Weekly Non-Credit Course: "Who Do You Say That I Am? Visions of Christ in the Christian Tradition"

Mar 5, 2019
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Paul Mankowski, SJLumen Christi Institute

Fr. Don Senior, CPCatholic Theological Union

Fr. Andrew LiaugminasCalvert House Catholic Center

Cameron FergusonUniversity of Chicago

Scott D. MoringielloDePaul University

Rachel Fulton BrownUniversity of Chicago

Bernard McGinnUniversity of Chicago


6:00 Dinner | 6:30 Lecture

This weekly non-credit course is open to current students and faculty. Registrants are free to attend as many sessions as they choose. Sessions do not presuppose previous attendance or prior knowledge of the subject.

"But what about you? Who you say that I am?" (Lk 9.20) The Christian tradition arose in response to the question of the person of Jesus Christ, and in every generation Christians have struggled, debated, and developed answers to that question. This course will feature a selection of biblical, ancient, and medieval Christian thinkers who gave distinctive and highly influential answers to this question. The texts of the New Testament itself present Jesus Christ in various modes and forms, and early Christians struggled to articulate Christ's humanity, divinity, incarnation, and his response to the question of evil.

Language, Truth & Logos
January 15  |  Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ (Lumen Christi Institute)

The Gospel of Mark
January 22   |   Fr. Don Senior, CP (Catholic Theological Union)

January 29   |   Fr. Andrew Liaugminas (Calvert House Catholic Center)

Letter to the Hebrews
February 5   |   Cameron Ferguson (University of Chicago)

Irenaeus of Lyon
February 12   |   Scott Moringiello (DePaul University)

February 19   |   Scott Moringiello (DePaul University)

Mary, Mother of God
February 26   |   Rachel Fulton Brown (University of Chicago)

Julian of Norwich
March 5   |   Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago)


Paul Mankowski, SJ, is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi InstituteA native of South Bend, Indiana, and a member of the Society of Jesus, he has an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Oxford, and a PhD in Semitic Philology from Harvard University. He taught for many years at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and has published in the areas of language, theology, and the biblical text.

Fr. Donald Senior, CP, is President Emeritus, Chancellor, and Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union. He holds an STL and and STD from the University of Louvain, Belgium. His work has focused on the study and interpretation of the Gospels, the Pauline literature, 1 Peter, and New Testament archaeology.  He is author of several books, including The Gospel of Matthew at the Crossroads of Christianity and Why The Cross?; is editor of  The Catholic Study Bible (3rd Edition); and is General Editor of a new edition of the Jerome Biblical Commentary. Fr. Senior is a Passionist priest, belonging to a religious community that was one of the founding members of CTU.

Fr. Andrew Liaugminas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Director and Chaplain of Calvert House. After his ordination to the priesthood in 2010, Fr. Liaugminas served as the Associate Pastor of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge, Illinois, before being assigned to doctoral studies in Rome in 2013. He completed his doctoral studies in Dogmatic Theology in Rome, focusing on the Christology of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar, with an emphasis on the relationship of their christological thought to the theology of the Fourth Gospel.

Cameron Ferguson recieved his PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He holds a BA and MA from the University of Minnesota, and his research focuses on New Testament and early Christian literature, specifically the influence of Paul on the synoptic Gospel authors.

Scott D. Moringiello is Assistant Professor in the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he teaches classes on Catholic theology and religion and literature. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an MPhil from the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Philosophy and Classics from Williams College. His research interest include religious themes in contemporary literature and the history of biblical exegesis.

Rachel Fulton Brown is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on the intellectual and cultural history of Europe in the Middle Ages, with particular emphasis on the history of Christianity and monasticism in the Latin West. She is author of From Judgment to Passion: Devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary 800-1200, History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person, and Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought.

Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School and the Committees on Medieval Studies and on General Studies at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively about the history of apocalyptic thought, spirituality, and mysticism. McGinn's many books include Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with EvilThe Presence of Goda multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism, and most recently Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae: A Biography.