Department ofReligious Studies

Michael J. Buckley, S.J.

Michael J. Buckley

Professor Emeritus

Michael J. Buckley, S.J., is the Bea Professor of Theology at Santa Clara University. Prior to his accepting this appointment, Professor Buckley was for fourteen years a member of the theological faculty at Boston College, during which time he served as the Director of the Jesuit Institute and as Canisius Professor of Theology. Previously he was a member of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Visiting Scholar at Santa Clara University, Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University, Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Notre Dame and Faculty Fellow at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.

Professor Buckley received his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Gonzaga University, his STM from Santa Clara University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (analysis of ideas). He has received two doctorate honoris causa.

Professional Memberships

Clare Hall, Cambride University


President, Catholic Theological Society of America
Advisory Committee, Princeton Center of Theological Inquiry, Santa Clara University, 1999-2000.
Chair, Jesuit International Theological Commission
Executive Director, Committees on Doctrine and Pastoral Research and Practices
Consultant Board Member, Herder/Crossroad

  • TESP 150 Saint John of the Cross
  • TESP 185 Theology Karl Rahner

"Motion and Motion's God: Thematic Variations in Aristotle, Cicero, Newton and Hegel" (Princeton, 1971)
"At the Origins of Modern Atheism" (Yale 1987)
"Papal Primacy and the Episcopate. Towards a Relational Understanding" (Herder, 1998)
"The Catholic University as Promise and Project" (Georgetown, 1998)
"Denying and Disclosing God: The Ambiguous Progress and Modern Atheism" (Yale, 2000)

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