"Faith has nothing to fear from Historical Research."
-Pope John Paul II (1999 address)
The Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Theology degree is based upon the Catholic tradition and approaches theology from an historical perspective. This comprehensive way of examining theological issues takes a double thrust, namely studying the issues within their own context of time and place while also relating them to the broad developments within the tradition of Christian theology from the early church to the present day. The program's general aims are:
The doctoral program has three areas of specialization: Early Christianity, Medieval Christianity, Modern Christianity.
Recent Ph.D. graduates (May 2012). Left to right: Dr. Donna Hawk-Reinhard, Rev. Dr. Daniel Handschy, Dr. Hudson Davis