. 3, 1938 in Buffalo, NY. Married to Gail M. (Reid) Wangler, June 7, 1965. Two children: Julie Belou and John Wangler.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The Religious History of American Catholicism: how Catholics believed and lived the Catholic faith (i.e. catechisms, hymnals, devotional books and practices, and faith assertations relative to the American nation).

TEACHING

Exploring Catholicism I & II

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Vatican I: An Interpretation, with Theo Steeman, O.F.M. and Paul Misner (Boston: Boston College Press, 1970).

"John Ireland and the Origins of Liberal Catholicism in the United States," Catholic Historical Review, LVI (January 1971) 617-629; reprinted in The Enculturalization of American Catholicism, 1820-1900, ed. William Portier (New York: Garland Press, 1988).

"John Ireland's Emergence as a Liberal Catholic and Americanist, 1875-1887," Records of the American Catholic Historical Society, LXXXI (June 1971); reprinted in The Enculturalization of American Catholicism, 1820-1900, ed. William Portier (New York: Garland Press, 1988).

"The Birth of Americanism: 'Westward the Apocalyptic Candlestick," Harvard Theological Review, LXV (July 1972), 415-436.

"The Emergence of John Keane as a Liberal Catholic and Americanists, 1878-1887," American Ecclesiastical Review, CLXVI (September 1972), 457-478.

A Guide for Boston College Pre-Medical Students (Boston: Boston College Press, 1973), pp. 1-90.

A Guide for Boston College Pre-Medical Students, 2nd ed., revised and enlarged (Boston: Boston College Press), pp. 1-160.

"The Americanism of J. St. Clair Etheridge," Records of the American Catholic Historical Society, LXXXV (June 1975) 88-105.

"American Catholics and the Spanish-American War," Catholics in America, ed. Robert Trisco (Washington, D.C. : National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1976).

"The Religious Goals and Curriculum of Boston College, 1864-1900," Inscape: Studies Presented to Charles F. Donovan S.J., ed. Michael Connolly and Lawrence Jones (Boston: Boston College Office of University Publications, 1978), 211-221.

"A Bibliography of the Writings of Archbishop John J. Keane," Records of The American Catholic Historical Society, LXXXIX (March-December 1978), 60-73.

"American Catholic Expansionism, 1886-1894," Harvard Theological Review, LXXV (July 1982) 369-393.

"The Religious Life of Boston Catholics in the Era of Cardinal O'Connell," in Catholic Boston: Studies in Religion and Community, ed. Robert Sullivan (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1985).

"Myth, World-views and Late Nineteenth Century American Catholic Expansionism," in Rising from History: U.S. Catholic Theology Looks to the Future, ed. Robert J. Daly, S.J. (Latham Md.: University Press of America, 1987) 71-82.

"Americanism," New Dictionary of Theology, (Wilmington, Del.: Glazier, 1987).

"Catholic Catechetics," Dictionary of Christianity in America, ed. Daniel G. Reid, (Doners Grove, Ill: Intervarsity Press, 1990), 230-231.

"Popular American Catholic Piety," Dictionary of Christianity in America, ibid. 904-906.

"American Catholic Liturgical Reform Movement," Dictionary of Christianity in America, ibid. 661-662.

"Catholic Respondant: "Sydney Ahlstrom's A Religious History of the American People," American Society of Church History, December 1973.

"The Real Myth of Roman Catholic Americanism," Consultation on Modernism, American Academy of Religion, October 1973

"Roman Catholic Americanism," New England Regional Meeting of the College Theology Society, April 1975.

Commentator: "Women and Religion in America," New England Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, April 7, 1980.

"Sources for Catholic Devotional History," The Catholic Library Association, April 1981.

Commentator: "The Modernist Impulse in American Protestantism," by William Hutchinson, April 2, 1982, New England Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

"A Religious History of American Catholicism," American Catholic Historical Association, April 17, 1982.

"Politics, Prelates, and Piety in Boston," Kennedy Center, Boston, March 20, 1984.

"Black Catholics in Boston's History," Conference on Blacks in Boston, Boston College, April 1984.

"Myth, Metaphysics, and Late Nineteenth Century American Catholic Expansionism," College Theology Society, May 1984.

"A Rahnerian Reconstruction of American Catholicism," College Theology Society, May 1986.

"A Critique of Jay Dolan's American Catholic Experience, College Theology Society, May 1987.

"Boston Catholic Architecture," American Catholic Historical Association, April 1991.

"Americanist Beliefs and Papal Orthodoxy: 1884-1900," U.S. Catholic Historian, Vol 11 (Summer 1993) pp. 37-52.

"The First Catechism of American Catholics, 1772, Content and Influence," scheduled for the Catholic Historical Association Meeting in April 1994.

"The First Construction of American Catholicism 1774-1815," presented at the College Theology Society Meeting, June 1997.

"Theology and American Catholic Historiography," U.S. Catholic Historian, Vol 23 #2 Spring 2005, pp. 21-44.

"The Earliest Philadelphia Hymn Collection, 1773-1787," American Catholic Studies, Vol. 117, #3, Fall 2006, pp. 33-52.