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Dr. Christopher Malloy

Associate Professor of Theology
Theological Approach

I came to The University of Dallas in 2001 and am daily grateful for the privilege of establishing my profession here. The Constantine College of Liberal Arts at UD is unique. In my opinion, it offers the nation's best Catholic education in the liberal arts. The Core Curriculum is outstanding, and the students have a delightfully inquisitive edge, asking difficult questions as they attempt to integrate their learning from Core classes. They discuss Nietzsche and Augustine, Dante and Homer, Ignatius of Antioch and John Calvin, over coffee at the Cap Bar—even late at night, while snacking in their kitchens. Whether they are Catholic or non-Catholic, whether they are Christian or Jewish or Muslim, whether they are religious or not, they find here a place to discuss, to learn, and to grow.

When they graduate, they wish to act deliberately in life, rather than merely to succeed outwardly while inwardly living in "quiet desperation." This deliberate approach to life sometimes leads to a year or two of post-graduation puzzlement (parents read: uncertainty about what to do; thankfully, UD has recently been developing its Career Services in ways that will lead students to excellent and well-suited employment opportunities. They deserve to be hired well, and they are going to be hired well). Ultimately, a deliberate approach leads not only to virtue but to material success—success in areas that resonate deeply with the graduate's noblest desires.

I approach the theological vocation with the conviction that philosophy and theology, faith and reason, serious intellectual research and fidelity to the full deposit of Catholic faith, work harmoniously toward one end, the contemplation and love of truth. As a teacher, I strive to induct my students into the adventure of the theological enterprise, beginning with a solid foundation in Scripture and Catholic Tradition and culminating in dialogue with contemporary theologies, with other Christian faiths, and with contemporary philosophy.

As a theologian, I specialize in theological anthropology, approached from both Christological and Trinitarian perspectives. I have published on the issue of justification, with particular interest in the contemporary ecumenical dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics. My theological goal is to strike a balance between the rigorous discipline of Thomas Aquinas and the breadth of Catholic Tradition. Following John Paul II's landmark encyclical Fides et ratio, I anchor my theological reflections in philosophical realism and metaphysics. In my opinion, Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas—who also borrowed from the Platonic notion of participation and from classical Roman philosophical sources—provide a reliable foundation for many fundamental matters. However, potentially fruitful philosophical resources for theology are many, ancient and recent. Awareness and appreciation of modern, recent, and contemporary philosophies is pre-requisite to a penetrating grasp of recent theologies and to a fuller exploration of the depositum fidei. Alasdair MacIntyre's work comes to mind as, among other things, a mapping of fruitful avenues divergent traditions might take in responsible discourse. Robert Sokolowski's work comes to mind as enabling theologians to bring to conscious reflection the ways we come at Christian things and the ways they manifest themselves to us. Recent thomistic philosophers are retrieving an Aristotelian-Thomistic approach to metaphysics that responsibly engages recent philosophy, esp. the "onto-theological critiques" of Kant and Heidegger.

Early Christian fathers (especially Irenaeus, Athanasius, and Augustine) guide my search of Scripture and my endeavor to understand the faith. I regularly turn to the helpful fruits of contemporary research on Scripture; these fruits assist me towards an authentic interpretation of Scripture. In accordance with Dei Verbum, I recognize only the Magisterium's interpretations of Scripture and Tradition as both authentic and authoritative. It is my hope that a new and integrated approach to biblical exegesis emerges over the decades to come, an approach (I cannot say 'method') that would wed the wisdom of the patristic and medieval commentaries to the linguistic, historical, and hermeneutical advances of contemporary scholarship. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict XVI, has called for such integration.

With respect to theologians, I specialize in the thought of Thomas Aquinas. Among other classic theologians of chief interest to me are the Greek Fathers, Augustine, Bonaventure, John Duns Scotus, and Matthias Scheeben. I study the works of recent Catholic thinkers such as Hans Urs von Balthasar, Karl Rahner, John Paul II, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, and others noted above. I also appreciate the works of Romanian Orthodox theologian Dumitru Staniloae and the Finnish school of Luther research.


