The field of theology involves the self-understandings of faith and practice in historical, contemporary and comparative contexts. The faculty at Harvard has particular strength in Christianity, comparative theology and modern religious thought. Special attention is given to: analyses of the contexts, constraints, methods and genres of theological reflection; relationships among religious traditions; and modern critiques of religion.

Recent and current dissertation topics include:

  • The Ladder of Thorns: Søren Kierkegaard on the Varieties of Suffering
  • The Doctrine of the Soul’s Immortality in Sixteenth-Century German Lutheran Theology
  • Perceiving Splendor: The “Doctrine of the Spiritual Senses” in Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theological Aesthetics
  • Leaning over the Abyss: Raissa Maritain (1883-1960) and the French Catholic Revival
  • Cosmic Theodicy: Origen on the Problem of Evil
  • The Humanity of Christ in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics
  • Hume and Hope: A Study in David Hume’s Philosophy of Religion
  • The Workshop of Being: A Comparative Study of Jonathan Edwards and William James
  • Between Irony and Witness: Kierkegaard’s Poetics of Faith, Hope and Love
  • Veiled and Unveiled Others: Revisiting Karl Barth’s Gender Trouble
  • THOU ART On Representation of the Word and the Incarnation of the Human Subject: A Christological Aesthetics
  • The Subject of Emancipation: Critique, Reason and Religion in the Thought of Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Paul Tillich
  • The Frail Agony of Grace: Story, Act, and Sacrament in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy