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Theology Matters (TH 201)

An introduction to the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the history of Christianity, and the way these texts and traditions challenge, and are challenged by, the contemporary world.

Faculty biography

Fr. Stephen Spahn, S.J. was born in Denver Colorado, the youngest of 10 children.  He graduated from Georgetown University where he met the Jesuits, entering the Maryland Province in August of 1993. He holds Masters degrees in International Politics and Philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham Universities respectively and the MDiv., ThM and STL degrees from Boston College.  Ordained a priest in June of 2014, Fr. Spahn has served as Province Vocation Promoter, Parochial Vicar at Georgetown’s Holy Trinity and Baltimore’s St. Ignatius Parishes and Director of Ignatian Programs at Georgetown University. He presently serves as an Affiliate Faculty member in Loyola University Maryland’s Theology Department and the Associate Director of its Office of Mission Integration.

The Art of Reading(EN 101)

Cultivates reading, writing, thinking, and oral communication skills by investigating the kinds of attention that literary texts, in multiple genres, ask of readers. The course is writing intensive. Topics reflect the range of faculty expertise and interests and are selected to invite student curiosity.

Faculty biography

Dr. Brett Butler received his Ph.D. from Morgan State University, researching gender discourse in mid-20th century American literature. Prior to his career as an educator, he was a professional biographer, boxing journalist, and technical writer. He became a part of Loyola University's teaching community in 2020.

Mentor biography

Patrick Murnane is a proud Maryland native and an avid baseball fan who co-runs his own baseball podcast. He works in the Messina office as their Assistant Director. He graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in History and then earned his Master's in History at Rowan University in New Jersey. When not at work or at a baseball stadium, Patrick loves to spend time with dog, Griffey.

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TH 201 satisfies the Theology core requirement for all students. EN 101 satisfies the Literature core requirement for all students.