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Paul Crowley, S.J.

Paul G. Crowley

Jesuit Community Professor

Fr. Crowley, a graduate of Stanford (BA) and Columbia (MA), received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where he studied under Fr. Michael J. Buckley, S.J.  He also pursued studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto, and later at the Jesuit School of Theology, where he earned the STL.   He joined the Santa Clara faculty in 1989, and has also served as visiting professor at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and Stanford.  His research focuses on the intersection of systematic theology and modern thought.  A former department chair, he has served on the governing boards of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and of the journal Theological Studies.  In 2015 he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Theological Studies.


TESP 4 The Christian Tradition
TESP 50 Catholic Theology: Foundations
TESP 185 Karl Rahner: Foundations of Christian Faith

SPIR 2180 Introduction to Theology (JST)
ST 2391 Christology: Ancient and Modern (JST)
SPIR 231 Theology of Suffering (Pastoral Ministries, SCU)


In Ten Thousand Places: Dogma in a Pluralistic Church. Crossroad/Herder, 1997

Unwanted Wisdom: Suffering, the Cross and Hope. Continuum, 2005

From Vatican II to Pope Francis: Charting a Catholic Future. Orbis, 2014

“Catholicity, Inculturation and Newman’s Sensus Fidelium,” Heythrop Journal 33(1992): 161-74.

“Encountering the Religious Other: Challenges to Rahner’s Transcendental Project,” Theological Studies 65 (2004): 500-29.

“Mystagogy and Mission: The Challenge of Nonbelief and the Task of Theology,” Theological Studies 76 (2015): 7-28.

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