Theology Department in the News

Recently in the News...

  • Mark Johnson, associate professor of theology, has been appointed the next director of academic integrity. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto and has been on the faculty in the Theology Department since 1996. His area of research is medieval theology, and St. Thomas Aquinas in particular. Story appeared in Marquette Today, April 26, 2018.
  • Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology, discussed the Quran at the National Muslim and Catholic Dialogue meeting in Illinois. “The questions that the Quran starts with or seems to be addressing are ‘How do we coexist with those that are different?’” Omar said. Story appeared on the Catholic News Service, March 13, 2018.
  • Kate Ward and Conor Kelly, both assistant professors of theology, were invited to speak at a series of meetings between theologians and bishops discussing Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on family life, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ February 12, 2018. The conference was led by a team of seven theologians and 47 U.S. Catholic bishops from across the U.S. Meetings took place over several days at Boston College, the University of Notre Dame and Santa Clara University. Marquette University was the only institution with two faculty members invited to speak.

    Dr. Kate Ward is a scholar of Christian ethics whose research focuses on economic ethics, virtue ethic and ethical method. Ward spoke on the working and economically poor classes in relation to ‘Amoirs Laetitia.’ Dr. Conor Kelly is a Catholic theological ethicist who works at the intersection of fundamental moral theology and applied ethics. Kelly focused his speech on the reception of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in the universal church. Story appeared in Marquette Today, March 7, 2018.

  • Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology, discussed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his version of Christian environmentalism. “Pruitt’s interpretation [of ‘dominion’] is not ‘theological’ per se—not a reflection based on biblical scholars’ findings that result from using exegetical methods of interpretation to try to come as close as possible to the meaning intended when written.” Story appeared on The New Republic, Feb. 27, 2018.
  • Ulrich Lehner, professor of theology, discussed the themes and title of his book “God Is Not Nice.” “’Nice’ is an adjective that describes some vague and superficial pleasantness,” Ulrich said. “If God exists, he is goodness, beauty, and truth — but not ‘nice.’” Story appeared in the National Review, Feb. 17, 2018.