Faculty updates

So much is happening around here these days. As the second-year students finish their theses and apply to PhD programs, and first-year students contemplate thesis topics and next year’s coursework, our faculty continue to publish and present around the country. Here’s a snippet:


Rebekah Eklund is teaching a workshop on lament at the Midwinter Conference, which is the annual gathering of clergy in the Evangelical Covenant Church (Jan. 27-31), in Chicago.

Jim Buckley will be participating in the North American Lutheran Catholic Dialogue from February 19 – February 23 in Washington, D.C.  The theme is “Practices of Teaching”, and the goal is to faithfully cdescribe the different practices of Lutherans and Cahtolics, discern where the crucial disagreements arise, and propose to the the Church and the churches ways to overcome those disagreements.

David Decosimo’s Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue will be released June 4, 2014 by Stanford Univ Press, but is available for pre-order already. Additionally, David was awarded one of two 2013-14 University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion’s Analytic Theology Course Grants for his MTS course “God, Good, and the Good Life” which is on offer this semester.

Also, Jim Buckley and Trent Pomplun and Michael Root (of Catholic University) are organizing the annual conference of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology at Loyola University Maryland from June 9 – June 11. What are the principalities and powers of our time? How do we understand them as created, fallen, and disarmed? How does the Christian today engage these powers? The 2014 conference of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology will take up this theme. Presentations will represent a variety of traditions: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant.  Jim Buckley will edit a volume of essays from this conference — and previous volumes are available at the Wipf and Stock web site, under “Pro Ecclesia Books”.

In recent history:

Dr. Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner was the external examiner and opponent at a doctoral thesis defense of Salla Palmi-Felin’s dissertation “’God’s Gift which Cannot Be Sold.’” Knowledge-Selling Professions in the Literature of Pastoral Care in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries” at University of Tampere, Finland on January 27, 2014.

Trent Pomplun, author of Jesuit on the Roof of the World (OUP, 2010), delivered ”God and Emptiness: The Tibetan Thomism of Ippolito Desideri, S.J. (1684-1733)” at the World Religion, World Church Colloquium at Notre Dame University on Nov. 7 2013. Trent has several articles coming out this year. Stay tuned for more information.

Steve Fowl published the following two essays:
“Effective History and the Cultivation of Wise Readers” Journal of Theological  Interpretation, 7:2 (2013) 153-161.
“Scripture and the Divided Church” in Horizons in Hermeneutics: A Festschrift for Anthony C. Thiselton, eds. S.E. Porter and M. Malcolm (Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2013) 217-233.

Additionally, Steve delivered the Carmichael Walling Lecture at Abilene Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology. His lecture can be found in two parts here and here.

Fritz Bauerschmidt’s new book on Thomas Aquinas: Faith, Reason, and Following Christ was released by OUP in Oct. 2013. The volume was actually the topic of a panel at AAR here in Baltimore in November. One of the panelist’s papers can be read over on Patheos.




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