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Department ofReligious Studies

Paul Crowley, S.J.

Paul G. Crowley

Professor Emeritus

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. Fr. Crowley retired in June 2020.


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.

In the News

April 9, 2019

Paul Crowley, S.J. was quoted in Oakland North about the Oakland Diocese publishing names of clergy sexual abusers and other efforts needed to regain the public’s trust.