Fr. Michael McCarthy, S.J. began his undergraduate career at Stanford University but then entered the Jesuits and received his B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1987, attended Oxford University to complete the 4-year M.A. In Literae Humaniores, received a Master's in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1997, and earned his Ph.D. In Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Santa Clara University's Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Fr. McCarthy holds the Edmund Campion, S.J. Professor endowed chair. He is also an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Religious Studies and Classics Departments as well as the Director of the Catholic Studies Program. His research focuses primarily on Early Christianity, including the concept of church in ancient Christianity, early biblical exegesis, Augustine, religious authority/belief in fourth and fifth centuries, early asceticism/spirituality.
TESP 4 The Christian Tradition
TESP 103R RSS Religious Disillusionment: Augustine through Freud
TESP 132 Telling Your Story: Discerning Vocation
RSOC 65 Early Christianity
CLAS 12 Gods and Mortals
CLAS 132 Horace
Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)
"Augustine's Mixed Feelings: Vergil's Aeneid and the Psalms of David in the Confessions,"
Harvard Theological Review 102:4 (2009): 453-479.
"Modalities of Belief in Ancient Christian Controversy,"
Journal of Early Christian Studies 17:4 (2009): 605-634.
"Divine Wrath and Human Anger: Embarrassment Ancient and New,"
Theological Studies 70:4 (2009): 845-874.
"We Are Your Books' (Sermo 227): Augustine, the Bible, and the Practice of Authority,"
Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75:2 (June, 2007): 324-352.
"An Ecclesiology of Groaning: Augustine. the Psalms, and the Making of Church,"
Theological Studies 66:1 (March, 2005): 23-48.