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Fire In The Bread, Life In The Body: The Pneumatology Of Ephrem The Syrian, David Kiger Apr 2020

Fire In The Bread, Life In The Body: The Pneumatology Of Ephrem The Syrian, David Kiger

Dissertations (2009 -)

The fourth century debates about the status and personhood of the Son later expanded to reflections on the status and person of the Holy Spirit. In this dissertation I examine the pneumatology of Ephrem the Syrian, who is often over-looked in discussions about fourth century pneumatology. I argue that Ephrem displays a high pneumatology that fits within the broad contours of the pro-Nicene movement. I begin with a discussion of Ephrem’s Syriac heritage and focus on the themes and language surrounding the Holy Spirit in pre-Nicene Syriac texts. Pre-Nicene Syriac authors speak about the Spirit’s role in liturgical ...


Transforming The Foundation: Lonergan's Transposition Of Aquinas' Notion Of Wisdom, Juliana Vazquez Krivsky Oct 2019

Transforming The Foundation: Lonergan's Transposition Of Aquinas' Notion Of Wisdom, Juliana Vazquez Krivsky

Dissertations (2009 -)

Medieval philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas developed a multifaceted account of wisdom by integrating Aristotelian and Platonic lines of thought with the truths of Christianity. Bernard J.F. Lonergan, SJ (1904-1984), one of the leading Catholic systematic theologians of the twentieth century, transplanted the metaphysical insights of Aquinas into a contemporary philosophy and theology of conscious intentionality constructed around human experiencing, understanding, judging, deciding, and loving.This dissertation reiterates the deceptively simple question first posed by Frederick Crowe: Did Lonergan achieve a deliberate, thoroughgoing transposition of the Thomist metaphysical category of wisdom into a more cognitive-existential context? Through a chronological ...


Beyond Slavery: Christian Theology And Rehabilitation From Human Trafficking, Christopher Michael Gooding Jul 2019

Beyond Slavery: Christian Theology And Rehabilitation From Human Trafficking, Christopher Michael Gooding

Dissertations (2009 -)

Is there life beyond slavery? In the past 20 years, there has been a significant increase in research related to human trafficking. However, very little of it has examined the ethical issues that survivors face as they attempt to reintegrate back into society, or that aftercare workers face as they attempt to assist survivors in the reintegration process. And there has been almost nothing written on how the tools of moral and political theology might offer insight into these issues. This dissertation attempts to begin to address this gap in the literature.In order to assess what the nature of ...


Book Review Of Interrupting Capitalism: Catholic Social Thought And The Economy. By Matthew A. Shadle, Kate Ward Jun 2019

Book Review Of Interrupting Capitalism: Catholic Social Thought And The Economy. By Matthew A. Shadle, Kate Ward

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Widow As The Altar Of God: Retrieving Ancient Sources For Contemporary Discussions On Christian Discipleship, Lisa Marin Moore Apr 2019

Widow As The Altar Of God: Retrieving Ancient Sources For Contemporary Discussions On Christian Discipleship, Lisa Marin Moore

Dissertations (2009 -)

Recent accounts of the history of Christian theology tend to neglect materialconcerning widows in antiquity and their contribution to Christian discipleship. In thisdissertation I would like to offer a corrective along the lines of studying the contributionof widows in Jewish and Christian antiquity to the Catholic tradition. In particular, Icontend that the Jewish roots of the widows’ contribution to Christian theology is alsooverlooked. The idea of the widow as an “altar of God,” which emerges in early Churchliterature, requires an understanding of the history of widows and the altar in Jewish andChristian antiquity ...


Grace At The End Of Life: Rethinking Ordinary And Extraordinary Means In A Global Context, Conor M. Kelly Jan 2019

Grace At The End Of Life: Rethinking Ordinary And Extraordinary Means In A Global Context, Conor M. Kelly

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


On Pediatric Vaccines And Catholic Social Teaching, Conor M. Kelly Dec 2018

On Pediatric Vaccines And Catholic Social Teaching, Conor M. Kelly

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

Determining whether, and when, to get one's children vaccinated has become an increasingly controversial decision, often leaving parents fearful of making the “wrong” choice. Part of the challenge stems from the fact that what is rationally optimal for an individual is inherently at odds with the best outcome for the community, meaning that if everyone acted out of self-interest with respect to pediatric vaccines, communal health would suffer significantly. Given these tensions, the issue of pediatric vaccines benefits greatly from the nuanced assessment of Catholic social teaching. Specifically, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace's “four permanent principles ...


