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Dominic F. Doyle

associate professor of systematic theology

Dominic F. Doyle

Contact Information | (617) 552-6516
Simboli Hall 311


B.A., University of Cambridge, England
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D., Boston College

Areas of Interest

Theological anthropology, theology of culture, doctrine of God, with a particular interest in Thomas Aquinas and Karl Rahner.


Dr. Dominic F. Doyle, Associate Professor in Systematic Theology, was born in London, England and holds a B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Boston College.


Fall 2017
Aquinas on God (TMST8506)
Theological Anthropology (TMST7056)

Spring 2018
Disputed Questions (TMST7065)
Grace (TMST7045)

Other Courses
Fundamental Theology
Seminar: Theology of Modernity
Theological Synthesis
Theological Virtues
Theology of Culture

Recent Publications

“Is charity the Holy Spirit? A study of Thomas Aquinas’ disagreement with Lombard” In Thomas Aquinas: Questions on Love and Charity, ed. Robert Miner. Yale University Press (“Rethinking the Western Tradition” Series). Forthcoming.

"Beyond 'Change vs. Continuity': Reframing the Debate Over the Reception of Vatican II" in Living Faith: Sri Lanka's National Seminary Journal, 14/1 (July 2014), 1-13.

"'A Future, Difficult, Yet Possible Good': Defining Christian Hope." In Christian Hope: Promise, Possibility and Fulfillment, eds. Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid. Paulist Press, 2013.

“Transposing Richard McKeon’s Philosophic Pluralism into a Theological Key” in New Voices in Catholic Theology, eds. Anna Bonta Moreland and Joseph Curran, Crossroad/Herder and Herder, 2012.

“Thomas Aquinas, John of the Cross, and Karl Rahner on Hope.” Irish Theological Quarterly, 77/1 (February, 2012), 18–36.

“From Triadic to Dyadic Soul: a genetic study of John of the Cross on the anthropological basis of hope.” Studies in Spirituality, 21 (2011), 219–241.

“The Dialectical Unfolding of the Theological Virtues: Tayloring Christian Identity to a Secular Age,” Gregorianum 92/4 (2011), 687–707.

“The Significance of Aquinas’s Doctrine of Hope for a Contemporary Christian Humanism” (book chapter for AQUINAS AND HOPE, CUA Press)

“Post-traumatic Ecclesiology and the Restoration of Hope,” Theological Studies 72/2 (June 2011): 275–95.

A study of the theological foundations of Christian humanism that brings the classic Thomistic understanding of the theological virtue of hope into conversation with the recent retrieval of Christian humanism by Charles Taylor and Nicholas Boyle. This book was one of the winners of the 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise.

"On Spe salvi: A Thomistic Critique of an Augustinian Encyclical" (Theological Studies, 71/2 (2010): 350-79)

"Retrieving the Hope of Christian Humanism: A Thomistic Reflection on the Thought of Charles Taylor and Nicholas Boyle." (Gregorianum, 90/4 (2009): 699-722). An earlier version of this article won the Catholic Theological Society of America’s 2008 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award to New Scholars.

Various entries in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, Blackwell. (2009) Grace, Christian Humanism, Hope, Sin, Mercy, Theological Virtues.

"Nicholas Boyle's Who Are We Now? Christian Humanism and the Global Market from Hegel to Heaney: an appraisal by a systematic theologian."
(Review Essay in Heythrop Journal, vol. 45.2: April 2004, 233-42)