Thomas Cattoi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures
Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue
B.A., M.A. Oxford University;
MSc. London School of Economics;
M.Phil. University College London;
S.T.L. Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University;
Ph.D. Boston College
Phone: (510) 549-5005
Office Hours: By appointment, Room 103
About the Professor
"For we were predestined before the ages to be in Christ as members of his body. He adapted us to himself and knitted us together in the Spirit as a soul to a body (...) For this we were created; this was God's good purpose for us before the ages."
Maximos the Confessor, Amb. 7
Thomas Cattoi joined the Jesuit School faculty in August 2006 after completing his doctorate at Boston College. His research interests include Christology and Patristics, Mahayana Buddhism (with particular attention to the Tibetan tradition), and the theology of inter-religious dialogue. His current goal as a constructive theologian is to explore the interface between early Christian thought and comparative theology.
As Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures, Dr. Cattoi teaches courses such as Christology: Ancient and Modern, Christ Krishna Buddha, Tibetan Christian dialogue, and Interreligious dialogue. He has offered courses in Patristic Theology and Patristic Spirituality, as well as doctoral seminars for the Systematic and Spirituality areas of the GTU doctoral program.
Professor Cattoi has taught short courses at different Chinese universities under the umbrella of the Malatesta Program, which encourages academic exchanges between Chinese universities and Jesuit institutions of higher education in California. He has also led a number of theological immersions to Nepal and to India. In spring 2013, he taught a course in Patristic Spirituality at the Catholic University of Ukraine.
"I encourage students to observe, attend, survey, measure and revel in the near-dizzying array of religious and cultural diversity and innovation surrounding us... usually in the form of what is most unfamiliar to us."
Dr. Cattoi served as Co-Chair of the Mysticism Group for the American Academy of Religion in 2009-2014 and is one of the founding members of the Buddhist-Christian dialogue interest group for the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is currently the Convenor for the Systematic Area of the GTU doctoral program. He will serve as co-editor for a new book series for Palgrave Macmillan on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Mysticism.
Courses Recently Offered
- SPHS 5000: History of Christian Spirituality (with Rev. Arthur Holder, Ph.D.)
- ST 2391: Christology, Ancient and Modern
- ST 2055: Theology of Religions
- ST 5020: Methods and Doctrines I - History of Theology
- STHR 2380: Christ, Krishna, Buddha: Towards a New Theology of Divine Embodiment
- STHS 4039: Patristic Theology
- STRS 4215: Nepal Theological Immersion
- STRS 4216: India Theological Immersion
- STSP 4704: Patristic Spirituality
- STSP 4322: Theology of Desire
- STSP 4279: Tibetan-Christian Dialogue
- STSP 8427: Tibetan-Christian Dialogue
- Death Dying and Mysticism: The Ecstasy of the End (coedited with Christophe Moreman), Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming
- Theologies of the Sacred Image in Theodore the Studite and Bokar Rinpoche (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press), forthcoming
- “Reading Ignatius in Kathmandu: Towards a New Pedagogy of Interreligious Dialogue”, in Alex Hwang and Marc Pugliese (eds.), Teaching Interreligious Encounters (AAR/OUP series, 2015, forthcoming)
- “Ground and Manifestation: a Christian Reading of the Kun-byed Rgyal-po in Conversation with Origen’s De Principiis”, in You Bin (ed.) Acts of the October 2014 Minzu University Conference on Interreligious Dialogue, Minzu University, Beijing, 2015, forthcoming
- “The Ocean of Forgiveness: Grace and Eschatology in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life”, in Stephen Murray and Aimee Upjohn Light (eds.), God and Popular Culture: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s Most Popular Figure (Praeger Publishers, 2014)
- Editor, Many Tongues, One Spirit: Local Ecclesiology in Dialogue (Solstice Press, 2013)
- Theodore the Stoudite: Writings on Iconoclasm and the Spiritual Life (Ancient Christian Writers. New York, N.Y./Mahwah, N.J.: Newman/Paulist Press, 2014)
- Edited (With June McDaniel), Perceiving the Divine Through the Human Body: Mystical Sensuality (Palgrave McMillan, 2011)
- Divine Contingency: Theologies of Divine Embodiment in Maximos the Confessor and Tsong kha pa (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2009)
- "What has Chalcedon to do with Lhasa? John Keenan’s and Lai Pai-Chiu’s reflections on classical Christology and the possible shape of a Tibetan theology of incarnation," Buddhist-Christian Studies (Vol. 28, 2008), 13-26
- "The incarnate Logos and the rūpakāya: towards a comparative theology of embodiment", Religions East and West: Journal of the Institute of World Religions (Issue 8, October 2008), 109-131
- "Picturing Bodies: Sacred Images and Transformative Practice in Byzantium and Tibet", Journal of Inter-religious Dialogue (Issue 2, October 1 2009), 38-46
- "The symphonic church: Chalcedonian themes in Maximos the Confessor’s liturgical theology," Studia Patristica (Vol. 48)
- "Salvific asymmetry: anhypostasy and icon veneration in Theodore the Studite’s Antirrhetici", in Studia Patristica (Vol. 51)
- "Why Images? Visualized Deities and Glorified Saints in Vajrayāna Buddhism and Patristic Theology", Journal of Philosophy and Education, Salesian Institute of Philosophy in India, October 2010
- "Normative texts and multiple meanings: rescuing alternative voices in Origen’s and Tsong kha pa’s approaches to scriptural interpretation", in Religions East and West (October 2012)
- "Basil of Caesarea’s De Spiritu Sancto and Haexameron", introductory chapter to the Chinese translation of these two works published by Zhejiang University Press, Hang Zhou, China (published in Chinese translation)
- "An Evagrian ὑπόστασις? Leontios of Byzantium’s understanding of subjectivity in Contra Nestorianos et Eutychianos", in Studia Patristica
- "Primacy Revisited: Recovering Different Dimensions of Trinitarian Theology in Light of the 2007 Ravenna Declaration", in Khaled Anatolios (ed.), The Trinity in the Life of the Church (Baker Academic)