A Soldier’S Faith: The Civil War Experiences And Reflections Of William Porcher Dubose, Robert B. Slocum Nov 2018

A Soldier’S Faith: The Civil War Experiences And Reflections Of William Porcher Dubose, Robert B. Slocum

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

The noted Episcopal theologian William Porcher DuBose was a seminarian when the American Civil War began. He was torn between continuing his studies for ordination and joining the Confederate Army. He felt duty bound to defend his homeland, and he served heroically, wounded in combat, and taken as a prisoner of war. Troubled by the senselessness and inhumanity of war, he was eventually ordained and served as a military chaplain. He devoted himself to faith and ministry when he realized his country and culture were lost. DuBose vividly presents his views on war and faith in his wartime correspondence with ...


The Divine Comedy At Corinth: Paul, Menander And The Rhetoric Of Resurrection, Michael Cover Oct 2018

The Divine Comedy At Corinth: Paul, Menander And The Rhetoric Of Resurrection, Michael Cover

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

This article asks how the New Comedy of Menander might have influenced Paul's theological rhetoric in 1 Cor 5–15. An intertextual reading of Paul's letter against the backdrop of Menander's Samia reveals a number of shared topics, ethical concerns and dramatic characteristics. Paul's citation of Menander's Thais in 1 Cor 15.33 is part of this larger strategy to frame the struggles in Corinth within the ambit of Greek household ‘situation comedy’. Like Menander, Paul hybridises tragic and comic motifs throughout his epistle, inflecting the comedy of the Christ narrative with tragic examples of ...


Book Review Of Philo Of Alexandria: An Intellectual Biography By Maren R. Niehoff, Michael Cover Oct 2018

Book Review Of Philo Of Alexandria: An Intellectual Biography By Maren R. Niehoff, Michael Cover

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Imagining Demons In Post-Byzantine Jerusalem: John Of Damascus And The Consolidation Of Classical Christian Demonology, Nathaniel Ogden Kidd Oct 2018

Imagining Demons In Post-Byzantine Jerusalem: John Of Damascus And The Consolidation Of Classical Christian Demonology, Nathaniel Ogden Kidd

Dissertations (2009 -)

This dissertation traces the consolidation of a classical Christian framework for demonology in the theological corpus of John of Damascus (c. 675 – c. 750), an eighth century Greek theologian writing in Jerusalem. When the Damascene sat down to write, I argue, there was a great variety of demonological options available to him, both in the depth of the Christian tradition, and in the ambient local imagination. John’s genius lies first in what he chose not to include, but second in his ability to synthesize a minimalistic demonology out of a complex body of material and integrate it into a ...


Solidarity And Social Justice In Promoting Mental Health And Wellness Among Impoverished People: Looking From Mercy And Liberation, Alexandre Andrade Martins Aug 2018

Solidarity And Social Justice In Promoting Mental Health And Wellness Among Impoverished People: Looking From Mercy And Liberation, Alexandre Andrade Martins

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

This paper reflects on issues of justice and mental health from a theological approach that intends to show an ethics of social responsibility and caring ground on a new social Samaritan paradigm. It has the Brazilian context of public health as the starting point for its analysis and an example to support a theological perspective that stresses the crucial importance of a community-based approach able to integrate patient, family, ecclesial community, and society in order to shape public policies that respond to mental health demands and challenges. In addition, this paper suggests an ethics of personal, communal, and social responsibility ...


