Prof. Richard ViladesauProfessor of Theology


    Professor Viladesau focuses on philosophical theology, comparative theology, theology and aesthetics, and soteriology. His most current research activity centers on theological aesthetics in history and in current practice. This project includes the consideration of aesthetics in several senses, including the relation of God to beauty, sensibility, and the arts. A second focus of Professor Viladesau’s research is the notion of God or the Absolute in different religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Islam), in both mythic-aesthetic and the philosophical-ontological mediations.


    Professor Viladesau’s recent courses include God in Comparative Theology, Scriptures of the World, and Religion in the Modern World. At the undergraduate level, Professor Viladesau focuses in his teaching on comparisons between major world religious traditions, as well as on key issues in contemporary Christian theology. At the graduate level, Professor Viladesau teaches courses in fundamental theology and aesthetics.

    Select Publications

    “Betrayal of Christ. In art.” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin: de Gruyter), 2011.

    “Jesus Christ, Iconography of.” New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2011, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi, vol. 1. (Detroit: Gale, 2011): 377-391.

    Review of “The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian ‘Terms” for the Journal of Comparative Islamic Studies.

    The Beauty of the Cross. The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts. From the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

    The Triumph of the Cross. The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts. From the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).



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