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Department ofReligious Studies

Phillip Boo Riley

Philip Boo Riley
Associate Professor

Philip Boo Riley graduated from Regis College in Denver, Colorado with a degree in Inter-disciplinary Studies (1973), and then moved to Canada for graduate work in religious studies at McMaster University  (M.A., 1975; Ph.D., 1980).  His work on Jesuit philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan informed his initial courses in Catholic Theology and philosophy of religion as well as his scholarship, including two edited volumes from a 1984 international conference hosted by SCU’s Lonergan Research Center with Timothy Fallon (Philosophy). For most of the 1990’s and early 2000’s he enjoyed a tour of duty in SCU’s administration.  When he returned to the department in 2003 his teaching and research interests shifted to ways in which local faith communities and organizations engage dynamics—e.g. globalization, diversity, immigration, civic identity and life, social inequality—that define the Silicon Valley region.

Courses

RSOC 9 - Ways of Understanding Religion
RSOC 123 - Religions@Silicon Valley
RSOC 135 - Solidarity in Silicon Valley

Publications

Articles
    "Religious Studies Methodology: Bernard Lonergan's Contribution." Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies 12 (2 1994) 239-49.
    "History and Doctrine: the Foundational Character of Bernard Lonergan's Christian Philosophy." Religious Studies and Theology 5 (1985) 79-96.
    "Theology and/or Religious Studies: A Case Study of SR, 1971-1981." Studies in Religion/Religieuses Sciences 13 (4 1984) 423-44.
    "The Meaning of History: Leo Strauss and Bernard Lonergan on the 'Crisis of Modernity.'" Logos: Philosophical Issues in Christian Perspective 4 (1983) 71-100.


Joint Publications
    Edited with Timothy P. Fallon, S.J. Religion in Context: Recent Studies in Lonergan, College Theology Society, Resources in Religion 5. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988.
    Edited with Timothy P. Fallon, S.J. Religion and Culture: Essays in Honor of Bernard Lonergan S.J. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1986.


Chapters in Books
    "Theology and/or Religious Studies: Bernard Lonergan's Option." In Lonergan Workshop, vol. 4 (ed. F. Lawrence; Chico, CA: Scholar's Press, 1983) 115-39.

In the News

August 3, 2022

Tom Plante comments in the The Washington Post article "Have people forgotten how to be good travelers during the pandemic?" on Shelley Hunter's meltdown before a recent flight from Reno, NV, to San Diego. The reason? She had forgotten one of the basic travel requirements: a picture ID. Also in 24hrssports.

August 3, 2022

Tom Plante talks about public schools that are adding mental health staff and “therapeutic support classrooms” to absorb an expected flood of anxious and depressed students returning next month from two years of virtual learning.

August 3, 2022

Rohit Chopra comments in Voice of America on India’s Supreme Court ordering the release of a leading Muslim journalist and fact-checker arrested last month over a 4-year-old tweet that, according to the police, “hurt religious sentiment” of Hindus. Also in Silicon Valley News.