Prof. Michael J. Dodds, O.P.Professor of Philosophy and Theology

    Research Profil

    My recent research has been centered on the contribution that the Aristotelian/Thomistic account of causality may make to the contemporary discussion of divine action. I have also investigated the question of God’s immutability and the relation between God and human suffering.

    Teaching Profile

    I regularly offer courses in the philosophy of nature and philosophical anthropology, emphasizing the relationship between the Aristotelian/Thomistic tradition and contemporary science. I also teach courses on the existence and attributes of God, creation, Trinity, divine action, and the question of God and human suffering.

    Selected Publications

    The One Creator God in Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Theology. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2020.

    “The God of Life, the Science of Life, and the Problem of Language.” In God: Reason and Reality. Edited by Anselm Ramelow, O.P. Munich: Philosophia Verlag, 2014, 197-231.

    Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

    “Hylomorphism and Human Wholeness: Perspectives on the Mind-Brain Problem.” Theology and Science 7 (2009): 141-62.

    The Unchanging God of Love: Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Theology on Divine Immutability. Second Edition. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2008.

    “The Teaching of Thomas Aquinas on the Mysteries of the Life of Christ (Summa Theologiae, Part III, Questions 27-45).” In Aquinas on Doctrine: a Critical Introduction. Edited by Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM. Cap., Daniel Keating and John Yocum. London: T&T Clark/ Continuum, 2004, 91-115.

    Happily Ever After Begins Here and Now: Living the Beatitudes Today. By Bill Dodds and Michael J. Dodds, OP. Chicago: Loyola Press, 1997.

    “Of Angels, Oysters and an Unchanging God: Aquinas on Divine Immutability.” Listening 30 (1995): 35-49.

    “Ultimacy and Intimacy. Aquinas on the Relation between God and the World.” In Ordo Sapientiae et Amoris, Image et message de Saint Thomas d’Aquin à travers les récentes études historiques, herméneutiques et doctrinales. Hommage au Professeur Jean-Pierre Torrell, OP. Edited by Carlos-Josaphat Pinto de Oliveira. Fribourg: Editiones Universitaires, 1993, pp.211-227.

    “Thomas Aquinas, Human Suffering, and the Unchanging God of Love.” Theological Studies 52 (1991): 330-44.



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