Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J.
Distinguished Professor of Theology
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Ph.D. - Catholic University of America
M.A. - Manhattan College
B.A. - Brentwood College
Systematic theology, especially the mystery of God; the meaning of Jesus Christ and redemption; interpretations of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the communion of saints; the problem of suffering; the dialogue between science and religion; creation and ecological ethics; and all of the above as related to the human dignity of women and articulated in feminist theology.
Current research projects involve a study that retrieves a robust pneumatology to secure the presence of God in the evolving world, now under threat; and a gathering and analysis of works interpreting Jesus by women in African, Asian, and Latin American cultures.
Currently Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, where she teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs, Elizabeth Johnson grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of seven children in a sprawling Catholic family that included beloved cats and dogs. As a young adult she joined the religious order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph whose motherhouse is in Brentwood, Long island, NY. At the time of the Seond Vatican Council, she was a young sister teaching in elementary school as a New York State certified teacher of reading from grades K-6, a certification she still maintains. The Council energized her interest in matters theological.
After receiving a Ph.D. in theology from Catholic University of America (1981), she taught at that university for ten years before moving to Fordham. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the oldest and largest society of theologians in the world, and a former president of the American Theological Society, an ecumenical association, she loves to teach and was awarded Fordham University’s Teaching Award in 1998 and Professor of the Year Award in 2011. Recipient of fourteen honorary degrees, the John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished achievement in theology, and numerous other awards, she serves on the editorial boards of the journals Theological Studies, Horizons: Journal of the College Theology Society, and Theoforum. Her book She Who Is garnered several honors, most notably the Grawemeyer Award in Religion; her work has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Bosnian, Korean, Indonesian, and Thai.
Deeply involved in the life of the church, her public service in the church has included being a theologian on the national Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue (1984-91); a consultant to the US Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Women in Church and Society; a theologian on the Vatican-sponsored dialogue between science and religion, and on the Vatican-sponsored ecumenical conference on Christ and world religions; and a core committee member of the Common Ground Initiative, started by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin to reconcile polarized groups in the Catholic Church.
Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology (Crossroad,1990).
She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse (Crossroad, 1992).
Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit (Paulist, 1993).
Friends of God and Prophets: A Feminist Theological Reading of the Communion of Saints (Continuum, 1998).
The Church Women Want, ed. (Paulist, 2002).
Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints (Continuum, 2003).
Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in Theology of God (Continuum, 2007).
Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love (forthcoming, Bloomsbury, 2013).
THEO 3610-R02: Christ in World Cultures
THEO 4005-R01: Women and Theology
For more information on Elizabeth A. Johnson, please visit her personal webpage.