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George E. Griener
Associate Professor Emeritus of Historical and Systematic Theology

As Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Fr. Griener teaches courses in History of Theology (18th and 19th centuries), Karl Rahner's Philosophy of Religion, Theology of Suffering, God of Jesus Christ and Theological Anthropology.

Fr. Griener is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Historical Society, and the Catholic Theological Society of America. He has recently published an article titled "The Theology of Suffering in a Narcissistic Culture." His social-political concerns find expression through Amnesty International, the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission, and the Catholic peace organization, Pax Christi.


ST 2180: Introduction to Theology
ST 2378: Spirit in the Church
ST 4038: Creation, Eschatology, Science
ST 4152: Vatican II: Theological Import
ST 4419: Theology of Suffering
ST 5170: Medieval Images: The Person
ST 5208: Rahner's Philosophy of Religion
STLS 2119: Sacraments of Christian Initiation

  • Karl Rahner: Pastoral Theologian, in Finding God in All Things: Celebrating Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner. Ed. Mark Bosco and David Stagaman, Fordham, 2007.
  • Rahner and the Pacific Rim: From the Kulturkampf to Chinas Cultural Christians, in Rahner Beyond Rahner: A Great Theologian Encounters the Pacific Rim. Ed. Paul Crowley, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.
  • Theology of Suffering In a Culture of Narcissism, in Living Theology. Manila: Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania, Ed. J. M. Francisco, 2001.
  • Theology of history, in The Harper Collins Encyclopedia of Catholicism, ed. Richard P. McBrien, Harper Collins, 1995.
  • End of the material world, in The Harper Collins Encyclopedia of Catholicism, Ed. Richard P. McBrien, Harper Collins, 1995.
  • Ernst Troeltsch and Herman Schell: Christianity and the World Religions. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 1990.