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Professor Wilhemus "Pim" Valkenberg named Theology Department's 2017-2018 Cardin Chair


Wilhelmus (“Pim”) Valkenberg, the 2017-18 Cardin Chair in the Humanities, is originally from the Netherlands, and taught for two decades at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, and for five years (2006-2011) here at Loyola University Maryland.  He is now a Professor Religion and Culture at the Catholic University of America. His recent publications include a World Religions textbook (conceived at Loyola, published 2013; new edition 2017), a Christian view of Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet Movement (2015) and a book about Nostra Aetate (2016). For a more complete bio you may visit http://trs.cua.edu/faculty/valkenberg/index.cfm    He is now finishing a Christian commentary on texts about the "People of Scripture" in the Qur'an.

The Cardin Chair and Jerome S. Cardin Lecture were established in 1984 by Jerome S. Cardin, Esq. The chair, a professorship dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the Judeo-Christian tradition across the humanities, was the first endowed chair in the humanities at Loyola College. The chair is filled bi-annually, on a rotating basis, by a department in the humanities.

Fall 2017 Cardin Chair Faculty Seminar on "Qur'ānic Perceptions of Jews and Christians"

LCAS faculty are invited to participate in seminar discussions on "Qur'ānic Perceptions of Jews and Christians," hosted by Dr. Pim Valkenberg, 2017-18 Cardin Chair in the Humanities (Theology Department).

Under Dr. Valkenberg’s guidance, seminar participants will read and discuss passages from the Qur'ān that refer to or address Jews or Jews and Christians together, as well as passages that refer to events in Jewish history. The approach will be to discuss the Qur'ān as a rhetorical text.

Attendance is open to all faculty members, and little or no preparation is required.
Texts will be distributed beforehand or at the seminar. The following is a list of the dates and times we will meet throughout the Fall. Times for the Spring semester will be determined later.

*All sessions will be held in the Theology Dept. Seminar Room, HU-042-R.

Mon 9/18, 12 pm -1 pm
Friday 10/20, 12 pm -1 pm
Monday 11/6, 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Monday 11/27, 12 pm - 1 pm
Monday 12/11, 12 pm - 1 pm
If you hope to attend the first session on September 18th, please kindly indicate so by emailing the Theology Administrative Assistant, Bess Garrett, (esgarrett@loyola.edu) so that she knows how many copies of the relevant texts to prepare for that session.

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Course "Encounters Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam"

TH 383/TH668 Encounters Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Discusses some of the most important theological topics in the encounters between adherents of the three “Abrahamic” religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with particular attention to how Jewish theology views the Christian and Islamic claims to Abrahamic parentage.  Encounters examined include those in the  Medieval and contemporary periods. Topics  include dialogues and polemics about the nature and the properties of God; creation; the status and role of human beings; revelation and the Word of God; role and function of prophets; and the limits of human language about God.
The course is scheduled on TTH 3:05-4:20.

Apart from that he will teach a faculty seminar and do a Scripture reading circle (with Scott Adams in Campus Ministry).

 Sponsored by the Theology Department  & the Center for the Humanities

     Previous Cardin Chair Holders

  • Carole Fink, History, 1987-1988
  • Merrold Westphal, Philosophy, 1989-1990
  • Reed Way Dosenbrock, English, 1992-1993
  • Theodore Perry, Modern Languages, 1994-1995
  • Donald Lazere, Writing and Media, 1996-1997
  • Bruce Marshall, Theology, 1998-1999
  • Mark Thistlewaite and Louis Fantasia, Fine Arts, 2000-01
  • Frank Romer, Classics, 2002-2003
  • No Chair Holder, History, 2004-2005
  • Balazs Mezei, Philosophy, 2006-2007
  • Tod Linafelt, English, 2008-2009
  • Nicholas Martin, Modern Languages, 2011-2012
  • Patricia L. Bizzell, Writing 2015-2016
  • Wilhemus "Pim" Valkenberg, Theology
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