Trent Pomplun, Ph.D.
“Unlike most theology departments, Loyola’s has a special focus on comparative theology in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. As a result, I get to teach Buddhism, Hinduism, comparative religion, and the anthropology of religion,” says Trent Pomplun, Ph.D., who began teaching at Loyola in 2002. The associate professor of theology feels strongly about incorporating the Spiritual Exercises in his classes, because this gives his students the opportunity to learn meditation, discernment, the Examen, and the Jesuit core tenant of magis straight from St. Ignatius. Beyond theology, Dr. Pomplun teaches courses on the Renaissance in Loyola’s Honors Program. Originally from East Texas, he completed his B.A. in Religious Studies and Asian Studies from Rice University and holds both an M.A. in History of Religions and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. Dr. Pomplun is also a member of the American Academic of Religion, the Renaissance Society of America, and the International Associations of both Tibetan Studies and Buddhist Studies. Students might be surprised to learn Dr. Pomplun once lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he learned several types of Buddhist meditation from Tibetan monks.
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Our Jesuit, liberal arts education prepares students to pursue advanced theological studies by giving them the opportunity to learn Greek and Latin in the classics department; Plato, Aristotle, and Thomas Aquinas in the philosophy department; the history of religious controversies and the influence of the Kings James Bible on the English language, among other things. There’s really no end to how well it prepares them.