Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Richard R. Viladesau


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(718) 817-3253

S.T.D. - Pontifical Gregorian University
S.T.B., S.T.L. - Pontifical Gregorian University 

B.A. - Cathedral College

Research Interests
Philosophical (“fundamental”) theology; Theology and Aesthetics; comparative theologies of God (Christian and non-Christian); theology of the cross (soteriology).

Fr. Viladesau’s current research activity centers on theological aesthetics in history and in current practice. He has published a two volume history of the passion of Christ in theology and the arts; a third volume is in the process of publication; a fourth is in preparation. This work is in service of a more basic epistemological question: the relation of conceptual thought to imagination and art as means of reflection, especially in theology. This project includes the consideration of aethetics in several senses, including the relation of God to beauty, sensibility, and the arts.

A second focus of Fr. Viladesau’s research is the notion of God or the Absolute in different religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Islam), in both mythic-aesthetic and the philosophical-ontological mediations.

A native of New York, Fr. Richard Viladesau completed his philosophical studies at the Immaculate Conception Seminary (Huntington), and pursued his theological degrees at the Gregorian University in Rome (S.T.L., 1970; S.T.D., 1975). He was ordained a priest at St. Peter’s basilica in 1969. He taught for twelve years at the Immaculate Conception Seminary before joining the theology faculty at Fordham in 1988. His work has centered on philosophical theology, in particular the question of the knowledge of God and the concept of revelation, both in Christianity and in non-Christian traditions. In recent years he has become known primarily for his contributions to the field of theological aesthetics, in which he remains actively engaged.

“Betrayal of Christ. In art.” -- in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin: de Gruyter), 2011.

“Jesus Christ, Iconography of.” New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2011. Ed. Robert L. Fastiggi. Vol. 1. (Detroit: Gale, 2011). p 377-391.

Review of "The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian 'Terms" for the Journal of Comparative Islamic Studies.

The Beauty of the Cross. The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts. From the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

The Triumph of the Cross. The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts. From the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).

FALL 2014

HPRH 3001-R02: Rel in Modern World
THEO 6615-R01: Rahner, Lonergan, and Transcendental Method
THEO 3700-R01: Scriptures of the World

For more information on Richard R. Viladesau, please visit his personal webpage.

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