Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Colby Dickinson, PhD

Title/s:  Professor of Theology

Office #:  Crown Center 313

Phone: 773.508.2362

Email: cdickinson1@luc.edu

CV Link: Dickinson CV


Colby Dickinson completed a BA in literature at Truman State University (1998), an MTS at Duke Divinity School (2000), an MA in Theology, Religious Education at Saint Louis University (2006), an MAS in Theology at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium (2008), and STB, STL, PhD and STD degrees also completed at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2012). His areas of research include continental philosophy in relation to theology, philosophy of religion, phenomenology and theology, atheism and secularism, and political theology. 


Sacrae Theologiae Doctor (S.T.D.), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 11 May 2012

  • Dissertation under Prof. dr. Lieven Boeve and Dr. Frederiek Depoortere: ‘Religious Categories in-between Philosophy and Theology: A Fundamental-Theological Investigation into the “Messianic” and the “Canonical” in Contemporary Continental Thought’
  • Thesis: ‘The Processes of Canonicity and their Relation to the Canonical: A Further Freudian Impression’


Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus (S.T.L.), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 6 July 2011


Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus (S.T.B.), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 30 June 2010


Master of Advanced Studies in Theology (M.A.S.), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2 July 2008


Master of Arts in Theology, Religious Education (M.A.), Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, 6 January 2006


Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 14 May 2000

  • Thesis: ‘Søren Kierkegaard and the Politics of Poetics: Recovering Poetry as a Theological Discourse’


Bachelor of Arts, Literature (B.A.), Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, 29 May 1998

Program Areas

Systematic Theology

Research Interests

Continental Philosophy in relation to Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Phenomenology and Theology, Atheism and Secularism, and Political Theology

Selected Publications

Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer Series: A Critical Introduction and Guide, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022.

Theological Poverty in Continental Philosophy: After Christian Theology, ‘Political Theologies’, London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

The Fetish of Theology: The Challenge of the Fetish-Object to Modernity, ‘Radical Theologies and Philosophies’, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Theology as Autobiography: The Centrality of Confession, Relationship and Prayer to the Life of Faith, Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2020.

The Challenge of God: Continental Philosophy and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, with Hugh Miller and Kathleen McNutt, London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

Theology and Contemporary Continental Philosophy: The Centrality of a Negative Dialectics, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

Continental Philosophy and Theology, ‘Brill Research Perspectives in Theology’, Leiden: Brill, 2018.

Words Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of Representation, ‘Perspectives in Continental Philosophy’, New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.

Walter Benjamin and Theology, with Stéphane Symons, ‘Perspectives in Continental Philosophy’, New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.

Agamben’s Coming Philosophy: Finding a New Use for Theology, with Adam Kotsko, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 

Between the Canon and the Messiah: The Structure of Faith in Contemporary Continental Thought, ‘Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy’, London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

The Postmodern Saints of France: Refiguring ‘The Holy’ in Contemporary French Philosophy, London: T&T Clark, 2013.

Agamben and Theology, ‘Philosophy and Theology’, London: T&T Clark, 2011.