Theology

Faith in search of understanding

Study your graduate degree in theology in a distinctive environment. Read core texts, engage in ecumenical seminars and attend theological academic conferences. Share the gift of a rigorous, faithful and well-founded theological education through a career in teaching, research or ministry.

Theology & the Living Tradition 

Theology is 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.  

Engage in the Life of the Church

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 Russian.
  • 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.

 

News

The Idea of Our University

To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.

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To Russia with UD: Faculty to Lead UD's First Tour of Russia

This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."

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Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library Showcases Rare Books Room

No longer relegated to the damp lower level, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's Rare Books Room has for the past two years occupied a prime spot on the second floor, where there used to be study carrels. The room, made of glass walls, is normally locked and only opened by appointment, but on Sept. 26, the library hosted an open house for faculty and staff to come and examine these treasures.

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