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Kevin M. Clarke, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture


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Ave Maria University, Ph.D., major: Biblical Theology, minor: Systematic Theology summa cum laude

Dissertation title: Nature’s Innovation and Preservation in Christ: Maximus the Confessor’s Exegesis at Christology’s Crossroads

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Master of Arts, Theology and Christian Ministry, specialization: catechetics

Roanoke College, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, concentration: human development 

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Dr. Kevin Clarke is Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, Calif., where he teaches Scripture and patristics. He is a scholar of Biblical Theology and Patrology (the study of the Church Fathers) whose research focuses primarily upon patristic readings of Scripture. His Ph.D. dissertation under the direction of Dr. Michael Waldstein focused on Maximus the Confessor’s Biblical way of understanding Christ’s humanity in the monothelite controversy. His dissertation included substantial original translation work of Maximus’s thought. He edited and introduced a book for CUA Press on the Fathers of the Church and the capital vices, The Sayings of the Fathers of the Church: The Seven Deadly Sins (May 2018). He is currently co-editing a book on the notion of ascent in patristic spirituality. He has served on the faculties of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Ave Maria University, and John Paul the Great Catholic University. He has published in the Polish journal Vox Patrum, Nova et Vetera, Logos, the Review of Biblical Literature, and the New Catholic Encyclopedia. He is currently associate editor of the Mariological journal Ecce Mater Tua. He is a member of several academic societies, including the International Association of Patristic Studies, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Academy of Catholic Theology.

Conference/Workshop Presentations

Sed Contra: A Podcast of Catholic Theology, "Would God Have Become Incarnate Had Man Not Sinned?" (Dec. 10, 2020). https://www.sacradoctrinaproject.org/sedcontra/episode/2ba20773/would-god-have-become-incarnate-had-man-not-sinned

An Introduction to St. Maximus the Confessor, Blessed Sacrament Men’s Group, Seattle, Oct. 21, 2020 (via videoconference)

“Maximus the Confessor’s Anti-Severan Polemics in the Opuscula,” North American Patristics Society, Chicago (May 27-29, 2021—postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19)

Panel moderator, “Theosis in the Second and Third Centuries: Early Perspectives and Approaches to the Human Journey to God,” North American Patristics Society (May 27-29, 2021—postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19)

Panel moderator, “Revisiting Neo-Cyrillian and Non-Chalcedonian Theologies: Their Implications for Ecumenical and Speculative Reflection,” North American Patristics Society (May 27-29, 2021—postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19)

“The Rule of Faith: A Pious Fiction or a Necessary First Principle?” Development of Doctrine: Revelation, Magisterium, and Human Person, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2021 TBA—postponed from June 18–20, 2020 due to Covid-19)

“The Craftsmanship of God and Σοφία vs. the Evil Craft of Idolaters in the Wisdom of Solomon,” in the workshop Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, Calif. (paper accepted, Nov. 23–26, 2019).

“God the Craftsman in the Wisdom of Solomon and the Speculative Hazard Hidden in the Manipulation of Nature,” 8th Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization, Technology and the Human Person, Benedictine College, Atchison, Kan. (March 30, 2019).

“The Centrality of Faith in the Raising of Lazarus,” guest lecture, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, La. (Feb. 26, 2019).

“Reading the Old Testament with Paul as a Guide,” public faculty lecture, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (Jan. 31, 2019).

“Abraham’s Role as Indiscriminate Almsgiver in John Chrysostom’s Exegesis of the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man,” Canadian Society of Patristic Studies, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Can. (May 29, 2018).

“Is Maximus Parsing Christ in His Scriptural Exegesis of the Human Faculty of Willing?” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, Ill. (May 26, 2018).

Humanae Vitae, the Call to Asceticism, and the New Evangelization,” 7th Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization, Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later: A Call to Self-Gift, Benedictine College, Atchison, Kan. (March 24, 2018).

“Covenant Promise and Resurrection Faith: The Abrahamic Narrative,” Christendom Graduate School, Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 21, 2018).

“Maximus and Thomas on the Infusion of the Rational Soul,” the Aquinas Center and the Thomistic Institute, Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Fathers, Ave Maria University (Jan. 26, 2018). 

Maximus the Confessor’s Dyothelitism as a Bulwark for Trinitarian Theology, Christology, and Soteriology,” International Patristics Conference: Fathers of the Church in the Polemics Against Heresies, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II, Lublin, Poland (May 19, 2016).

Selected Publications

“Nahum,” “Nebuchadnezzar,” “New Heaven and New Earth,” “Old and New,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Constance M. Furey, Brian Matz, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski, eds., Berlin: De Gruyter (2021/2022, in production).

“The Assent of Faith and the Unity of the Form in Biblical Exegesis: Balthasar’s Response to Rahner,” Heythrop Journal, vol. LXI, iss. 6 (2020), 989–97.

Contracted to produce a translation of Maximus the Confessor’s Small Theological and Polemical Opuscules, and the Dispute with Pyrrhus for the Catholic University of America Press’s Fathers of the Church series, the manuscript of which is scheduled to be turned in by August 2021. Maximus’s complete Opuscula are still unavailable to English readers.

Submitted a full manuscript of twenty collected essays with another co-editor to Brill entitled, Patristic Spirituality: Classical Perspectives on Ascent in the Journey to God for consideration in their Studies in Theology and Religion series.

“Biblical Love, Insatiable Satisfaction, and Deification in Maximus the Confessor” in Patristic Spirituality, Springer and Clarke, eds. 

“The Assent of Faith and the Unity of the Form in Biblical Exegesis: Balthasar’s Response to Rahner,” Heythrop Journal (forthcoming; published online in “early view” Aug. 29, 2018).

Sayings of the Fathers of the Church: Seven Deadly Sins, edited and introduced by Kevin M. Clarke (Catholic University of America Press, May 2018), 240 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8132-3021-4 

“Moses’s Dark Cloud, Teresa’s Dark Night, and the Soul’s Entrance into the Divine Presence” LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 22.1 (2019), 131–46.

“Preserving the Whole Theological System: Maximus the Confessor’s Dyothelitism as a Bulwark for Trinitarian Theology, Christology, and Soteriology,” Vox Patrum 37, vol. 68 (2017), 479–500.

“‘Being Bishoped’ by God: The Theology of the Episcopacy According to St. Ignatius of Antioch,” Nova et Vetera, 14.1 (2016), 227–43.