Welcome to the Department of Theological Studies website. Our department is dynamically committed to outstanding scholarship and in-depth exploration of theological questions. I invite you to explore the various dimensions of our programs and course offerings as they are intentionally directed to the rich, diverse background of the student population at Concordia University and in the larger Montreal community.
Our accomplished faculty mirrors this diversity in the span of the theological questions explored which is amply demonstrated in their publications and research projects.
Our department encourages students to pursue their own theological quest and goals through the six areas within Theological Studies: Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Ethics, Systematic Theology, Spirituality, as well as Church and State Relations. Students gain not only the ability to critically reflect on their own religions tradition and to interact with those from other religious traditions, they also are given concrete tools and skills to engage in many different professions: teaching, research, pastoral ministry, government or non-government positions (for example in areas related to ethics), and graduate or post-doctoral work.
A number of people are wondering how Theological Studies differs from Religious Studies. Click here to read how we are different.
You are welcome to contact our department and we will be pleased to discuss with you the exciting and rewarding possibilities of engaging in theological studies.
Dr. Matthew Anderson and Prof. Sara Terreault organized a conference entitled "The Ecstatic Journey: Pilgrimage Communed, Contested, and Confounded" (3-4 May 2013). Check out the poster, the conference program, and a special art event.
View some photos here.
Congratulations to our colleague, Dr. Jean-Michel Roessli, who has been elected by the scientific committee of the "Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales" (EHESS) in Paris, France, as a "Directeur d'études invité" for three years in the broad interdisciplinary project on Historiography of Ecclesiology (IVth-XXIst c.) directed by the French medievalist Dominique Iogna-Prat. Dr. Roessli will be giving four lectures at the EHESS every year in May from 2014 to 2016. His first topic will focus on the ecclesiological debates in Europe during the modernist crisis (Harnack, Loisy, Duchesne, etc.).
Congratulations to our colleagues, Rev. Dr. Raymond Lafontaine and Dr. Paul Allen for being named Concordia's Newsmakers of the Week on 11 March 2013 for their comments on the papal conclave and the election of Pope Francis I. Click here.