Theology Department (Historical Theology)
Mark F. Johnson (Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Toronto , MSL, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies ), specializes in the life and thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, especially his moral thought.
His ongoing research aims towards two books: 1) a monograph called Nature, Grace, Sin, and Glory: The Moral Universe of Thomas Aquinas, which examines Thomas’s moral teaching in its full historical, church law, and theological context—no effort to make his teaching palatable to our philosophy-first world, but rather an account of life and action that seemed natural to Thomas and his world; 2) a critical edition of the early Dominican, Paul of Hungary’s Summa de penitentia, which could well be the first manual of moral theology in the young Dominican Order (produced between 1220–1221 in Bologna). To prepare this edition Dr. Johnson has consulted medieval Latin manuscripts from Dublin to Berlin to Munich to Rome and Monte Cassino.
He has authored over twenty-five articles (e.g., Theological Studies, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Recherches de théologie ancienne et médiévale, The Thomist). Two recent articles are: “A Note on Thomas and the Divine Mercy,” The Thomist 80.3 (2016): 355–362, and “Paul of Hungary’s Summa de penitentia,” in Tristan Sharp et al. (eds.) From Learning to Love: Schools, Law, and Pastoral Care in the Middle Ages. Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2017), pp. 402–418.
Dr. Johnson also currently serves as the University’s Director of Academic Integrity (2018–2021).
- Thomas Aquinas
- Medieval Moral Teaching
- Roman Catholic Moral Theology
Office Hours (online only)- Fall 2020