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Dr. John F. Boyle

Professor, Catholic Studies and Theology; Chair, Catholic Studies; Associate Editor, LOGOS
Office
Sitzmann Hall 204
Phone
(651) 962-5714

Academic History

A.B., Highest Honors, Religion and History, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1980
M.A., Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 1981
M.S.L. [Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies], magna cum laude, sectio theologica, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Ontario, 1985
Ph.D., Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 1989

Expertise

Theology in the Middle Ages
Thomas Aquinas
Thomas More

Other Professional Activities

Senior Fellow, Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas, 2007-present.
Associate Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture
Member of the editorial board of the Thomas Aquinas in Translation series for the Catholic University of America Press
Member of editorial board for the Theology and Law Series, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Publications, Toronto

Awards & Honors

1995 University of St. Thomas Distinguished Educator of the Year

1997-98 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

2013 Aquinas Medalist, University of Dallas

Publications

Books:

Master Thomas Aquinas and the Fullness of Life, Dallas Aquinas Lecture Series 1 (South Bend, IN.: St. Augustine’s Press, 2014).

Editor with L. E. Boyle of Thomas Aquinas, Lectura romana in primum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2006).  The critical Latin edition of Thomas Aquinas' recently discovered second commentary on Book I of Peter Lombard's Liber sententiarum.

Selected Essays:

“Aquinas on the Procession of the Holy Spirit,” in Matthew L. Lamb, ed., Theology Needs Philosophy (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2016), 202-208.

“St. Thomas Aquinas on Creation, Processions, and the Preposition per,” Quaestiones Disputatae 6 (2015), 90-101.

“Thomas More as Theologian in his Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation,” Moreana 52 (2015), 11-24.

"On the Relation of St. Thomas's Commentary on Romans to the Summa theologiae" in Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012), pp. 75 - 82.

"Aquinas' Lost Roman Commentary: an historical detective story" in Thomas Aquinas: Teacher and Scholar: The Aquinas Lectures at Maynooth, Volume 2: 2009 - 2010 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012), pp. 71 - 84.

"Analogy, Necessity, and an Editor’s Anxiety" in Reason and the Rule of Faith: Conversations in the Tradition with John Paul II (Lanham: University Press of America, 2011), 55-62.

"Thomas Aquinas and his Lectura romana in primum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi" in Mediaeval Commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, vol. 2 (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 149-73.

St. Thomas Aquinas on the Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction)” in Rediscovering Aquinas and the Sacraments: Studies in Sacramental Theology (Chicago: Hillenbrand Books, 2009), 76-84.

Counsel, Comfort, and Conscience in More's Letters to Fellow Prisoner Nicholas W‌ilson‌,” Moreana 46, n. 176 (2009), 49-64. 

The Analogy of ‘Homo’ and ‘Deus',” Nova et Vetera 6 (2008), 663-67.

“The Reading of Scripture in Thomas More’s Dialog Concerning Heresies” Thomas More Studies 3 (2008), published online at: http://www.thomasmorestudies.org/tmstudies/DCH_Boyle.pdf.

"Aquinas' Roman Commentary on Peter Lombard," Anuario Filosofico 39 (2006), 477-96.

"Authorial Intention and the divisio textus," in Reading John with St. Thomas Aquinas: Theological Exegesis and Speculative Theology (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2005), 3-8.

"The Theological Character of the Scholastic 'Division of the Text' with Particul‌ar Reference to the Commentaries of Saint Thomas Aquinas," in With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 276-83.

Introduction to new edition of Christopher DawsonMedieval Essays, part of the Collected Works of Christopher Dawson (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2002), vii-xviii.

"St. Thomas Aquinas and the analogy of potentia generandi," The Thomist 64 (2000), 581-92.

"The Two-fold Division of St. Thomas' Christology in the tertia par," The Thomist 60 (1996), 439-447.

