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

Alumni Reimagine Education for Boys

Peter Searby, BA '01, feels that modern schools -- with a scarcity of opportunities for children to work with their hands and use their imaginations to explore their worlds -- are doing boys in particular a disservice. From this recognized deficiency, Searby conceived the idea for Riverside Center for Imaginative Learning. Also finding the education of boys to be a primary concern, Daniel Kerr, BA '03, opened St. Martin's Academy, a Catholic boys' boarding high school in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 2018.

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Crowley Trio: An Evening of Beauty

In an intimate gathering at the Museum of Biblical Art in February, UD celebrated the inaugural Crowley Chamber Trio Concert, "Music in the Museum," the first of three concerts that took place this spring. The opening performance rekindled the university's popular Crowley concerts, which first took breath more than two decades ago.

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Professor Applies Lessons Learned from Autistic Sons to All Life

Former Affiliate Assistant Professor of Spanish Nicole (Hammerschmidt) Lasswell, BA '03, and her husband, Martin, have two sons, Will and Stevie, both of whom have autism. For World Autism Awareness Day, the family was interviewed on Telemundo; because the boys are thriving, it seemed particularly important to the Lasswells to share their story and their hope with others.

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