John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology
"It is not oceans of immense distances that challenge the heralds of the gospel but the boundaries resulting from an erroneous or superficial vision of God and man that stands between faith and human knowledge, faith and modern science, faith and the commitment to justice.”
Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to the Jesuits in 2008
Salvador Dali, "The Temptation of St. Anthony," 1946
The scholarship undertaken and supported by the John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair of Theology seeks to address the concerns articulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his address to the Jesuits in 2008. This scholarship falls under the following foci:
- The dialogue within the Roman Catholic Church regarding the meaning of its central symbols and doctrines and regarding the meaning of what constitutes a truly human life;
- The dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and other confessions within Christianity;
- The dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the great world religions;
- The dialogue between the Church and the secular world;
- The dialogue between theology and the sciences.
Each of these dialogues is of great importance in our current cultural moment. For ours is a time of pluralism – a time not only of a pluralism of the various confessions within Christianity, but of pluralism within the Roman Catholic Church; a time not only of an increasing awareness of religious pluralism, but a time in which the Christian understanding of what constitutes a truly human life is no longer self-evident and in which various secular understandings of human flourishing contend with that of the Christian faith; a time of pluralism in approaches to our understanding of the world and of the place of human beings within the world. The John Cardinal Cody Chair seeks to examine issues of import within each of these foci through the Cody Lecture and seminars and colloquia offered throughout the academic year.
Edmondo Lupieri was named the 3rd recipient of the John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair of Theology in 2006 and established the annual Cody Lecture to address the relation of theology and the sciences. Professor Lupieri may be contacted by phone at 773.508.2363 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
''City of God / Towns for Humans''
The John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology will host a two-day conference titled "City of God / Towns for Humans" at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus in Coffey Hall - McCormick Lounge on April 25 and 26. This conference is being co-sponsored by the Laboratory of Research on the City of the Istituto di Studi Superiori of the Università di Bologna.
"City of God / Towns for Humans" will feature acclaimed architect Joseph Rykwert and the Boston Globe columnist James Carroll. Both will give lectures on Thursday afternoon, April 25. Profs. John McCarthy and Edmondo Lupieri of Loyola University Chicago will be joined by Prof. Raffaele Milani of the Università di Bologna on Friday morning, April 26.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is generously supporting "City of God / Towns for Humans" and will also be hosting its own program on Friday evening, April 26, at 6:00 p.m. titled "Italian Design Between Aesthetics and Identity Workshop."
John J. Collins
"What Have We Learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls?"
A native of Ireland, John J. Collins was a professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago from 1991 until his arrival at Yale Divinity School in 2000. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
''The Reception of Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam''
On November 14 - 16, 2012, the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology hosted a conference titled "The Reception of Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." The conference was convened by Edmondo Lupieri, Eric F. Mason, and Alec Lucas.
A Trilateral Agreement for Scientific Collaboration established between:
- Loyola University Chicago, Department of Theology, Ph.D. Program in New Testament and Early Christianity;
- The University of Bologna, Department of "Discipline Storiche," Ph.D. Program in "Studi Religiosi: Scienze Sociali e Studi Storici delle Religioni";
- The Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, en Sorbonne.
A trilateral agreement was established in April 2010 between these institutions to promote cooperation in matters of research and teaching in the area of religion. The forms of cooperation may include: the exchange of visiting scholars, doctoral students, young post-doctoral researchers and professors; the exchange of scientific publications; the organization of colloquia, seminars and common conferences; the development of research projects that will connect the three institutions.
Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, "St. Jerome in his Study," 1617
American Editorial Board, Annali di Storia dell'Esegesi
Since its founding in 1984 by Dr. Mauro Pesce, Annali di storia dell'esegesi has established itself as a top European journal on the history of Christianity and the interpretation of the Bible, featuring articles reflecting interdisciplinary approaches and international perspectives.
The journal is now expanding its presence in North America with the establishment of an American Editorial Board, consisting of Edmondo F. Lupieri (Loyola University Chicago, Chairperson); Michael A. Daise (College of William and Mary); Pierluigi Piovanelli (University of Ottawa); and Brian Dennert (Loyola University Chicago, Secretary).