Rev. Joseph G. Mueller, S.J., S.T.D.
Joseph G. Mueller, S.J. (S.T.D., Centre Sèvres, Paris, 2005), [Systematics/Ethics], specializes in ecclesiology and early Christian theology, especially the Church order literature of the first five centuries and its Old Testament exegesis. His book, L'Ancien Testament dans l'ecclésiologie des Pères: Une lecture des Constitutions apostoliques, was published by Brepols in February 2005. He has recently published articles on priests in antiquity and early Christianity and presbyters in antiquity and early Christianity, both for Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum, as well as an article on the Christology and fundamental theology in the first volume of Benedict XVI’s trilogy on Jesus, for Nova et Vetera. Forthcoming articles engage the following topics: the Trinitarian theology of the Apostolic Constitutions (in press for Studia patristica), marriage and family in the church order literature, and a response to the recent Catholic-Pentecostal dialogue statement on charismatic gifts. He is working on a book-length treatment of the ancient Church order tradition. He plans on doing further study of why Christian ministers were called priests in the ancient Church, and he is interested in pursuing work on a theology of Church institutions. From 2008 until 2015 he worked as a member of the team representing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ. He has taught the master’s-level introduction to systematic theology and doctoral courses on Augustine’s De Trinitate, on eschatology, and on fundamental theology, and he has directed research into early Christian ecclesiology.
- Systematic Theology
- Early Christian Ecclesiology
Because Marquette is a Catholic university, its Theology Department plays an essential role in the University’s mission. I teach and research theology because I am convinced that God has sent me to do this through my religious superiors for the purpose of serving the Church. I have studied ecclesiology because a deeper understanding of it will help the Christian churches to deepen their union. I have studied the Fathers of the Church because I have always found in them a freshness, spark, and wisdom that inspire me to love more passionately the Christian way and because I think that presenting the Fathers to others can help them also to this greater love. God has worked powerfully through my teachers to bring me closer to his way, and I wish to be such an instrument for the good of others. My work contributes to what I see as the unique character and work of Marquette's Theology Department in at least these four ways. First, to the extent that there is a Jesuit manner of being a theologian, I incarnate this manner in part. Second, my work in ecclesiology contributes to the ecumenical orientation of the Department and to its expertise in ecclesiology. Third, my assignment to the systematic section of the Department and my familiarity with and love for the earlier witnesses of our tradition contribute to our Department's orientation toward a unified cultivation of theology as a discipline straddling the fault lines of American specialized study. I can in this way also contribute to our department's rootedness in the catholic tradition, even in its consideration of the most contemporary issues. Fourth, my collaboration with scholars in Canada, Europe, and the Near East contributes to the international reach that our department prizes.
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