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Lisa Radakovich Holsberg

Lisa Radakovich Holsberg


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Lisa Radakovich Holsberg is a Lecturer in the Department of Theology at Fordham University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Historical Theology after completing her M.A. in Systematic Theology at The Union Theological Seminary in New York. A dedicated instructor, Dr. Holsberg teaches the first year Theology course Faith and Critical Reason as well as Christian Mystical Texts, Great Christian Hymns, American Religious Texts and Traditions, and others at Fordham Colleges Rose Hill and Lincoln Center and at the Fordham School for Professional and Continuing Studies. Her research interests focus on religious-philosophical questions of creativity and the arts, modernity and crisis, ecumenism, gender, and pedagogy. 

Dr. Holsberg came to her theological studies from a professional career in the performing arts. She earned several degrees in music performance and education and has served on the music faculties of Long Island University, Nyack College Manhattan, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Her 9/11 music peace project, Race for the Sky, can be found at


Ph.D., Fordham University (Historical Theology)

M.A., The Union Theological Seminary in New York (Systematic Theology)

M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University (Music and Music Education)

M.F.A., University of California, Irvine (Fine Arts)

B.Mus., University of California, Irvine (Vocal Performance)

Rotary Foundation International Scholar, Hull University, UK (Music and Poetry of the Elizabethan Renaissance)

Research Interests

Creativity and Aesthetics (Theological, Philosophical, and Artistic); Spiritual Anthropology; Religion and Modernity; Religion and Gender; Mysticism; Ecumenism; Pedagogy (Transformative, Critical, Constructive, Ignatian); Sound Studies.


“Creativity and Holiness: Étienne Gilson and Nikolai Berdyaev,” The Wheel (Fall 2018) Issue 15.

“Of Gods and Men (and Music) in Clement of Alexandria’s ProtrepticusStudia Patristica LXXV, Volume 5, Peeters Publishing (Dec 2017).

“Decreation and the Creative Act: Simone Weil and Nikolai Berdyaev” in ed. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone, Simone Weil and Continental Philosophy. Reframing Continental Philosophy of Religion series, Rowman and Littlefield International (Nov 2017).

“A Simple Tune: Contemporary Chant Settings of Byzantine Poetry” in Church Music and Icons: Windows to Heaven: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, Joensuu, Finland. International Society of Orthodox Church Music Publications (June 2015).

“Understanding Artistic Creativity through the Aesthetics of Jacques Maritain,” Cithara (Nov 2013). Vol. 53, No. 1.

“Beauty and the Unceasing Movement of Desire in St. Gregory of Nyssa’s On the Life  of Moses” in ed. J.A. McGuckin, The Concept of Beauty in Patristic and Byzantine Theology. Theotokos Press (2012); 2nd edition Scholars Press (2014).