Ph.D. Theology; Minor in Philosophy (Catholic University of America; May 2001)

M.A. Theology (Catholic University of America; May 1995)

B.A. Theology; Second Major in Philosophy (University of Notre Dame; May 1992)


Reading knowledge in German, French, Medieval Latin, and New Testament Greek

Academic Appointments and Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of Theology (The University of Dallas; 2007–current)

Acting Chair of Theology (The University of Dallas; Fall 2009 – Spring 2010)

Assistant Professor of Theology (The University of Dallas; 2001–2007)

Research Grants

Honorarium and Travel Expenses: The 35th Annual Symposium on The Lutheran Confessions: Justification in a Contemporary Context (Concordia Theological Seminary; Fort Wayne, IN; January 18-20, 2012)

Honorarium: Conference "Nature as Norm" (St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St. Paul, MN; June 2011)

Summer Research Grant (The University of Dallas; 2011)

Honorarium and Travel Expenses: Fides et Ratio Reading Seminar (Notre Dame; July 2010)

Honorarium and Expenses: "Examination of the Joint Declaration" (Cathedral of St. Paul; April 2009)

Honorarium and Expenses: "Conferences on Martin Luther" (Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, NB; December 2008)

Summer Research Grant (The University of Dallas; 2008)

Summer Research Grant (The University of Dallas; 2006)

Honorarium and expenses: Lecture (Franciscan University; March 2006)

Honorarium: Paper for "Habits of Mind" Seminar (University of St. Thomas, MN; July 2005)

Honorarium and expenses: Paper for Metaphysics Colloquium (St. Anselm's College; June 2005)

Summer Research Grant (The University of Dallas; 2004)

Summer Research Grant (The University of Dallas; 2002)



"Love of God for His Own Sake and Love of Beatitude: Heavenly Charity According to Thomas Aquinas" (May 2001)


Engrafted into Christ: A Critique of the Joint Declaration (New York: Peter Lang, 2005). Available through


"De Lubac on Natural Desire: Difficulties and Antitheses" Nova et vetera 9 (2011): 567–624.

"Figurative and Properly Literal Discourse in Scripture and Theology," chap. 8, Reason and the Rule of Faith: Conversations in the Tradition with John Paul II, ed. Steven Long and Christopher Thompson (University Press of America, 2011), pp. 101–117.

"Sola salus, Or Fides caritate formata: The Premised Promise of Luther's Dilemma" Fides Catholica 2 (2008): 375–432.

"'Subsistit in': Non-exclusive Identity or Full Identity?" The Thomist 72 (2008): 1–44.  An abbreviated version published in German translation: "Subsitit in: Nichtexklusive Identität oder vollständige Identität?" Forum Katholische Theologie 26 (2010): 241–274.

"Marian Coredemption and the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification," in Mary at the Foot of the Cross – VIII: Acts of the Eighth International Symposium on Marian Coredemption (New Bedford, MA: Academy of the Immaculate, 2008), pp. 351–409. Book includes chapters by Timothy Noone, Brunero Gherardini, and Enrique Llamas, OCD.

"Thomas on the Order of Love and Desire: A Development," The Thomist 71 (2007): 65–87.

"Participation and Theology: A Response to Schindler's 'What's the Difference?'" Nova et Vetera 5 (2007): 619–46. First Published in St. Anselm Journal 2005.

"The Nature of Justifying Grace: A Lacuna in the Joint Declaration," The Thomist 65 (2001): 93–120.

Book Reviews

Review of Analogia Entis: On the Analogy of Being, Metaphysics, and the Act of Faith by Steven A. Long (Notre Dame Press, 2011). American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 87 (2013): 556–60.

Review of Justification as Argued by Newman by Stanley Jaki (Real View Books, 2007). The Thomist 74 (2010): 318–322.

