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Theology Bridging Traditions, Cultures and Disciplines

The Theology Department at Marquette University seeks to bridge traditions, cultures and disciplines from the perspective of a Catholic and Jesuit University rooted in its own tradition, but in dialogue with other Christian communities and religious faiths. The task of theology today is to bring a faith perspective grounded in the great tradition of the Gospel into dialogue with our contemporary world. This requires both a deep knowledge of the Gospel and the tradition that has thought deeply on that message as well as a keen awareness of the world in which we live.

Why Theology and Religion?

Explore Theology and Religion as a major, or as a double-major for health professionals, legal professionals, or social welfare and justice.

Learn more here or contact Dr. Conor Kelly, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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Dr. Kate Ward, assistant professor of theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed how Fratelli tutti offers hope and guidance for Catholic Higher Education institutions in their approach to student recruitment and enrollment. “I think the first thing that means is that Catholic colleges need to keep working to enroll a diverse student body, an economically diverse student body, and to be places where all types of differences among students can be owned and celebrated,” Ward said. “Instead of being seen as a charity model or place where one type of student is coming into a space controlled by others, it can really be a space where it’s clear that every type of student belongs here.” Story appeared in the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities newsletter, Dec. 20, 2020

Dr. Conor M. Kelly, assistant professor of theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, wrote a column about how the video streaming era is negatively impacting free time. “Television is an intrinsically passive medium, which means it can never generate what psychologists deem an ‘optimal experience’—the state of enjoyment that emerges when an activity perfectly balances our skills with the challenges of the task at hand,” Kelly said. “Worse, watching TV not only prevents us from achieving this optimal state in the moment, but (also) can leave us less interested in finding a pathway to it once the screen is off. Television thus colonizes our free time, leaving little room for the truly fulfilling pursuits that leisure can afford in other circumstances.” Column appeared in America Magazine, Dec. 17, 2020

Rev. John D. Laurance, S.J., associate professor emeritus of theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed the history of Saint Nicholas Day. Father Laurance said the loss of Nicholas' parents naturally gave Nicholas a softness for children. "He was a father to his flock, and took care of orphans,” Laurance said. “He was especially good to poor families.” Story appeared on CNN, Dec. 6, 2020