Ph.D. Historical Theology
"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:
- To prepare our students to teach the gamut of Christian History at the undergraduate level;
- To shape new teachers committed to excellence in higher education;
- To form new scholars with exceptional research and communication skills;
- To create a scholarly environment that encourages both faculty and students to publish innovative research in historical theology.
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