Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Terrence W. Tilley

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology

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(718) 817-3240

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. - Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

A.B. - University of San Francisco

Research interests
Dr. Tilley works in philosophical theology and philosophy of religion. He also works on particular topics in systematic theology.

Dr. Tilley uses an eclectic philosophical approach focused on the nature and rationality of faith, Christology as a practical discipline, the problems of evil, the particular relationships of history, theology and faith, and the Catholic tradition.

Dr. Tilley is the Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Professor of Catholic Theology and the Chair of the Department. His A.B. is from the University of San Francisco and his Ph.D. is from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He has taught previously at Georgetown University, St. Michael’s College (Vermont), Florida State University, and the University of Dayton. Some of the mottos which guide Dr. Tilley’s work: “Theology is a team sport.” “Always particularize (in the face of universal claims).” “Always historicize (in the face of absolute claims).” “Always pluralize (in the face of dichotomous claims).” “All religion is popular.” “All theology is local.” Dr. Tilley is currently working on a number of lectures, including the presidential address for the Society for Philosophy of Religion. Dr. Tilley is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the College Theology Society.

Click here to view the video of Dr. Tilley's installation and inaugural lecture as the Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology, delivered on January 31, 2011.

On June 9, 2012, Dr. Tilley received the John Courtney Murray Award for Distinguished Achievement in Theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America. In recognizing Dr. Tilley, the Society said, "Our honoree has shown himself to be a most imaginative Catholic thinker, especially concerned to highlight the pragmatic dimensions of belief and practice often overlooked by theologians who approach the Catholic tradition philosophically only by appeal to metaphysics or through the history of ideas. [. . .] Ever concerned about the theological encounter between the epistemological question of how reason knows and the ecclesial question of how faith believes and acts, his career-long work continues to make an important contribution to theology’s traditional task of faith seeking understanding" (read the full citation here). An Inside Fordham story on Dr. Tilley receiving this distinguished award may be found here.

Selected Publications

Faith: What It Is and What It Isn’t (Orbis Books, 2010)

The Disciples’ Jesus: Christology as Reconciling Practice (Orbis Books, 2008)

Religious Diversity and the American Experience: A Theological Approach (Continuum Publishing, 2007).

History, Theology and Faith: Dissolving the Modern Problematic (Orbis Books, 2004)

Inventing Catholic Tradition (Orbis Books, 2000)


THEO 1000-R01: Faith & Critical Reason, MR  8:30-9:45

FALL 2013

THEO 6671-R0: Contemporary Christology, T 4:00-6:30

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