Book Review Of The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds For Ecological Ethics/ By Daniel P. Scheid, Jame Schaefer Jul 2018

Book Review Of The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds For Ecological Ethics/ By Daniel P. Scheid, Jame Schaefer

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Book Review Of Maximus The Confessor. Jesus Christ And The Transfiguration Of The World, By Paul M. Blowers, Marcus Plested Jul 2018

Book Review Of Maximus The Confessor. Jesus Christ And The Transfiguration Of The World, By Paul M. Blowers, Marcus Plested

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Examining The Political Motivations Of Christian Women Following The 2016 Presidential Election, Julie Grace Jul 2018

Examining The Political Motivations Of Christian Women Following The 2016 Presidential Election, Julie Grace

Master's Theses (2009 -)

As research begins and continues to examine the historic nature of the 2016 presidential election, this study aims to understand the political motivations of a specific group of voters – Christian women in two Wisconsin counties that flipped from voting for a Democrat in 2012 to a Republican in 2016. Long-form, qualitative interviews were used to obtain an understanding of the participants’ faith, their view on politics, and their thoughts on the 2016 election and President Trump’s first year in office. Grounded theory was used as a theoretical framework for this study, and the constant comparative method of analysis was ...


Luther The Iconographer Of The Saints Of Genesis, Mickey L. Mattox May 2018

Luther The Iconographer Of The Saints Of Genesis, Mickey L. Mattox

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


The Parable As Mirror: An Examination Of The Use Of Parables In The Works Of Kierkegaard, Russell Hamer Apr 2018

The Parable As Mirror: An Examination Of The Use Of Parables In The Works Of Kierkegaard, Russell Hamer

Dissertations (2009 -)

This dissertation focuses on an exploration of the use of parables in the works of Soren Kierkegaard. While some work has been done on Kierkegaard’s poetic style, very little attention has been paid to his metaphors, despite their prevalent use in his works. Much of the scholarship instead treats his parables as mere examples of philosophical concepts. In this work, I argue that Kierkegaard’s parables function primarily to cause the reader to see him or herself truly. The parables work like mirrors, reflecting our true selves back onto ourself. In this way, the parables prompt Kierkegaard’s readers ...


The Media Matrix Of Early Jewish And Christian Literature, Nicholas Andrew Elder Apr 2018

The Media Matrix Of Early Jewish And Christian Literature, Nicholas Andrew Elder

Dissertations (2009 -)

This study compares two seemingly dissimilar ancient texts, the Gospel of Mark and Joseph and Aseneth. The former is a product of the nascent Jesus movement and influenced by the Greco-Roman βίοι (“Lives”). It details the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of a wandering Galilean. The latter is a Hellenistic Jewish narrative influenced by Jewish novellas and Greek romances. It expands the laconic account of Joseph’s marriage to Aseneth in Genesis 41 into a full-blown love story that promotes the romantic, theological, and ethical incentives of spurning idols and converting to Judaism. Generically, theologically, and concerning content the two ...


Eighteenth-Century Forerunners Of Vatican Ii: Early Modern Catholic Reform And The Synod Of Pistoia, Shaun London Blanchard Apr 2018

Eighteenth-Century Forerunners Of Vatican Ii: Early Modern Catholic Reform And The Synod Of Pistoia, Shaun London Blanchard

Dissertations (2009 -)

This dissertation sheds further light on the nature of church reform and the roots of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) through a study of eighteenth-century Catholic reformers who anticipated Vatican II. The most striking of these examples is the Synod of Pistoia (1786), the high-water mark of "late Jansenism." Most of the reforms of the Synod were harshly condemned by Pope Pius VI in the Bull Auctorem fidei (1794), and late Jansenism was totally discredited in the increasingly ultramontane nineteenth-century Catholic Church. Nevertheless, many of the reforms implicit or explicit in the Pistoian agenda - such as an exaltation of the ...


Conceiving God: Literal And Figurative Prompt For A More Tectonic Distinction, Robert Masson Feb 2018

Conceiving God: Literal And Figurative Prompt For A More Tectonic Distinction, Robert Masson

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

John Sanders’ Theology in the Flesh, the first comprehensive overview of the toolkit that contemporary cognitive linguistics offers for theological appropriation, despite its remarkable success, gives rather minimal attention to blending theory, one of the discipline’s most formidable tools. This paper draws on blending theory to offer an alternative to Sanders’ chapter on conceiving God. Central to the proposal is claim that God-talk, like many of the advances in science, technology, and art, entails a kind of tectonic understanding and conceptual mapping that is neither literal nor figurative.


