Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Paolo Gamberini, S.J., S.T.D.Paolo Gamberini, S.J., S.T.D.

Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology


B.Th., Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy, "Sez. San Luigi," Naples, Italy
M.Phil., Sacred Heart University, Milan, Italy
S.T.D., Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule, "Sankt Georgen," Frankfurt, Germany

Phone: (510) 549-5010
Mobile: (510) 229-9612
Office Hours: By appointment


About the Professor

“The real difference that has to be marked is not between believers and non-believers, but between thinking and not thinking, men and women who have the courage to live suffering, to continue to try to believe, hope and love, and men and women who have given up this struggle and came to be satisfied with superficial answers, instead of being moved by desire and longing for the ineffable. We need to listen to the real questions of life and understand them before the never quenchable mystery of existence. At the threshold of Mystery believers and non-believers come together listening each other. For those who believe this can mean a purification of their reason; for those who do not believe an opportunity to find companions on their journey to Truth.”
Cardinal C.M. Martini

Paolo Gamberini was born in Ravenna, Italy and entered the Jesuit Order in 1983. He received his M.Phil. from Milan at the Sacred Heart University and studied Theology in Germany (Frankfurt/M and Tübingen). He did his doctoral work at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, working on the concept of Analogy in the Theology of Eberhard Jüngel. He has been working since 1985 in the Ecumenical movement, especially with Anglicans and Lutherans. In 1988, 1998 and 2008, Gamberini attended the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England as a journalist for La Civiltà Cattolica. Since 1992, he has been teaching at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in Naples.

Gamberini has offered courses in Christology on the Dogmatic relevance of the Quest for the Historical Jesus. Additionally, he has taught Doctrine of the Trinity, Ecumenical Theology, issues in Fundamental Theology and Interreligious Dialogue, as well as Seminars in Comparative Spirituality (The Bhagavad Gita and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius).

He has been teaching at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in Naples and since 2005 has been Associate Professor, professore straordinario. He has been a Visiting Professors at many Jesuit Institutions in the US: Loyola University of Chicago, Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, Boston College-STM and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

Gamberini is also a member of the Steering committee of the Italian Theological Association (ATI), President of the Italian Section of the European Theological Association (ET), and member of the Jesuit Ecumenical Society.

"My major interest is Systematic Theology in dialogue with the challenges of pluralism and interreligious dialogue. My specific challenge is to rethink theological topics within contemporary cultural setting, characterized by modernity and postmodernity, in the mystical emergence of a globalized spirituality."


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