History of Christianity / Historical Theology
Faculty members and students in History of Christianity / Historical Theology examine the ways in which Christians, through the centuries, have engaged their tradition, its beliefs and practices, and the world in which they live. Theology and doctrine, devotional life and practices, liturgy, institutions, cultural productions, and lived religion are all foci for study. Faculty and students focus on specific theologians in particular contexts (e.g., Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, Henri de Lubac), on historical periods and/or regions (e.g., the early Byzantine era, the medieval west, the United States, twentieth-century Europe), or on themes throughout Christian history (e.g., asceticism, the papacy, heresy, Jewish-Christian relations, mysticism, gender, embodiment, sacred space).
While we welcome applicants in any aspect of the History of Christianity, current faculty strengths include:
History of Chrisitianity / Historical Theology Faculty
- Early Christianity (patristic biblical exegesis, asceticism, monasticism, gender);
- Medieval Christianity (mysticism, scholasticism, heresy, history of emotions, relations between the west and Byzantine east);
- Early Modern Christianity (English and continental reformations, trans-Atlantic Protestantism); and
- The Modern West (cultural and social history of U.S. Christianity, theology and culture in modern France).
Robert G. Davis
James T. Fisher
Franklin T. Harkins
J. Patrick Hornbeck II
Joseph Lienhard, S.J.