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Dr. John E. Thiel

Professor of Religious Studies
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 204
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Dr. John E. Thiel is Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University where he has taught for 43 years.  He served as Chair of the Religious Studies Department for 12 years and as Director of the University Honors Program for 18 years.  He is the author of 6 books, including Senses of Tradition: Continuity and Development in Catholic Faith (Oxford University Press, 2000) and God, Evil, and Innocent Suffering (Crossroad, 2002).  His most recent book, Icons of Hope: The “Last Things” in Catholic Imagination (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), was awarded first place in the “Theology” category of the 2014 Catholic Press Association book competition, and received the 2014 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award for the best book on Theology published by faculty members in Jesuit colleges and universities in the past three years.  His articles have appeared in Theological Studies, Modern Theology, The Heythrop Journal, New Theology Review, Horizons, Philosophy and Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, The Month, and Commonweal.  He was elected to honorary membership in Phi Beta Kappa and to membership in the New Haven Theological Discussion Group in 1995, and in 2006 to membership in the American Theological Society where he currently serves as Program Chair and on the Board of Directors. He serves as editorial consultant for the Jesuit-sponsored journal Theological Studies. Twice a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Thiel served in 2011-12 as President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the largest professional society of theologians in the world.  In spring 2019, he was Visiting Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University.

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