Theology is "faith in search of understanding," that is to say, a faithful listening
to and systematic, methodical articulation of the message of the Word of God revealed
by deeds and words. This revelation began in Israel, culminated in Jesus Christ, himself
both the mediator and sum total of Revelation, and, through him, was transmitted in
the living tradition of the Church.
The Department of Theology offers two graduate degrees: a Master of Arts in Theology
(M.A.) for students preparing for a career in college teaching and research, and a
Master in Theology (M.Th.) for students interested in pursuing higher education in
theology for other purposes.
Il Gesu, Rome. 16th Century. Architects: Vignola & della Porta.
Recent and Current Programs
The Department of Theology continually involves itself in academic programs and endeavors
aimed at enriching the life of both the University community as well as the Church.
Some of the current programs and past projects include:
- Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity Co-founded by UD theology
professor Fr. David Balas, this ecumenical seminar meets four times a year and offers
papers primarily on first and second century Christianity.
- International Bible Commentary Dr. William Farmer, a research scholar at UD, guided
the publication of this one volume, Catholic, ecumenical commentary. Scholars from
six continents contributed to this publication, which has recently been translated
into Spanish and Dutch and will soon be translated into Italian, French, German, and
- Conference on Anti-Judaism in the Gospels Organized by UD's theology department, this
national conference brought Jewish and Christian scholars to the university for an
interfaith discussion on the question of the portrayal of Judaism in the Gospels.
- Conference on the Eucharist Gathering speakers from all over the country, the University
of Dallas theology department hosted this ecumenical scholars' conference to discuss
the notion of sacrifice in the Eucharist.
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