Gendered Language And The Construction Of Jewish Identity In 2 Maccabees, Joshua Ezra Burns Jan 2018

Gendered Language And The Construction Of Jewish Identity In 2 Maccabees, Joshua Ezra Burns

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Pope Francis And Ecumenism, Susan K. Wood Jan 2018

Pope Francis And Ecumenism, Susan K. Wood

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Book Review Of On Love, Confession, Surrender And The Moral Self, By Ian Clausen, Andrew J. Kim Jan 2018

Book Review Of On Love, Confession, Surrender And The Moral Self, By Ian Clausen, Andrew J. Kim

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Zora Neale Hurston’S Moses, Man Of The Mountain And Biblical Studies, Deirdre Dempsey Jan 2018

Zora Neale Hurston’S Moses, Man Of The Mountain And Biblical Studies, Deirdre Dempsey

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


The Death Of Tragedy: The Form Of God In Paul’S Carmen Christi And Euripides’ Bacchae, Michael Cover Jan 2018

The Death Of Tragedy: The Form Of God In Paul’S Carmen Christi And Euripides’ Bacchae, Michael Cover

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

Scholarship on Phil 2:6–11 has long wrestled with the question of “interpretive staging.” While acknowledging that Jewish sapiential and apocalyptic literature as well as Roman apotheosis narratives provide important matrices for the hymn, the following study pinpoints a third backdrop against which Paul's dramatic christology would have been heard in Philippi: Euripidean tragedy. Echoes of Dionysus's opening monologue from Euripides's Bacchae in the carmen Christi suggest that Roman hearers of Paul's letter likely understood Christ's kenotic metamorphosis as a species of Dionysian revelation. This interpretive recognition accomplishes a new integration of the hymn ...


Converting To And Nurturing Ecological Consciousness--Individually, Collectively, Actively, Jame Schaefer Jan 2018

Converting To And Nurturing Ecological Consciousness--Individually, Collectively, Actively, Jame Schaefer

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Converting To And Nourishing Ecological Consciousness-Individually And Collectively, Jame Schaefer Jan 2018

Converting To And Nourishing Ecological Consciousness-Individually And Collectively, Jame Schaefer

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


The Unity Of The Virtues In A Missionary Key, Andrew J. Kim Jan 2018

The Unity Of The Virtues In A Missionary Key, Andrew J. Kim

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

The thesis of the unity of the virtues—one must possess all of the virtues to possess even one of them—was upheld in different forms by Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. However, contemporary moralists almost universally decry this thesis as distorting the nature of virtue as it is materialized in the lives and actions of ordinary people. Unfortunately, academic discourse regarding the unity of the virtues has tended to be either entirely theoretical or narrowly limited to particular individuals or groups as “test cases” regarding the validity of the thesis. It is both significant and reinvigorating, therefore, that in ...


Feminist Ethics: Evaluating The Hookup Culture, Conor M. Kelly Jan 2018

Feminist Ethics: Evaluating The Hookup Culture, Conor M. Kelly

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Filling The Gaps In Civil Society The Role Of The Catholic Church In Latin American Democratization, John Thiede, Matthew Carnes Jan 2018

Filling The Gaps In Civil Society The Role Of The Catholic Church In Latin American Democratization, John Thiede, Matthew Carnes

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

In this paper, we seek to draw lessons about the roles that religious institutions can play in promoting democracy in deeply divided societies by examining the experience of the Catholic Church in Latin America. We focus on the cases of Chile and El Salvador, two countries where the Catholic Church played a decisive role in advancing democracy after autocratic military rule. These two cases illustrate where theology and action productively promoted social change in highly conflictual societies. We note challenges to democracy in the region, but also new opportunities in the era of the first Latin American pope, Francis.