Review of The Word Has Dwelt Among Us by Guy Mansini (Sapientia Press, 2008). Forthcoming Nova et Vetera 8 (2010): 999–1004.

Love of Self and Love of God in 13th Century Ethics by Thomas Osborne (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005). American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 83:4 (2009).

Mary, "Mediatress of Grace." Mary's Universal Mediation of Grace in the Theological and Pastoral Works of Cardinal Mercier. Supplement of "Mary at the Foot of the Cross" IV by Manfred Hauke (New Bedford, MA: Academy of the Immaculate, 2004), pp. 183. In Nova et Vetera (English edition), vol. 5, no. 1 (Winter 2007): 225–27.

Retracing Reality: A Philosophical Itinerary, by Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P., trans. Dominique F. Peridans (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1999), in Nova et Vetera 1 (2003): 234–237.


Manfred Hauke, "Mary's Motherly Mediation in Christ: A Systematic Reflection," Nova et Vetera (Forthcoming). Translation of "Die mütterliche Mittlerschaft Mariens in Christum: Eine Systematische Besinnung," in A. Von Stockhausen et al, eds., Die Stellung der Gottesmutter in der Welt- und Heilsgeschichte (Weilheim-Bierbronnen, 2008).


"A Catholic Perspective on the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" at The 35th Annual Symposium on The Lutheran Confessions: Justification in a Contemporary Context (Concordia Theological Seminary; Fort Wayne, IN; January 18-20, 2012)

"Trinitarian Theology in Interreligious Dialogue" at "Nature as Norm" (St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity; June, 2011)

"Ut Digni Efficiamur promissionibus Christi: Aquinas on Hope as Ecumenical Bridge" (Kalamazoo; May, 2009)

"An Examination of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" (For "The Year of St. Paul" at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul, MN; April 2009). I presented a Catholic perspective, and Robert Jenson presented a Lutheran perspective.

Conferences on Martin Luther (Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, NB; December 2008)

"Marian Coredemption and the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" (8th International Symposium on Marian Coredemption; sponsored by Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate; Fatima, Portugal; July 2007)

"Charity in Aquinas: An Aporia?" (Kalamazoo; May 2007)"The Loss of God in Modernity: Did De Lubac Go Far Enough?" (Modernity: Yearning for the Infinite; sponsored by Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture; November 2006)

"Charity and Justification" (Franciscan University of Steubenville; March 2006)

"Charity and the Nature of Catholic Ecumenism: A Response to Bruce Marshall" (University of Dallas; February 2006)

"Towards a Moment of Integrated Discourse: A Query" (Habits of Mind; sponsored by Center for Catholic Studies; The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota; July 14–17, 2005)

"Participation and Theology" (Metaphysics Colloquium; sponsored by the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies; Saint Anselm College; June 15–16, 2005)

Classes Taught

B.A. Level

Understanding the Bible (Theo 1310); Western Theological Tradition (Theo 2311); Systematic Theology I (Theo 3331); Systematic Theology II (Theo 3332); Moral Theology (Theo 3341, co-taught); Christian Anthropology (Theo 4333); Triune God (Theo 4331); Thesis Direction, 4348

M.A. Level

Philosophical Resources for Theology (Theo 5319); On the One God (Theo 5355); Triune God (Theo 6332); Anthropology and Eschatology (Theo 6335); Fundamental Moral Theology (Theo 6341, co-taught); Theology of Thomas Aquinas (Theo 6377); Aquinas on Charity and Happiness (Theo 6377); Justification (Theo 6377); Directed Readings on Aquinas (Theo 6351); Thesis Direction (Theo 7678)

Ph.D. Level

Augustine and Aquinas, (Philosophy 8326)

Professional Activities

Associate editor and peer reviewer (Nova et Vetera, 2002–)

Ad hoc peer reviewer for The Thomist (2006–)

Ad hoc book reviewer for Catholic University of America Press (2007–)

Professional Organizations

Catholic Theological Society of America (2001–2010)

American Academy of Religion (2001–2002; 2005–2009)

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (2005–current)

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