The Theology major at Bellarmine University probes the ultimate questions of our existence: What is the meaning and purpose of life? What are our obligations to God and to each other? Theology majors will explore these issues through the study of theology, comparative religions, spirituality, morality, and social justice. Students will develop their communication and critical thinking skills. A Theology major provides the student with a sound liberal arts background.
Rich Setting for Theological Study
Louisville is the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville and the national center for the Presbyterian Church USA. The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary are close to the Bellarmine campus, and St. Meinrad School of Theology and Benedictine Abbey is in the region. The Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption houses the Cathedral Heritage Foundation which sponsors the annual Festival of Faiths, a nationally recognized celebration of religious diversity and theological thought. The Bellarmine Theology Department sponsors an annual lecture or event aimed at bringing recognized scholars to the area. There are ample opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and for theological and spiritual growth in the area.
Bellarmine University houses the International Thomas Merton Center, which maintains the complete collection of the writings and work of and about Thomas Merton and makes it available to visiting scholars. The Abbey at Gethsemani, where Merton lived and worked, is a short distance from Louisville. The Theology Department offers immersion learning experiences through theology courses periodically held at the Abbey.
Upcoming Events Related to the Theology Department
October 3, 2013 – Dr. Diana Hayes, emerita professor of systemic theology at Georgetown University, will give a public lecture entitled “Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: The Making of a Catholic Womanist Theologian. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Frazier Hall.
October 3-5, 2013 – The Department of Theology, Master of Arts in Spirituality, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences will be hosting the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.
October 6, 2013 – Sister Simone Campbell, organizer of Nuns on the Bus, will be speaking from 2:00-4:30 pm in Frazier Hall on "Envisioning a Just Church for the 21st Century." This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the Alliance of Louisville Laity and the Department of Theology.
October 23, 2013 – Our Annual Vernon Robertson Lecture will be held at 7:00 PM in Hilary's on Bellarmine's Campus. Pamela Eisenbaum will be speaking on “Saving the Gentiles: The Mission and Message of the Apostle Paul.” One of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools, Pamela Eisenbaum is Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context, Invitation to Romans and most recently, Paul Was Not a Christian. She is a contributor to the Women’s Bible Commentary and the Jewish Annotated New Testament, and has published many essays on the Bible, ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity. Two of her greatest professional passions are the apostle Paul and ancient manuscripts. In addition to her appointment at Iliff, she is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. The event is free and open to the public.
Careers in Theology
Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Ph.D, Chair (email) (Full Profile)
J. Milburn Thompson, Ph.D (email) (Full Profile)
Clyde Crews, Ph.D, University Historian and Archival Coordinator
Joseph Flipper (email)
Gregory K. Hillis, Ph.D (email) (Full Profile)
George A. Kilcourse, Ph.D (email)
Deborah Prince, Ph.D (email)
Brief Faculty Profiles
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