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Why Theology at St. Ambrose?


Theology informs almost every aspect of our lives. From deliberations about war and peace to the decisions handed down by the Supreme Court, people's embedded beliefs about God and the world infuse everything they do.

In the Theology Department at SAU, we believe that, as Socrates said, the unexamined life is not worth living. We scrutinize our beliefs, how we come to hold them, and how they interface with a rapidly changing world.

We do this from within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, not out of fear or skepticism, but out of love for God and neighbor.

Recent Scholarship at St. Ambrose

Dr. Lisa PowellDr. Lisa Powell
In the spring of 2015, Powell published "The Infertile Womb of God: Ableism in Feminist Doctrine of God," CrossCurrents Journal 64 No. 1 (Spring 2015): 116-138.

Dr. Micah KielDr. Micah Kiel
Kiel was on sabbatical for the fall of 2015 where he was a resident at the Collegeville Institute. In the fall of 2014, Dr. Kiel published commentaries on the books of Ecclesiastes and Tobit in the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha.

Dr. Matthew J.M. CoomberDr. Matthew Coomber
Coomber is currently writing Amos and Micah Through the Centuries for the Blackwell Bible Commentary Series. In Fall 2014, Dr. Coomber published the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha, with co-editors Gale A. Yee and Hugh R. Page. In addition to his editorial work, Coomber's entries to this volume include "Reading the Old Testament in Ancient and Contemporary Contexts," and commentaries on the books of Jonah and Micah. In the summer of 2015 he published "Occupying the Temple in Ancient Judah: Resisting Debt Abuses, from Jerusalem to Wall Street," in Reading the Bible in an Age of Crisis.

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Father Bud Grant, PhD
In April 2014, Fr. Bud was inducted into the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. Mons. Cesare Pasini presented a medal signifying Fr. Grant's entrance into this prestigious academy. This honor represents Fr. Grant's contributions to the study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, especially through his creation of the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan and his translation of Mons. Pasini's biography of Saint Ambrose, Ambrose of Milan: Deeds and Thoughts of a Bishop 2013.

Bible and Justice Conference

bible and justice conference

The first of its kind at St. Ambrose, scholars, clergy, students, and advocates of justice from around the world gathered at this conference to explore areas pertaining to the Bible and justice: empire, gender, poverty, and the environment.

Keynote Speakers Included: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza of Harvard University, a pioneer in feminist biblical interpretation (keynote speaker); Richard Horsley of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a distinguished professor of liberal arts and the study of religion; Elsa Tamez of Latin American Biblical University, Costa Rica, a Mexican biblical scholar and pioneer of Liberation Theology; and David Horrell of the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, a professor of New Testament Studies.

Study Abroad

ambrose students in athens

Anyone who studies abroad comes back and raves about it: how it changed their life, their outlook on the world, and even what they want to do with their life after college.

When you major in Theology, you can take classwork overseas that's specific to your program. Learn more