"The Ordering of Trinitarian Teaching in Thomas Aquinas' Second Commentary on Lombard's Sentences," Recherches de Théologie ancienne et médiévale, Supplementa 1 (1995), 125-36.

"Thomas Aquinas and Sacred Scripture," Pro Ecclesia 4 (1995), 92-104.

"Is the tertia pars of the Summa theologiae misplaced?" in Proceedings of the PMR Conference 18 (1993-1994), 103-109.

Selected Presentations

"Master Thomas Aquinas and the Fullness of Life," Aquinas Medal Lecture, University of Dallas, January 29, 2013

"St. Thomas Aquinas and Sacred Scripture," Aquinas Lecture, Notre Dame Major Seminary, New Orleans, April 8, 2011

"St. Thomas Aquinas and Sacred Scripture," St. Thomas Day Lecture at Thomas Aquinas College, January 28, 2011

"Aquinas' Lost Roman Commentary: An Historical Detective Story," The Annual Aquinas Lecture, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, March 21, 2006

"Aquinas' Roman Commentary on Peter Lombard," Plenary address at the XLIII Navarre Philosophical Meeting, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, April 25-27, 2005

"Religion, Utopia, and The City of God" at the Thomas More Conference sponsored by the Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas, November 5-6, 2004

"Chesterton's St. Thomas Aquinas" at the Twenty-first Annual G. K. Chesterton Conference, University of St. Thomas, June 14, 2002

"Thomas Aquinas' Understanding of the 'Intention' of Biblical Authors," at "Religious Thought and Action in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: A Symposium in Honor of Marcia L. Colish" at Oberlin College, May 12, 2001

"Josef Pieper's On Hope," the Steven Kostick Memorial Lecture, University of St. Thomas, 1999

"Theology as the Perfection of the Sciences According to St. Thomas Aquinas," 19th International Conference on Patristic, Mediaeval, and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, 1994

"Richard of St. Victor's Response to Andrew of St. Victor on the Literal Sense of Scripture," International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 1984

Professional Memberships

Medieval Academy of America 

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 301 - D01 The Catholic Vision M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

40855 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John F. Boyle

At the center of the Catholic vision are the two great works of divine love: creation and redemption. This course considers the implications of these divine works for a radical reconsideration of the world and the human person. Students will examine characteristic Catholic approaches to and emphases concerning creation, redemption and ecclesiology, and discuss how Catholic understandings of creation and redemption inform, respond to, and critique Catholic practices in various cultural settings. In addition, the course will compare and contrast contemporary Catholic cultural monuments with that produced in earlier eras, and compare and contrast Catholic Christianity with other forms of Christian and non-Christian belief and practices. In illustrating its themes, the course draws upon sources in art, literature, history, philosophy, and theology with special attention given to the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural consequences of Catholic doctrine. Prerequisites: Junior standing and CATH 101 and 201

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 101 - PL1 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

40276 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John F. Boyle

This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 101 - PL2 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

40277 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John F. Boyle

This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 297 - 01 Culture, Virtue, Incarnation - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

22371 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John F. Boyle, Michael C. Becker

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 591 - 01 Thomas More - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S B10

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

55S B10

Course Registration Number:

22509 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John F. Boyle

Thomas More was the exemplary renaissance man: a scholar, lawyer, and statesman of wit and humor dedicated to his wife and children. He held political office second in power only to the king whom he served faithfully and at whose orders he was beheaded. The Catholic Church has declared him a martyr. His is certainly a remarkable life, and it has a substantial paper trail. We will read a number of his major works as well as study his life with the goal of determining if and how he achieved such a remarkable integration of thought and life. The readings may include More’s two great political works, the enigmatic Utopia, and his History of King Richard III, which so influenced Shakespeare’s play; his Dialog concerning Heresies in defense of the Catholic Church against the emerging protestant reformers; and, from his imprisonment in the Tower of London, the Dialog of Comfort in Tribulation and his prison letters.

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