Where am I?

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Chair in Catholic Thought

Dr. Brian J. Matz

Contact Info
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105
bmatz@fontbonne.edu
(314) 719-4352
Office Location: East 300

Education

Ph.D. and S.T.D. K. U. Leuven (social ethics)
Ph.D. Saint Louis University (early Christian studies)
Th.M. Dallas Seminary (historical theology)
B.S.B.A. Washington University in St. Louis (accounting)

Research Interests

I teach and publish in the fields of historical theology, Catholic social ethics and (strangely enough!) healthcare policy ethics. My particular interests are Greek and Latin patristics and Carolingian-era theological controversies.

Publications

Monographs

  • Gregory Nazianzen. Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality. Series edited by Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic Press. Forthcoming in 2016.
  • Patristic Social Thought and Catholic Social Thought: Some Models for a Dialogue. Studies in the Catholic Social Tradition. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.
  • Patristic Sources and Catholic Social Teaching: A Forgotten Dimension. A Textual, Historical, and Rhetorical Analysis of Patristic Source Citations in the Church’s Social Documents. Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia. Vol. 59. Leuven: Peeters Press, 2008.

Edited Volumes

  • Brian Matz, Augustine Cassiday and Alex Hwang, eds. Grace for Grace: The Debate after Augustine and Pelagius. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2014.
  • Brian Matz, Johan Leemans, and Johan Verstraeten, eds. Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics: Issues and Challenges for 21st Century Christian Social Thought. CUA Studies in Early Christianity. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2011.

Articles

  • "Reception of the Augustinianism Debate in the Double-Predestination Debate of the Carolingian Era." In Grace for Grace: The Debate after Augustine and Pelagius. Edited by Brian Matz, Augustine Casiday and Alexander Hwang. Pp. 235-270. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2014.
  • "Early Christian Philanthropy as a 'Marketplace' and the Moral Responsibility of Market Participants." In Distant Markets, Distant Harms: Economic Complicity and Christian Ethics. Edited by Daniel Finn. Pp. 115-145. Oxford: Oxford University Press. March 2014.
  • B. Matz, with Meghan Benson, Luke Connors, Porsche Erekson et al.. "Legacy of Prosper of Aquitaine in the Ninth-Century Predestination Debate." Studia Patristica 69 (2013): 283-288.
  • "Ascetic Readings of the Agricultural Parables in Mt 13:1-48 in the Cappadocians." In Askese und Exegese in im frühen Christentum. Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus. Vol. 101. Edited by Hans-Ulrich Wiedemann. Pp. 268-283. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013.
  • "Baptism as Theological Intersection in Gregory Nazianzen’s Oration 39." Sacris Erudiri 51 (2012): 35-58.
  • "Deciphering a Recipe for Preaching in Oration 14." In Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture. Edited by Christopher A. Beeley. Pp. 49-66. CUA Studies in Early Christianity. Washington D.C.: CUA Press, 2012.
  • B. Matz, Susan Holman and Caroline Macé, "Ps.-Basil 'De beneficentia': A Voice for Social Action?" Vigiliae Christianae 66 (2012): 457-481.
  • "The Principle of Detachment from Private Property in Basil of Caesarea’s Homily 6 and Its Context." In Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics: Issues and Challenges for 21st Century Christian Social Thought. Edited by B. Matz, J. Leemans and J. Verstraeten. Pp. 159-182. CUA Studies in Early Christianity. Vol. 6. Washington, D.C.: CUA Press, 2011.
  • "Preaching Social Ethics in Late Antique Christianity: Some Contours for a Dialogue with Evangelicals." In Contemporary Church and the Early Church. Edited by Paul Hartog. Pp. 131-154. ETS Monograph Series. Portland, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2010.
  • "Alleviating Economic Injustice in Gregory of Nyssa's 'Contra usurarios.'" Studia Patristica 45 (2010): 549-553.
  • "Greek Patristic Sources: A New Voice for Catholic Social Thought." In Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society. Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History. Edited by Susan Holman. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008. Pp. 287-293.
  • "Problematic Uses of Patristic Sources in the Documents of Catholic Social Thought." Journal of Catholic Social Thought 4.2 (2007): 459-485.
  • "The Kenosis as Pastoral Example in Gregory Nazianzen’s Oration 12." Greek Orthodox Theological Review 49.3-4 (2004): 279-290.

Encyclopedia entries

  • "Cappadocian Fathers", "Gregory of Nazianzus", and "Gregory of Nyssa." In Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Edited by Daniel Treier. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.
  • "Gregory of Nazianzus." In The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 10. Edited by Peter Gemeinhardt. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014. Digital-only encyclopedia.
  • "Free Will." In The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 9. Edited by Bernard McGinn. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014. Digital-only encyclopedia.

Activities of the CSJ Chair

Carondelet Lecture Series
CSJ Chair Annual Lecture
Other sponsored and co-sponsored programming

 

Previous holders of the CSJ Chair

Dr. Randall S. Rosenberg, 2011-2013
Dr. Jill Raitt, 2008-2011
Dr. Donald Burgo, 2006-2008, Inaugural CSJ Chair