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Michael C. McCarthy, SJ

Associate Professor of Theology and Vice President for Mission Integration and Planning

General Information

Department of Theology
Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458

Email: mmccarthysj@fordham.edu

Biography

Fr. McCarthy, a native of San Francisco, CA, entered the Society of Jesus in 1983 after a year as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity with an emphasis in Patristic Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. In 1997, he received a Master’s in Divinity with Distinction from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and an M.A. (Oxon.) from Oxford University in Litterae Humaniores (“Greats”)  in 1991. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages, Magna Cum Laude, from Santa Clara University in 1987. At Fordham, he serves as the Vice President for Mission Integration and Planning. As Vice President, Fr. McCarthy works collaboratively with other units at the University to promote and advance the distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education at Fordham.  The position oversees Campus Ministry, the Center on Religion and Culture, the Center for Community Engaged Learning, and the Global Outreach program. He also serves as the Presidential Assistant for Planning, supporting the Office of the President with University-wide strategic planning.

Education

PhD, University of Notre Dame

MDiv, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

MA (Oxon.), Oxford University

BA, Santa Clara University

Research Interests

The Intellectual and Cultural Context of Early Christianity; Contemporary Religious Belief; the Concept of Church in Ancient Christianity; Early Biblical Exegesis; Augustine; Religious Authority and Belief in Fourth and Fifth Centuries; Early Asceticism and Spirituality.

Publications

“Interpreting Augustine: Mirrors, Models, and the Middle Voice,” Augustinian Studies 43:1/2 (2012): 65-76.

“Augustine’s Mixed Feelings: Vergil’s Aeneid and the Psalms of David in the Confessions,” Harvard Theological Review 102:4 (2009): 453-479.

“Modalities of Belief in Ancient Christian Controversy,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 17:4 (2009): 605-634.

“Divine Wrath and Human Anger: Embarrassment Ancient and New,” Theological Studies 70:4 (2009): 845-874.

“Expectatio Beatitudinis: The Eschatological Frame of Hilary of Poitier’s Tractatus super Psalmos,” in In the Shadow of the Incarnation: Essays on Jesus Christ in the Early Church, ed. Peter Martens, (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, November, 2008), 50-70.

“Augustine and the Construction of Christian Europe,” in Latineuropa. Latim e cultura neolatina no processo de construção da identidade europeia, eds. Nair Castro Soares, Margarida Miranda, Carlota M. Urbano, (Coimbra: Centro de Estudos Clássicos e Humanísticos, 2008), 15-28.

“Religious Disillusionment and the Cross: An Augustinian Reflection,” Heythrop Journal 48:4 (July, 2007): 577-592.

“‘We Are Your Books’ (Sermo 227): Augustine, the Bible, and the Practice of Authority,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75:2 (June, 2007): 324-352.

“Creation through the Psalms in Augustine’s Enarrationes in Psalmos,” Augustinian Studies 37:2 (2006): 191-218.

“Religious Disillusionment in a Land of Illusions,” in Rahner Beyond Rahner: A Great Theologian Encounters the Pacific Rim, ed. Paul Crowley (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), 101-111.

“An Ecclesiology of Groaning: Augustine, the Psalms, and the Making of Church,” Theological Studies 66:1 (March, 2005): 23-48.