A native of Evansville, IN, Paul Schutz received his B.A. in English, Music, and Film Studies from Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. His research focuses on the relationship between religion and ecology, with an emphasis on how contemporary scientific knowledge grounds and informs humanity's relationship with the natural world and other-than-human creatures. His doctoral dissertation, "Ineffable Cosmos, Ineffable Love: Divine Action, Ecology, and the 'Laws of Nature' in the Theology of William R. Stoeger, S.J.," draws on the theological writings of Jesuit astrophysicist William Stoeger to propose an 'ecopolitical' theology oriented toward the flourishing of all creatures according to their own kind. A longtime liturgist and musician, his work also addresses the potential of Christian worship and biblical accounts of creation, life, and love for cultivating a robust praxis of ecological and social justice.
“God Saw . . . and God knew . . .”: Science, Divine Action, and Un/answered Prayers.” In Prayer and Communication with the Divine, the Saints, and the Departed, ed. Thomas G. Plante and Gary E. Schwartz (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2021). (forthcoming 2021).
“Fire of Justice, Breath of Life: Exodus 3 as Foundational Narrative for Ecopolitical Theology.” The Heythrop Journal (Dec. 2020).
“Cultivating a ‘Cosmic Perspective’ in Theology: Reading William R. Stoeger with Laudato Si.’” Theological Studies 80, no. 4 (Dec. 2019).
“As Dewdrops on Indra’s Web: Buddhism, Constitutive Relationships, and Care for Our Common Home,” in All the Ends of the Earth: Challenge and Celebration of Global Catholicism: The Annual Volume of the College Theology Society, ed. Jane E. Linahan and Cyril Orji (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2020).
"Environmental Sciences" and “20th and 21st Century Catholic Voices on Nature and Science.” In Christian Theology and the Modern Sciences, edited by John Slattery. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2020.
"Could a Creature Harm a Fly? From Creatureliness to a Creation Imagination." The Other Journal (October 2017).
“All Creation Sings: The Ecological Crisis, Laudato Si’, and an Orthodoxy of Praise.” Liturgy+Power: The Annual Volume of the College Theology Society (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017).
“The Art & Challenge of Collaborative Liturgy.” Pastoral Music 34, no. 1 (Oct. 2006): 53. (with Rev. Stephen P. Lintzenich, former pastor, St. Mary Catholic Church, Evansville, IN)