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Jon R. Kirwan, DPhil (Oxon)

Assistant Professor of Dogmatics / Chair of Dogmatics Department / Director of Strategic Planning and Accreditation






M.Ed. – University of Massachusetts – Boston

M.A. (Theology) – Loyola Marymount University

Thesis: “Neoplatonic Spirituality and the Medieval Pilgrim Roads in France”

D.Phil. (Theology) – Oxford University, Blackfriars Hall

Dissertation: “An Avant-Garde Theological Generation: The Fourvière Jesuits from 1920 to 1950 and the ‘Crise Entre Deux Guerres’

Academic Interests

French Catholic thought (1890 to 1970); Fundamental Theology; Vatican II; Thomas Aquinas

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Dr. Kirwan received his doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford.  He is an Assistant Professor of Theology as well as the Director of Strategic Planning and Accreditation.  His doctoral thesis focused on the French mid-century religious crisis between the nouvelle théologie and Neothomism.   

Conference/Workshop Presentations

"Modernism and Ressourcement: The Blondelian Link", Modernism, Christianity, and Apocalypse, University of Bergen, Norway, July 2012.

 "Vatican II and Historiography: Three Interpretations", Vatican II: 50 Years On: The New Evangelization, Leeds Trinity University College, June 2012.

Selected Publications


"Lourdes for Today and Tomorrow", by Jacques Perrier, Religious Studies Review 36, no. 4 (2010): 281.

"Reason Fulfilled by Revelation: The 1930’s Christian Philosophy Debates in France", by Gregory Sadler, New Blackfriars 94, no. 1052 (2013): 488-490.


An Avant-garde Theological Generation: The Nouvelle Théologie and the French Crisis of Modernity (Oxford University Press, March 2018).

A Question of Truth: Key Texts in the Nouvelle Théologie Affair (forthcoming)