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Department ofReligious Studies

Eugene Schlesinger

Eugene Schlesinger
Eugene R. Schlesinger

Eugene Schlesinger received his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and his M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC before spending five years in pastoral ministry. His pastoral work raised questions about the relationship between the church's life of worship (liturgy) and its engagement with the world around it (mission), which in turn drove him to pursue doctoral studies at Marquette University. This, in turn, ignited his love for teaching, especially at the undergraduate level. Dr. Schlesinger specializes in twentieth-century Catholic thought with a particular focus on developments in liturgical and sacramental theology and their impact on the Christian church. His current research itinerary explores the centrality of a theology of sacrifice for understanding Christian existence and the theme of salvation in the theology of Henri de Lubac.


TESP 4: The Christian Tradition
TESP 50: Catholic Theology: Foundations
TESP 122: Good and Evil
PLIT 202: Christian Liturgy
PLIT 235: Sacraments of Healing
PMIN 297: Sacraments & Liturgy


Sacrificing the Church: Mass, Mission, and Ecumenism (Fortress Academic/Lexington Books, 2019).

Missa Est! A Missional Liturgical Ecclesiology (Fortress Press, 2017).

“Eucharistic Sacrifice as Anti-Violent Pedagogy.” Theological Studies 80.3 (2019), 653–72.

“Revisiting Anglicanism’s Vocation to Disappear.” Journal of Anglican Studies 17.1 (2019), 8–30.

“The Integrative Role of Sacrifice in the Theology of Henri de Lubac.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 20:3 (2018), 402–22.

“A Trinitarian Basis for a ‘Theological Ecology’ in Light of Laudato Si’.” Theological Studies 79:2 (2018), 339–355.


In the News

January 15, 2020

Eugene Schlesinger wrote an article in The Living Church about Jesus responding to the basic human need of food.

September 2020

Eugene Schlesinger wrote an article in The Living Church about the ten commandments.

December 25, 2019

Eugene Schlesinger wrote an article in The Living Church about the celebration of incarnation.